What does the Japanese word Sonno-joi means?
i encountered the line at James Clavells Gai-jin.
- avonfromstubbyLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sonnō jōi (尊皇攘夷 or 尊王攘夷, Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarians?) is a Japanese political philosophy and a social movement derived from Neo-Confucianism; it became a political slogan in 1850s-60s in the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa bakufu.
The slogan sonnō jōi (尊王攘夷 zunwáng rǎngyí) had its origins in China with Lord Huan of Qi, the ruler of the state of Qi in the Spring and Autumn Period. During that time, the Zhou Court lost control to the feudal states and foreign invasion was frequent. Lord Huan of Qi first used the slogan to make rulers of other feudal states respect the Zhou court, although in effect Lord Huan of Qi used it to seize hegemony over other feudal rulers, brushing aside the supremacy of the Zhou court.Source(s): wiki