The Cambridge companion to modern Japanese culture by Yoshio Sugimoto

By Yoshio Sugimoto

This better half presents a complete assessment 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 issues akin to expertise, foodstuff, nationalism and upward push of anime and manga within the visible arts. The Cambridge spouse to trendy jap tradition lines the cultural transformation that came about over the process the 20 th century, and paints an image of a kingdom wealthy in cultural range. With contributions from essentially the most in demand students within the box, The Cambridge better half to fashionable eastern tradition is an authoritative creation to this topic.

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An increasing number of politicians, high-ranking bureaucrats and business leaders either enthusiastically or reluctantly accept the possibility that it would be more cost-effective and less conflicting to manage the nation on the assumption that it is fraught with internal variation and class competition. The growth of this group in Japan’s political establishment indicates that the Japanese nation state is now in the process of cultural adaptation in the face of globalisation and other shifting circumstances, a form of defence rather than collapse.

The state also has a major stake in the way Japanese culture is presented abroad, because Japan’s cultural export products – from manga to animation, from sushi to Sudoku – form a major economic and political tool for ‘soft domination’ in worldwide competition. As these cultural goods entertain and excite, they elevate the image of Japan, making it possible not only for Japan’s cultural industry to achieve material gains but for Japanese interests abroad to be seen in a favourable light. With the enactment of the Basic Law of Intellectual Properties in 2002, the government regards the foundation of a nation based on highly marketable cultural commodities as its strategy to enhance the nation’s position in the international hierarchy.

3 This conspicuous absence of Hokkaido¯ in the cultural imagination of Japan emphasises its peripheral status. ¯ absence from the mainstream cultural imagination of Japan Hokkaido’s is not surprising, since it was officially added to Japan only in modern times. Except for its southern tip, which had been controlled by the Matsumae clan since the Tokugawa period, the island was not colonised by Japan until the Meiji era. During its most expansive time, lasting from 1895 until 1945, ‘Japan’ included Taiwan, the southern half of Sakhalin, the Kuriles, the Korean 23 24 Harumi Befu Peninsula, and Micronesia.

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