Arms and Armour of Old Japan by B.W. Robinson, Photographs

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Perhaps this arose from a change in the commendations policy of the government, but there is also a strong possibility that it resulted from differences in the practices of the compilers of the several works. In Nihon Koki there are no cases of filial children in the partial text that currently exists. The section of Ruiju Kokushi devoted to virtuous wives col- Introduction 27 lects all the entries that appear in Nihon Koki, and our figures are based on these. Thus the ratio of filial children to virtuous wives in Nihon Koki has no significance.

313-99), and Bidatsu (r. 572-85). ' In this case, 'the National History' specifically means Nihon Shoki. Apparently the term 'the National History(ies) and the genealogies' was current at that time: Kogo Shui [Gleanings from Ancient Words, 807] states, 'The matter is recorded in the National Histories and the genealogies, but there remain a few things to discuss in detail/10 In this case, the term National Histories includes Nihon Shoki and Shoku Nihongi. '11 Here, of course, Nihon Shoki is meant.

Many scholars, beginning with Tsuda Sokichi, have written about the value of historical materials in Nihon Shoki. There was a time when people Introduction 21 TABLE 2 Contents Nihon Shoki Shoku Nihongi Nihon Koki Shoku Nihon Koki Montoku Jitsuroku Sandai Jitsuroku Pre-accession history 1st day of month sexagenary cycle yes yes no no no part no yes 5th rank yes yes no yes 4th rank yes yes yes part 4th rank yes yes part part 5th rank yes yes yes part 5th rank yes Assessments Biographies Senmyo decrees believed that Nihon Shoki consisted of historical facts, but precisely the opposite is now true.

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