Kaempfer Part 1 2. Engelbert Kaempfer played a key role in introducing the soybean and soyfoods to the Western world. His book Amoenitatum Exoticarum , published in Germany in , contained the first written description by a Westerner of the soybean plant and seeds accompanied by the first Western illustration of these , plus the most detailed descriptions to date of the process for making miso and shoyu Japanese-style soy sauce. Actually between and six Europeans had written of soyfoods miso, tofu, and soy sauce; see Chapter 4, Dissemination to Europe , however none of these men knew how these soyfoods were produced, nor did they realize that they were made from soybeans. With the publication of Kaempfer's influential and popular book in the Western world understood, for the first time, the connection between soybeans and soyfoods Hymowitz , a. Early Life.
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At Uppsala , Swed. Remaining for two years, he saw more of the country and collected more information than any other European before him.
Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. See Article History. Britannica Quiz. Traditionally, the ruler and absolute monarch of Japan was the emperor or empress, even if that person did not have the actual power to govern, and the many de facto leaders of the country throughout history—notably shoguns—always ruled in the name of the monarch.
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Engelbert Kaempfer on the old roads of Japan
He wrote two books about his travels. Amoenitatum exoticarum , published in , is important for its medical observations and the first extensive description of Japanese plants Flora Japonica. His History of Japan , published posthumously in , was the chief source of Western knowledge about the country throughout the 18th and midth centuries when it was closed to foreigners. Kaempfer was born at Lemgo in the principality of Lippe , Westphalia. His father was a pastor and his mother helped support the congregation. In , Kaempfer visited Uppsala in Sweden, where he was offered inducements to settle.
You met all kinds of people on the roads of old Japan — throngs of them. Physician, scholar, naturalist, explorer, Kaempfer was in Japan from Fifty years earlier Japan had barred its gates against the menacing outside world — an isolation it would maintain until the midth century. The only foreigners admitted were a handful of Dutch and Chinese traders confined to the little island of Dejima off Nagasaki. Kaempfer, attached to the Dutch East India Company as a physician, writhed under the confinement but twice traveled to Edo present-day Tokyo as part the annual delegation that the Company was obliged to send for an audience with the shogun. Construction of these began early in the 17th century, symbolizing and reinforcing a national unity forged in battle and still fragile.
At Uppsala , Swed. Remaining for two years, he saw more of the country and collected more information than any other European before him. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. See Article History.