Vanishing Japan

Author: Elizabeth Kiritani
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462904270
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This classic text of Japanese culture contains a wealth of information about traditional Japan and Japanese customs. Pawnshops and handmade paper, shoe shiners and Shinto jugglers, money rakes and mosquito netting—all these were once a familiar part of daily life in Japan. Many elements of that daily life, like the Obon dances and oreiboko apprenticeships, have no counterpart in any other culture: they are purely unique to Japan. But with the tremendous changes of the modern age, most traces of traditional life in Japan are fast disappearing, soon to be gone forever. Still, there are a few holdouts, especially in Japan's shitamachi, or working-class neighborhoods, where many of the survivors of Japanese crafts, art forms, and festivals are making their last stand. Vanishing Japan is a must-read for tourists, historians, architects, or artists who are interested in Japanese culture.

Historical Dictionary of Tokyo

Author: Roman Cybriwsky
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 081087489X
Format: PDF
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The Historical Dictionary of Tokyo, Second Edition covers Tokyo—one of the world's largest, most important, and most complex cities—from the earliest times to the present. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on people, places, events, and other terminology about the city of Tokyo. This book is a must for anyone interested in Japan and Tokyo.

Asian Futures Asian Traditions

Author: Edwina Palmer
Publisher:
ISBN:
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To what extent are our futures likely to be determined by our traditions from the past? Asian Futures, Asian Traditions is a collection of conference papers by scholars of Asian Studies, who explore the topics of continuity and change in Asian societies through essays in history, politics, gender studies, language, literature, film, performance and music. Recurring among the themes of the book are the invention and reinvention of tradition, nostalgia, issues of national and ethnic identity, colonial heritage, nationalism, ‘reform,’ and the effects of globalizing economies. Both the power and the precariousness of several Asian economies are revealed in studies of the ‘Asian Economic Crisis’ of the late 1990s and the conversion of some communist states to ‘market socialism.’

Discourses of the Vanishing

Author: Marilyn Ivy
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226388344
Format: PDF
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Japan today is haunted by the ghosts its spectacular modernity has generated. Deep anxieties about the potential loss of national identity and continuity disturb many in Japan, despite widespread insistence that it has remained culturally intact. In this provocative conjoining of ethnography, history, and cultural criticism, Marilyn Ivy discloses these anxieties—and the attempts to contain them—as she tracks what she calls the vanishing: marginalized events, sites, and cultural practices suspended at moments of impending disappearance. Ivy shows how a fascination with cultural margins accompanied the emergence of Japan as a modern nation-state. This fascination culminated in the early twentieth-century establishment of Japanese folklore studies and its attempts to record the spectral, sometimes violent, narratives of those margins. She then traces the obsession with the vanishing through a range of contemporary reconfigurations: efforts by remote communities to promote themselves as nostalgic sites of authenticity, storytelling practices as signs of premodern presence, mass travel campaigns, recallings of the dead by blind mediums, and itinerant, kabuki-inspired populist theater.

Japanese Design

Author: Sarah Lonsdale
Publisher: Carlton Publishing Group
ISBN:
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Three hundred full-color and black-and-white photographs document every aspect of Japanese design, capturing the traditions and creative innovations of Japanese clothing and fashion, architecture, interior decorating, food and drink, products, technology, transport, advertising, graphics, and communications.

Tokyo

Author: Roman A. Cybriwsky
Publisher: Academy Press
ISBN:
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Forbidden to outsiders for 250 years, destroyed by earthquake in 1923, carpet bombed in 1945, Tokyo is a city which never looks back and absolutely will not be stopped. Not just the capital of a country but increasingly of the world. The future of cities everywhere is already written, in thousands of neon lights, by a city which defies all attempts at control and planning. Tokyo captures the pounding, chattering rhythms of daily life among the towering high rises and clandestine knots of alleys and squares in the worlds premier urban laboratory. It guides the reader through the maze of neighboring districts revealing an urban reality seldom seen, the underside of Tokyo a place of secluded temples, bathhouses, gardens, and slums. The author explores a myriad of urban fragments, from a giant, naked Marilyn Monroe squared off for combat against a hulking Japanese sumo wrestler to the splendour of the Imperial Palace, to reveal the alien nature of the city which remains a wonder of eastern invention and dynamism. Tokyo is written as the city rebuilds. However, this time it is not catastrophe which is the impetus for construction, it is the desire to keep Tokyo at the cutting edge, the fastest and richest city in the world. World Cities series is edited by R. J. Johnston and P. L. Knox

Japan

Author: John Benson
Publisher: Dk Pub
ISBN: 9780789497192
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Offers a guide to the museums, historic sites, and other attractions in Japan, and includes information on hotels, restaurants, and activities.

Kimono Vanishing Tradition

Author: Cheryl Imperatore
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
ISBN:
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Kimono is a generic term for traditional Japanese clothing; it means thing to wear. This book provides an overview of some traditional garments, introduces types of designs found in twentieth century kimono that are still available, and presents wearable art inspired by kimono from contemporary artists. The text gives price ranges for items that would be reasonable in a store or gallery, and explains what to look for when collecting. As kimono disappear from Japanese wardrobes, they are becoming increasingly collectible. Each of the fourteen chapters opens with the definition of the type of apparel covered therein (including simple, everyday, formal, etc.) as well as their use in Japanese life. The terms are further explained in the Glossary. Over 525 color photographs display brilliant and subtle textile designs and demonstrate beauty in mens, womens, and childrens garments and accessories. Textile and clothing designers will find a wealth of inspiration here. Vintage clothing enthusiasts will be enthralled.

Quiet Elegance

Author: Michael Verne
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN:
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Through pages of beautiful images, authors Michael Verne and Betsy Franco, of the Verne Gallery of Japanese Art in Cleveland, introduce the work of nine American artists who have all honed and tempered their craft in an intense encounter with Eastern culture. In nine individual essays, the authors reveal the experiences that formed these artists - the years of study with Japanese masters, the effect of an ancient culture on their perceptions, and their willingness to break with tradition and try new forms. Daniel Kelly's prints show us a true melding of Japanese object and Western eye. Karyn Young studied Kasuri weaving and kimono stencil dyeing, which are now elements of her colorful kimono prints. Joshua Rome's prints reflect the mountains that surround his rustic mountain home in rural Japan. Margaret Kennard Johnson's very modern intaglio reliefs and paper sculptures are inspired by ancient Japanese food vessels. In Brian Williams's works we see the serene landscapes that inspired the Japanese masters. Sarah Brayer uses traditional papermaking methods to create her colorful, many-layered paperworks. Micah Schwaberow's woodblock prints redefine the technique - he has eliminated the dark lines that normally define the shapes in a traditional print so that his works look more like watercolors. Joel Stewart's watercolors and etchings depict the ageless beauty of a traditional Japan that is slowly disappearing, while one of Carol Jessen's prints depicts a modern scene in the style of a Hiroshige print.