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Devouring Japan

Author : Nancy K. Stalker
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In recent years Japan's cuisine, or washoku, has been eclipsing that of France as the world's most desirable food. UNESCO recognized washoku as an intangible cultural treasure in 2013 and Tokyo boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than Paris and New York combined. International enthusiasm for Japanese food is not limited to haute cuisine; it also encompasses comfort foods like ramen, which has reached cult status in the U.S. and many world capitals. Together with anime, pop music, fashion, and cute goods, cuisine is part of the "Cool Japan" brand that promotes the country as a new kind of cultural superpower. This collection of essays offers original insights into many different aspects of Japanese culinary history and practice, from the evolution and characteristics of particular foodstuffs to their representation in literature and film, to the role of foods in individual, regional, and national identity. It features contributions by both noted Japan specialists and experts in food history. The authors collectively pose the question "what is washoku?" What culinary values are imposed or implied by this term? Which elements of Japanese cuisine are most visible in the global gourmet landscape and why? Essays from a variety of disciplinary perspectives interrogate how foodways have come to represent aspects of a "unique" Japanese identity and are infused with official and unofficial ideologies. They reveal how Japanese culinary values and choices, past and present, reflect beliefs about gender, class, and race; how they are represented in mass media; and how they are interpreted by state and non-state actors, at home and abroad. They examine the thoughts, actions, and motives of those who produce, consume, promote, and represent Japanese foods.

Maiko Masquerade

Author : Jan Bardsley
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Maiko Masquerade explores Japanese representations of the maiko, or apprentice geisha, in films, manga, and other popular media as an icon of exemplary girlhood. Jan Bardsley traces how the maiko, long stigmatized as a victim of sexual exploitation, emerges in the 2000s as the chaste keeper of Kyoto's classical artistic traditions. Insider accounts by maiko and geisha, their leaders and fans, show pride in the training, challenges, and rewards maiko face. No longer viewed as a toy for men's amusement, she serves as catalyst for women's consumer fun. This change inspires stories of ordinary girls--and even one boy--striving to embody the maiko ideal, engaging in masquerades that highlight questions of personal choice, gender performance, and national identity.


Author : Nancy K. Stalker
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Japan: History and Culture from Classical to Cool provides a historical account of Japan’s elite and popular cultures from premodern to modern periods. Drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship across numerous disciplines, Nancy K. Stalker presents the key historical themes, cultural trends, and religious developments throughout Japanese history. Focusing on everyday life and ordinary consumption, this is the first textbook of its kind to explore both imperial and colonial culture and offer expanded content on issues pertaining to gender and sexuality. Organized into fourteen chronological and thematic chapters, this text explores some of the most notable and engaging aspects of Japanese life and is well suited for undergraduate classroom use.

Japan s Cuisines

Author : Eric C. Rath
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Cuisines in Japan have an ideological dimension that cannot be ignored. In 2013, ‘traditional Japanese dietary cultures’ (washoku) was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Washoku’s predecessor was “national people’s cuisine,” an attempt during World War II to create a uniform diet for all citizens. Japan’s Cuisines reveals the great diversity of Japanese cuisine and explains how Japan’s modern food culture arose through the direction of private and public institutions. Readers discover how tea came to be portrayed as the origin of Japanese cuisine, how lunch became a gourmet meal, and how regions on Japan’s periphery are reasserting their distinct food cultures. From wartime foodstuffs to modern diets, this fascinating book shows how the cuisine from the land of the rising sun shapes national, local, and personal identity.

The Japan Daily Mail

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The Rambles of a Globe Trotter in Australasia Japan China Java India and Cashmere

Author : Egerton K. Laird
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The Origins of the Korean Community in Japan 1910 1923

Author : Michael Weiner
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Death is Lighter Than a Feather

Author : David Westheimer
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On May 25, 1945, while American and Japanese forces on Okinawa were locked in bitter struggle, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff sent out plans for an amphibious invasion which would subjugate Japan. “Operation Olympic” was to seize Kyushu, while “Operation Coronet” was to strike directly against the Tokyo area. Westheimer’s meticulously researched novel about this plan startled readers in the 1970s.

Around the World Tour of Christian Missions

Author : William Folwell Bainbridge
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The Origin of Ethnography in Japan

Author : Minoru Kawada
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"The many changes that have taken place in Japan as a result of the period of rapid economic growth - including the imbalance in development of primary and secondary industry; the tremendous expansion of heavy industry accompanied by the gradual decay of agriculture; the failure to establish a healthy productivity cycle; the destruction of the natural environment and traditional patterns of life and especially the emergence and rapid growth of social apathy due to the lack of a firmly-established base on which to build the burgeoning supra-modern 'popular society' - have renewed interest in the work of Yanagita Kunio (1872-1962), generally known as the founder of ethnography in Japan." "Yanagita consistently expressed his concern about the effects of Japan's hasty modernization on the lives and values of its ordinary citizens. Critical of the Meiji establishment's policies for their short-term perspective on Japan's economic success in the international arena, Yanagita maintained an independent position and, through his work, attempted to overcome the problems caused by the direct importation of European ideas into Japan by isolating, recording and analysing the unique features of Japanese life, using them to present an alternative modernization theory which incorporated a fundamental restructuring of Japan's domestic economy and its social system. To Yanagita, the significance of ethnography lay in the way it could reconstruct the indigenous values of the past. His contention was that an understanding of indigenous cultural values and a revitalization of the traditional communal spirit were essential to the establishment of a moral foundation for Japanese society in the years of great change between the Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras and, by extension, to Japan today." "The Origin of Ethnography in Japan presents a timely re-evaluation of the writings of Yanagita Kunio. Chapter One examines his early writings on agro-politics, Chapter Two discusses the background to Yanagita's interest in ethnographic studies with reference to his work on Japan's folk religion and Chapter Three demonstrates how Yanagita's theory of agro-politics was combined with his interest in cultural studies, leading him to explore a broader theory of social development. Chapter Four summarizes Yanagita's views on some of the major political issues of his time, while Chapter Five concentrates on the methodology known as 'Yanagita Ethnography' and compares Yanagita's method and research aims with those of the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. Lastly, Chapter Six deals with Yanagita's idea of communality, which he believed to be central to the understanding of human relationships and social structure in traditional Japan, and his view that communality could be utilized to bring people together at the family, village and national levels in contemporary Japan."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Bulletin of the Imperial Central Agriculture Experiment Station Japan

Author : Japan. Imperial Central Agricultural Experiment Station, Tokyo
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The Bulletin of the Imperial Central Agricultural Experimental Station Japan

Author : Tokyo. Agricultural Experiment Station
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American Shogun

Author : Robert Harvey
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Traces the post-World War II partnership of Douglas MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito, profiling the statuses of Japan and the United States before and after the war and offering insight into modern American-Japanese relations.

The Devouring God

Author : James Kendley
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From the author of THE DROWNING GOD, James Kendley, comes another chilling tale of horror set in Southern Japan. It’s been three years since security guard Tohru Takuda and his reluctant band of monster hunters defeated the Kappa of the Naga River. Now, a mysterious artifact is driving innocents in Southern Japan to flay their friends alive, and the grisly murders turn Takuda’s world upside down. Disheartened and impoverished, he struggles to lead his rag-tag team to find the artifact before it poisons the entire nation. Takuda is caught between the police, the bloodthirsty murderers, and forces conspiring to harness the artifact’s horrible powers. And all the while, he must watch his back, because the most dangerous killer may be lurking among his own men…

The New Chivalry in Japan

Author : John W. Saunby
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Eighteenth Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics

Author : Office of Naval Research
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This volume contains technical papers and discussions covering ship motions, ship hydrodynamics, experimental techniques, free-surface aspects, wave/wake dynamics, propeller/hull/appendage interactions, and viscous effects.

Commercial Reports by Her Majesty s Consuls in Japan

Author : Great Britain. Foreign Office
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Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of a Collection of Japanese and Chinese Paintings in the British Museum

Author : British Museum. Department of Prints and Drawings
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U S Japan Women s Journal

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Modern Japanese Theatre and Performance

Author : David Jortner
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At the heart of the development of modern Japanese culture, the theatre mirrors the issues and concerns of a society transitioning from the Tokugawa era to the modern period. Modern Japanese Theatre and Performance fills a gap in current Japanese theatre scholarship; the book discusses the role of women in modern theatre, buto dance, experimental theatres that combine traditional theatre with modern forms, and plays by Abe Kobo, Mishima Yukio, and Senda Koreya. With important contributions from both established and emerging scholars, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in theatre, modern performance, or Japanese studies.