Confucius (孔子, Kōshi) was a Chinese philosopher who lived in China from 551 to 479 BC. His teachings, known as Confucianism (儒教, Jukyō), have had a deep impact not only on China but also many neighboring countries, including Japan.
Confucianism is one of the three traditional Chinese religions, besides Taoism and Buddhism. According to early Japanese writings, it was introduced to Japan via the Korean peninsula in the year 285 AD. Some of the most important Confucian principles are humanity, loyalty, morality and consideration on an individual and political level.
During the Edo Period (1603-1868), Neo-Confucianism (especially Chu Hsi Confucianism) was the most important philosophy in the Tokugawa government and education. It had a prevalent impact on Japanese society at the time, and its influences can still be felt today.
The following are some sites related to Confucius and his teachings around Japan: