By Yoshio Sugimoto

This spouse offers a entire review of the impacts that experience formed modern day Japan. Spanning one and a part centuries from the Meiji recovery in 1868 to the start of the twenty-first century, this quantity covers themes reminiscent of know-how, meals, nationalism and upward thrust of anime and manga within the visible arts. The Cambridge spouse to fashionable eastern tradition lines the cultural transformation that happened over the process the 20 th century, and paints an image of a state wealthy in cultural variety. With contributions from essentially the most well-known students within the box, The Cambridge spouse to trendy jap tradition is an authoritative creation to this topic.

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Colonials were ‘Japanese’, but they were inferior Japanese in the eyes of the ‘pure’ Japanese. This class system in the meaning of ‘Japan’ persisted throughout the pre-1945 imperial period. Othernesses of Japan We have seen that ‘what Japan is’ is not necessarily what Japan is in an absolute, objective and metaphysical sense. Images of what Japan is are rendered not only by the Japanese, but also by foreigners in comparison with their own countries. As I have elaborated in Othernesses of Japan,5 outsiders’ images of Japan are very much coloured by the historical relationship their countries have had with Japan.

2 See, for example, Toshiaki Sato¯ (2000); Kenji Hashimoto (2003); Tachibanaki (1998, 2005 and 2006); Miura (2007); Iwata and Nishizawa (2008). 3 See Kosugi (2007); Mouer and Kawanishi (2005). 4 Hara and Seiyama (2006) and Chiavacci (2008) tend to be cautious as to the degree to which the transformation in question is abrupt. 19 20 Yoshio Sugimoto 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Benedict (1946). Reischauer (1978). Nakane (1967b; 1970). Takeo Doi (1973). Hamaguchi (1985).

Hamaguchi (1985). Nakane (1970). Watsuji (1935). Takeo Doi (1973). Watsuji (1935). See, for example, Dale (1981); Miller (1982); Mouer and Sugimoto (1986); Oguma (2002) and Weiner (1997). Benedict Anderson (1983); Sugimoto (1996). Befu (2000). Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007: 9). Sakai (2003). Paul White (2003). Machimura (2003). Yatabe (2001). Ben-Ari (2003). Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007: 16). Schodt (1996). Shirahata (1996). Cwiertka (2005). Clarke (2000). A word needs to be said on the terminology of the legal status of the Japanese and nonJapanese.

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