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Journal Cover Journal of Japanese Studies
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  Number of Followers: 15  
    
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   ISSN (Print) 0095-6848 - ISSN (Online) 1549-4721
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  • Folk Performance as Transgression: The Great Dengaku of 1096
    • Abstract: Dengaku, a type of musical and dance performance that attained significant popularity and political importance during the medieval period, has been largely overlooked in modern cultural histories of Japan.1 Unlike the nō theater, with its deep archive of plays and treatises and its vibrant contemporary repertoire, dengaku exists as fleeting representations scattered throughout the primary record. Attempting to situate dengaku historically—what did it sound and look like' who performed it' how did it change over time'—opens up more general questions about how to understand and contextualize embodied practices that have either transformed over time or disappeared altogether. Written with Chinese ... Read More
      Keywords: Dengaku; Japan; Landlords; Landlord and tenant; Social status; Elite (Social sciences); Universities and colleges; Mass media; Japanese literature; Kurosawa, Akira,; Street theater; Women and religion; Ji (Sect); Aging; Taoism; Confucianism; Baba, Bu
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Double Movement of the Landlord Class in Prewar Japan
    • Abstract: In one of the foundational works of modern comparative-historical sociology published just over a half-century ago, Barrington Moore Jr. held up Japan as an archetypal case of “authoritarian capitalism.” His image of Japan from the Meiji Restoration to World War II sketched a country succeeding in industrialization only at severe cost to the economic well-being of the rural population. At the center of his argument was the thesis that underneath the agricultural productivity growth that accompanied “the advent of the modern world” in Japan lurked a landlord class whose members “extracted rice from the peasantry through a mixture of capitalist and feudal mechanisms.”1 He echoed a verdict shared, amazingly ... Read More
      Keywords: Dengaku; Japan; Landlords; Landlord and tenant; Social status; Elite (Social sciences); Universities and colleges; Mass media; Japanese literature; Kurosawa, Akira,; Street theater; Women and religion; Ji (Sect); Aging; Taoism; Confucianism; Baba, Bu
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Senses of Modernity in Tayama Katai’s
           “Shōjobyō” (1907)
    • Abstract: “Shōjobyō” is a short story by Tayama Katai (1872–1930), originally published in the magazine Taiyō (The sun) in May 1907.1 Its plot, narrated in the third person, describes a day in the life of 37-year-old Sugita Kojō,2 a writer whose career is fading, as he commutes from his home to his job at a publishing house, where he is employed to carry out chores such as proof-reading magazines. Sugita’s personality is defined by the condition shōjobyō that gives the story its title: a strong attraction to young women (shōjo, musume), which the narrator and other characters in the story describe with terms such as “bad habit” (warui kuse), “bizarre” (fushigi da), and “to the point of being an illness” (yamai de aru ... Read More
      Keywords: Dengaku; Japan; Landlords; Landlord and tenant; Social status; Elite (Social sciences); Universities and colleges; Mass media; Japanese literature; Kurosawa, Akira,; Street theater; Women and religion; Ji (Sect); Aging; Taoism; Confucianism; Baba, Bu
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Hegemony of Tokyo Imperial University and the Paradox of Meritocracy
           in Modern Japan
    • Abstract: In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, leaders of young states wanted to train bureaucrats and professionals, as well as legitimize their modern regimes by embracing people’s aspiration for social mobility. An egalitarian vision of the social ascent of hardworking aspirants was foundational to political and scholarly support for the celebrated expansion of university education around the world.1 In contrast, the birth of hierarchy among universities, which was the dark twin of educational expansion, has yet to receive thorough scholarly attention. The Japanese experience offers an ideal vantage point to consider how the expansion of higher education created institutional hierarchy. The ... Read More
      Keywords: Dengaku; Japan; Landlords; Landlord and tenant; Social status; Elite (Social sciences); Universities and colleges; Mass media; Japanese literature; Kurosawa, Akira,; Street theater; Women and religion; Ji (Sect); Aging; Taoism; Confucianism; Baba, Bu
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts: From Kishida Ryūsei to
           Miyazaki Hayao by Michael Lucken (review)
    • Abstract: The subject of imitation in Japanese arts is well-trodden scholarly ground. Various significant publications in recent years have explored the premodern histories of copying (utsushi), physical reproductions (mosha), and imitation (mohō) within Japanese culture more generally.1 Not confined to issues of pedagogy or artistic transfer, Michael Lucken’s Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts: From Kishida Ryūsei to Miyazaki Hayao challenges fundamental assumptions, over time, about the nature of Japanese imitation and creativity in order to define key characteristics of modern Japanese art and visual culture. In confronting head-on the notion of the Japanese as imitative, Lucken unravels the complex ... Read More
      Keywords: Dengaku; Japan; Landlords; Landlord and tenant; Social status; Elite (Social sciences); Universities and colleges; Mass media; Japanese literature; Kurosawa, Akira,; Street theater; Women and religion; Ji (Sect); Aging; Taoism; Confucianism; Baba, Bu
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Ambient Media: Japanese Atmospheres of Self by Paul Roquet (review)
    • Abstract: Writing about a matter such as “ambient media” could be considered a challenge. Not because of the subject per se, but because of the fact that writing about the state of ambience—a very subjective and affective experience of visual and/or auditory media, such as video, music, or literature—necessarily requires us to “squeeze” the spatio-ephemeral and tangible experience of ambience into the two-dimensional and “cold” textual form. Not very surprisingly, while reading Paul Roquet’s book, I was often reminded of a famous quote by Victor Hugo: “music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” This aptly describes not only my own reading experience but also the potential ... Read More
      Keywords: Dengaku; Japan; Landlords; Landlord and tenant; Social status; Elite (Social sciences); Universities and colleges; Mass media; Japanese literature; Kurosawa, Akira,; Street theater; Women and religion; Ji (Sect); Aging; Taoism; Confucianism; Baba, Bu
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Writing Technology in Meiji Japan: A Media History of Modern Japanese
           Literature and Visual Culture by Seth Jacobowitz (review)
    • Abstract: Seth Jacobowitz’s ambitious Writing Technology in Meiji Japan sets out to do nothing less than “provide a unified theoretical and archival framework for understanding the media history of Meiji literature and culture” (p. 12). Central to his study is the notion of utsushi, a term that “contains the multiple meanings to write, copy, trace, inscribe, and project” (p. 3) and which would show up between 1870 and 1900 in the shape of concepts such as shashin (photography), shasei (literary sketching), and shajitsu (realism). Per Jacobowitz, 1870–1900 also saw “an unprecedented shift toward new standardizing measures of time, space, and language, as well as a profusion of new media systems and technologies,” all ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bachelor Japanists: Japanese Aesthetics and Western Masculinities by
           Christopher Reed (review)
    • Abstract: Eight pages into Bachelor Japanists, art historian and English literature scholar Christopher Reed warns us, “It should be clear that this book is not about Japan,” but it is already obvious to his readers that without Japan, it never could have been written. This study of “bachelors”—a wonderful choice of words that avoids the anachronistic “gay” or “queer”—who were charmed with Japanese aesthetics from their perches in “late nineteenth-century Paris, turn-of-the-century Boston, and mid-twentieth-century Seattle” (p. 6) is meant to illuminate how Japan, its arts and its crafts, but above all its “paradoxically exotic and familiar” (p. 17) people, were weaponized to do battle with the toxic masculinist ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan: Historical Perspectives and New
           Horizons ed. by Patrick W. Galbraith, Thiam Huat Kam, Björn-Ole Kamm
           (review)
    • Abstract: Editors Patrick W. Galbraith, Thiam Huat Kam, and Björn-Ole Kamm’s Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan: Historical Perspectives and New Horizons is a welcome and highly useful edited volume that encourages readers to rethink the often taken for granted figure of the “otaku.” It begins with the assumption that while the word “otaku” will likely be familiar to anyone with an interest in contemporary Japanese pop culture, there is little agreement over what the term signifies. To some, otaku are simply fans of Japanese manga (print comics), anime (animation), videogames, and related subcultures, both inside and outside Japan—a rough analogue for Western “nerds” or “geeks.” To others, otaku are extremely ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rashomon Effects: Kurosawa, Rashomon and Their Legacies ed. by Blair
           Davis, Robert Anderson, Jan Walls (review)
    • Abstract: Rashomon Effects: Kurosawa, Rashomon and Their Legacies is an anthology of essays by specialists with diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds, who discuss Kurosawa’s film Rashomon from a variety of critical perspectives. To understand this book, we need to pay attention to the overall conceptualization of and the fundamental rationale behind the anthology as a research project, the individual chapters as integral components of the book, and each chapter as an independent contribution to the scholarship on Kurosawa, the field of Japanese film studies, or other relevant disciplinary practices. Although these three structural layers are closely related, we should not automatically assume that they ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Street Performers and Society in Urban Japan, 1600–1900: The Beggar’s
           Gift by Gerald Groemer (review)
    • Abstract: The urban experience has everywhere always derived a lion’s share of its charm from the spectacle of street artists, be they the jongleurs of old-world markets or the jugglers of metropolitan public squares today. In the shogun’s capital of Edo, the proverbial Chinese lion dancers themselves come to mind, though other exemplars of these lowly, and therefore often little-studied, figures abound: standup comic duos (manzai), sand painters, puppeteers, automata operators, peepshow impresarios, blind minstrels, Zen flutists, Buddhist mendicants reciting benedictions, yin-yang diviners, sacred dancing mimes, vocal impersonators, storytellers, soapbox orators, prestidigitators, conjurers, thimble riggers ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Goze: Women, Musical Performance, and Visual Disability in Traditional
           Japan by Gerald Groemer (review)
    • Abstract: Gerald Groemer’s Goze: Women, Musical Performance, and Visual Disability in Traditional Japan is an exhaustively researched work of historical musicology on the visually disabled women musicians of Japan called goze. In his book, Groemer traces the emergence and coalescence of goze into performing groups in the Edo period, the challenges of their occupational “liberation” in the Meiji period, and the gradual dissolution of goze organizations over the course of the twentieth century. Those scholars familiar with his previous work will not be surprised by this choice of subject. Groemer’s The Spirit of Tsugaru: Blind Musicians, Tsugaru-jamisen, and the Folk Music of Northern Japan (Harmonie Park Press, 1999) ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Akita Ranga School and the Cultural Context in Edo Japan by Imahashi
           Riko (review)
    • Abstract: Imahashi Riko explores paintings by the Akita Ranga school—or more accurately, a single work by Odano Naotake (1749–80)—in her new volume. The painting, entitled Shinobazu Pond (Shinobazu no ike-zu), has exceptional qualities including its large size, fusion of disparate elements, and mesmerizing clarity. In the eighteenth century, the neighborhood of Shinobazu Pond in Ueno flourished as a center of scholarship and was acclaimed for its lotus-filled pond. Strangely, however, Naotake’s pond is lotus-free. Other peculiarities appear in Naotake’s painting, such as an off-balance placement of a pot of peonies in the right foreground and a haunting lucidity in the rendering of the plant’s blossoms. The painting ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval
           Japanese Narratives by Rajyashree Pandey (review)
    • Abstract: This thoughtful, well-written book joins, and in many ways challenges, a growing collection of literature on the body in premodern Japan. Rajyashree Pandey’s primary concern is the role of the female body as an object of amorous desire. Her discussion focuses on courtly literature such as Genji monogatari and popular texts such as setsuwa, demonstrating that despite different approaches, both developed within a Buddhist framework. Pandey’s use of contrasting literary genres to make similar—but not identical—arguments makes these arguments broadly applicable to the Japanese medieval literary world as a whole. Pandey maintains that categories such as gender, sexuality, the body, and desire are ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Women in Japanese Religions by Barbara R. Ambros (review)
    • Abstract: Those of us who teach courses on religion in Japan share a constant frustration: depressingly few of the English-language readings we can assign to undergraduates discuss women. In fact, given the primary sources in translation and accessible secondary scholarship that make up most course syllabi, it is possible for a student to proceed through the entirety of Japan’s religious history and barely notice women at all. A course may mention a few female deities and monarchs recorded in the Nara period (710–94), brush past women courtiers in the Heian era (794–1185), and then miss out on women altogether until it reaches the Meiji era (1868–1912) and beyond. And, until recently, even treatments of modern ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Tracing the Itinerant Path: Jishū Nuns of Medieval Japan by Caitilin
           J. Griffiths (review)
    • Abstract: One of the facts of life is the small size of the research communities in and out of Japan dedicated to the Jishū (時宗, Time Sect) and the concomitant, comparatively small size of the output of research, especially in Western languages. The Jishū had almost been forgotten in scholarship by the 1970s; its first Japanese scholars came from drama (Kanai Kiyomitsu) and the Jōdo sect (Ōhashi Shunnō), and their influence still casts a long shadow. In the West, the work of scholars, apparently all Anglophone, is represented in dissertations available online and in journal articles and book chapters. Their research has included studies of Ippen Chishin (1239–89) and popular religion, the sociohistorical development ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Buddhism and the Transformation of Old Age in Medieval Japan by Edward R.
           Drott (review)
    • Abstract: Edward Drott’s rich study of changing representations of old age in early and medieval Japanese Buddhism is a rare work. There have been various English-language articles on representations of old age in premodern Japan, but Drott’s is the first such monograph study, which is surprising considering burgeoning concerns in recent decades over Japan’s aging population and corresponding increased Japanese-language scholarship. Buddhism and the Transformation of Old Age in Medieval Japan is also a rare monograph applying the “somatic turn” to male bodies in premodern Japan. Although this contribution to “body studies” is not exclusively on the male elderly, the figure of the okina, or mysterious old man, is ... Read More
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  • Gods of Medieval Japan: Vol. 1, The Fluid Pantheon; Vol. 2, Protectors and
           Predators by Bernard Faure (review)
    • Abstract: At the beginning of volume 1 of the Gods of Medieval Japan, an illustration is included of the “esoteric pantheon,” showing a hierarchical arrangement of the gods with the buddhas occupying the upper tier and the kami the lowest stratum. There are also a number of interconnecting lines indicating relations between gods of different strata. These lines are important because what the author certainly does not intend to promote is the idea that the vertical structure represents a static reality. Although it is rather common to imagine the gods as having a fixed hierarchical position and a specific mythological character, in actual practices or belief systems many are often either connected to other gods or ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Daoism in Japan: Chinese Traditions and Their Influence on Japanese
           Religious Culture ed. by Jeffrey L. Richey (review)
    • Abstract: Though there is no dispute that Daoism is present in Japanese culture, the degree and importance of its influence has been the subject of ongoing scholarly debate. One problem has been dislodging its specificity from the broader mass of Chinese culture that has entered Japan over 15 centuries. This very span of time admits a complicating plurality: Daoism in China was multilayered and changed over time, while its products, which first arrived in Japan as part and parcel of the ritsuryō state, went on to appear piecemeal chiefly through textual sources over the centuries. Thus, the first question we have to ask is what among the “amorphous fragments of Daoism” (in the phrase of Herman Ooms in this volume) ... Read More
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  • Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History by Kiri Paramore (review)
    • Abstract: At first glance, Kiri Paramore’s Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History struck me as a throwback, a cross between Arthur Lovejoy’s The Great Chain of Being and John Whitney Hall’s Government and Local Power in Japan. Like Lovejoy’s work, Paramore’s book follows a single topic, Japanese Confucianism, from its origins to the present, tracking its different manifestations over time. This book also is reminiscent of Hall’s Government and Local Power in Japan, which traces a single theme, institutional life in Bizen Province from antiquity to 1700, and relies almost exclusively on Japanese scholarship. Writing at a time when comparative history was becoming fashionable, Hall used Max Weber’s theory of ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Christian Samurai: The Trials of Baba Bunkō by William J. Farge
           (review)
    • Abstract: Christianity is making a comeback in Tokugawa Japan. The accepted view as articulated in 1991 by Jurgis Elisonas was: there were practically no Christians left in Japan by the 1660s. . . . Deprived of priests, cut off from the sources of their faith, their memories of its doctrines fading even as the Tokugawa era progressed, the “crypto-Christians” (kakure Kirishitan) of these isolated groups imperceptibly drifted from Catholicism into a syncretic folk creed tinctured with Buddhism and Shinto, the native Japanese religion. And yet the machinery of surveillance did not rest. . . . a fruitless search for Christians where none was to be found.1 Over the last decade, this common wisdom has ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Government by Mourning: Death and Political Integration in Japan, 1603–
           1912 by Atsuko Hirai (review)
    • Abstract: Government by Mourning is an ambitious book that seeks to bring many different strands of Tokugawa historiography together through a detailed and far-reaching study of Tokugawa mourning edicts. Hirai’s book is primarily about Tokugawa edicts of sound abstention during times of mourning. These prohibitions mandated that the populace refrain from making sounds that accompany a variety of forms of entertainment, including musical instruments, theatrical performances, and dramatic recitations. However, on a deeper level the book seeks to make much more sweeping claims about the Tokugawa polity itself, including the nature of Tokugawa authority throughout premodern Japan as well as the role that both the shogun ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine in the Modern Japanese Empire ed. by
           David G. Wittner, Philip C. Brown (review)
    • Abstract: On March 11, 2011, an extremely powerful earthquake struck northeastern Japan. The tsunami it generated killed and injured over 20,000 people and led to meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai’ichi nuclear power plant, producing one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. The catastrophe is a stark reminder of one of the gravest challenges faced by Japan and indeed all of humanity: how to harness modern science and technology without endangering the fragile environment of which human life is but an integral part. By coincidence, several months later, a major conference on Japanese science, technology, and medicine (STM in the professional lingua) was held at Ohio State University. From the over 40 ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Culture of the Quake: The Great Kanto Earthquake and Taishō Japan
           by Alex Bates (review)
    • Abstract: Alex Bates’s The Culture of the Quake is a significant addition to recent studies of cultural responses to disaster in Japan. Bates focuses on the Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1, 1923, a mega-disaster that struck at the very heart of Japan’s largest city and cultural/political capital. This made the 1923 quake a far more devastating disaster than, for instance, the more powerful 2011 Tohoku quake, at least in the short term (there was, of course, no nuclear fallout), in terms of both human lives lost and traumatic impact on the society and culture. Surprisingly, scholarly attention in English has only recently begun to focus in depth on the vast and diverse array of cultural responses occasioned by ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Bonin Islanders, 1830 to the Present: Narrating Japanese Nationality
           by David Chapman (review)
    • Abstract: In The Bonin Islanders, 1830 to the Present, David Chapman traces the histories and narratives of the diverse group of people who settled the Bonin, or Ogasawara, Islands from the early nineteenth century, as well as those of their descendants who lived through the Meiji government’s incorporation of the islands into the boundaries of the Japanese nation-state, total war conditions, U.S. occupation, and reversion. These stories, he asserts, will contribute to the “social and cultural history of diverse groups that call Japan home” (p. x), indicating his commitment to dispelling the myth of homogeneity that continues to define normative Japanese-ness. Through a careful consideration of personal accounts ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Fascist Effect: Japan and Italy, 1915–1952 by Reto Hofmann
           (review)
    • Abstract: Historians of Japan have often observed that the most sensible point of comparison for Japan in the 1930s was not Nazi Germany but Fascist Italy. Reto Hofmann’s slender new volume uses government and news media documents from Italy and Japan to show that “interwar Japanese culture and politics was steeped in fascism” (p. 7), without getting bogged down in the quagmire of arguments concerning whether Japan was fascist. The Fascist Effect critically analyzes the effort to define and execute a “revolution-restoration” from “the right” as a process that was stridently local (or “national”) while being necessarily global in its main references (pp. 136–37). Hofmann has produced a readable and exceptionally ... Read More
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  • Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War by Gi-Wook
           Shin, Daniel Sneider (review)
    • Abstract: Particularly since the mid-1990s, there has been rapid growth in the English-language literature on memories of the Asia-Pacific War. Divergent Memories is an ambitious volume that compares memories across four countries—the United States, Japan, South Korea, and China—through a study of “opinion leaders.” It is part of a large project called Divided Memories and Reconciliation, based at Stanford University. The project produced three books (on textbooks, screen memories, and a comparison of memories in Western Europe and East Asia) prior to the present volume (p. 7).1 These three edited volumes taking a transnational approach have close counterparts in books such as Laura Hein and Mark Selden’s Censoring ... Read More
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  • The Affect of Difference: Representations of Race in East Asian Empire ed.
           by Christopher P. Hanscom, Dennis Washburn (review)
    • Abstract: The Affect of Difference: Representations of Race in East Asian Empire is a welcome contribution to a body of scholarship illuminating the varied mechanisms and tropes that create, shape, amplify, and modify racial other ness, identities, and experiences in imperial contexts across East Asia. The editors lay out three crucial interventions to which the volume is committed. First, they move beyond conventional temporal periodization to emphasize the persisting, overlapping, and adaptable nature of numerous imperial entities and ideologies. Second, they shift from the typical focus on Japan’s empire to empire writ large in East Asia. To that end, the authors engage in transnational, diasporic, and comparative ... Read More
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  • Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War
           Crimes by Lisa Yoneyama (review)
    • Abstract: When Japan surrendered in 1945, the victorious Allies believed there was strong evidence that Japanese forces, during their invasion and occupation of territories in Asia and the Pacific, had committed serious war crimes. Led by the United States, the Allies began an ambitious program to bring to justice senior Japanese leaders who had been key in taking Japan to war and other perpetrators of war crimes. Eventually, 28 military and political figures were indicted at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo (1946–48), otherwise known as the Tokyo trial, and many thousands of Japanese soldiers, sailors, and civilians were prosecuted in military tribunals around Asia and the Pacific ... Read More
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  • Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan by Jan Bardsley (review)
    • Abstract: In this insightful book, Jan Bardsley illuminates how gender roles and postwar democracy were constructed and debated in Japanese popular discourse. Rather than giving an overview, she highlights carefully selected impressionistic examples which show the high diversity of key areas. While the book is entitled Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan, the author’s main focus is on housewives in the 1950s. This particular decade marks the outset of postwar Japan—“a new era in Japanese history” (p. 5), even a Japan that is “radically reborn” (p. 4). It was a crucial time in Japan, with a modern social life developing against the backdrop of recovery after the World War II defeat and the implementation of the new ... Read More
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  • The Life We Longed For: Danchi Housing and the Middle Class Dream in
           Postwar Japan by Laura Neitzel (review)
    • Abstract: Laura Neitzel’s The Life We Longed For: Danchi Housing and the Middle Class Dream in Postwar Japan is, as its title makes clear, a study of how the large, government-sponsored multifamily housing projects known in contemporary Japan as danchi were connected with images of what it meant to aspire to the middle class in Japan in the 1950s and 1960s. Because of its careful survey of sources ranging from government white papers to women’s magazines and novels written about “danchi life,” The Life We Longed For is more than simply a study of danchi projects and their social meaning. The book is also a through-going examination of diverse aspects of what “ middle class” meant in the high-growth decades in postwar ... Read More
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  • Too Few Women at the Top: The Persistence of Inequality in Japan by Kumiko
           Nemoto (review)
    • Abstract: In a glowing article on the independence and forthrightness of Japan’s first lady, Abe Akie, the Japan Times quoted her as saying in 2015 that “Japanese women are held back by pressure from men to be ‘cute’ rather than ‘capable and hardworking.’”1 This theme is covered in a substantial portion of Kumiko Nemoto’s book, Too Few Women at the Top: The Persistence of Inequality in Japan. Nemoto investigates why there are so few women managers (only 10 per cent of Japan’s managers are women [p. 3]) in five of Japan’s large corporations. Japan is a significant economy in the world market, but according to international reports on the global gender gap it ranks 105th of 136 countries (p. 3). Japanese ... Read More
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  • Second-Best Justice: The Virtues of Japanese Private Law by J. Mark
           Ramseyer (review)
    • Abstract: The conundrum of low litigation rates in Japanese civil law cases has fascinated scholars of Japanese and comparative law for a number of decades. In turn, this has generated considerable discussion and created an extensive body of literature. The debate extends beyond straightforward statistical analysis to encompass a sociocultural analysis of the Japanese legal system and the interaction of Japanese citizens with the law and legal processes. The tensions between Japanese scholarship and the analysis of scholars outside Japan gathered pace in the 1970s. The Nihonjinron literature of the 1960s and 1970s had served both to reinforce national identity and to claim Japanese cultural “uniqueness.” Its ... Read More
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  • Schooling Selves: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Reform in Japanese Junior
           High Education by Peter Cave (review)
    • Abstract: Schooling Selves by Peter Cave examines the implementation of curricular reforms in junior high schools in Japan. It is the first and only in-depth anthropological work that studies junior high schools in Japan over a critical period of a dozen years and leaves us much to ponder on the complex notions of autonomy and individualization from a comparative educational and philosophical perspective. It demonstrates how school education is deeply related to ideas of selfhood as well as to issues of equity, democracy, and social change. The junior high curriculum reform in question was published in 1998 and implemented in 2002. The revisions were a culmination of debates continuing from the 1980s and ... Read More
      Keywords: Dengaku; Japan; Landlords; Landlord and tenant; Social status; Elite (Social sciences); Universities and colleges; Mass media; Japanese literature; Kurosawa, Akira,; Street theater; Women and religion; Ji (Sect); Aging; Taoism; Confucianism; Baba, Bu
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
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    • Abstract: Poèmes de l’ermitage: Sōdō shishū. By Ryōkan; translated and annotated by Alain-Louis Colas. Le Bruit du temps, Paris, 2017. 336 pages. €26.00, paper. The 181 poems translated here (from Chinese to French) are selected from a larger work (Sōdō shishū) by the Zen monk and hermit-poet Ryōkan (1758–1831). Taken together, the verses in this collection, known for their naturalness and sincerity, comprise the essential features of a treatise on Buddhism, which Ryōkan never wrote. Avertissements, suivi de Kera Yoshishige, Histoires curieuses touchant le maître de zen Ryōkan. By Ryōkan; translated and annotated by Alain-Louis Colas. Le Bruit du temps, Paris, 2017. 192 pages. €16.00, paper. This companion volume ... Read More
      Keywords: Dengaku; Japan; Landlords; Landlord and tenant; Social status; Elite (Social sciences); Universities and colleges; Mass media; Japanese literature; Kurosawa, Akira,; Street theater; Women and religion; Ji (Sect); Aging; Taoism; Confucianism; Baba, Bu
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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