Kaemon Takashima (高島 嘉右衛門) is a fascinating multi-facetted individual of the Meiji Era. He was a business trained in the Yijing school of Arai Hakuga. His societal network was vast and he regularly divined for government officials. His interpretations of the Yijing span from events pertaining to individuals to societal evolution. Several of his predictions are well-known, including the major earthquake of the Ansei period that hit Tokyo in 1855, the Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War and his own death.
This book, translated by Sugiura Shigetake is an abridged version of the 10-volumes original, is the only one known of the Yijing as understood in Japan. The work of Shigetake stands unique as a Japanese interpretation of the Yijing. It is also a work interspersed with historical events and customs showing a rare insight of the Japanese culture of the time. Finally, the practical examples are invaluable for Yijing students.
Being an abridgement, several techniques are assumed to be known. One should consult the annexes and additional works. To further the studies on the Yijin, one may consult Chang, Tuck. Unveiling the Mystery of I Ching which I believe to be a major work on the topic. The French translation of Mr. Philastre, Yijing. Yichuan et Benyi are also unique in being the only present ones providing two major commentaries.
This reedition is a significant reorganisation. It includes the insertion of the corresponding Chinese text, the cross-verification of terms and the update of 178 transliterated Chinese expressions into modern pinyin. Ten supplementary annexes have been provided to facilitate the understanding of the text.