Vanishing Japan

Author: Elizabeth Kiritani
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462904270
Format: PDF
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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.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Japan

Author: John Benson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0756683335
Format: PDF
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The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to Japan will lead you straight to the best attractions Japan has to offer, with over 1000 detailed maps of Japan, stunning colour photographs and illustrations. You’ll find detailed background information on the best things to do in Japan region by region; from exploring the bustling streets of Tokyo to climbing Mount Fuji. Packed with cutaways and floor plans of all Japan’s major sights, as well as 3D aerial views of stunning shrines and street-by-street maps of Japan’s most exciting neighbourhoods. Fully updated and expanded, features include everything from a visual guide to Japan’s traditional arts and crafts, to Japan’s amazing history and cuisine. The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Japan includes a comprehensive list of hotel reviews, recommended restaurants and first-class tips for shopping and entertainment, whatever your budget. Don't miss a thing with the DK Eyewitness Guide to Japan.

Historical Dictionary of Tokyo

Author: Roman Cybriwsky
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 081087489X
Format: PDF, Docs
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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.

Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons

Author: Haruo Shirane
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231152817
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"Elegant representations of nature and the four seasons populate a wide range of Japanese genres and media. In Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons, Haruo Shirane shows how, when, and why this practice developed and explicates the richly encoded social, religious, and political meanings of this imagery. Shirane discusses textual, cultivated, material, performative, and gastronomic representations of nature. He reveals how this kind of 'secondary nature,' which flourished in Japan's urban environment, fostered and idealized a sense of harmony with the natural world just at the moment when it began to recede from view. Illuminating the deeper meaning behind Japanese aesthetics and artifacts, Shirane also clarifies the use of natural and seasonal topics as well as the changes in their cultural associations and functions across history, genre, and community over more than a millennium. In this book, the four seasons are revealed to be as much a cultural construction as a reflection of the physical world."--Back cover.

Discourses of the Vanishing

Author: Marilyn Ivy
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226388344
Format: PDF, Docs
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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.

Ainu Folklore

Author: Carl Etter
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781494060633
Format: PDF
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This is a new release of the original 1949 edition.

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.’

Japanese Design

Author: Sarah Lonsdale
Publisher: Carlton Publishing Group
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

The Vanished

Author: Léna Mauger
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510708286
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Every year, nearly one hundred thousand Japanese vanish without a trace. Known as the johatsu, or the “evaporated,” they are often driven by shame and hopelessness, leaving behind lost jobs, disappointed families, and mounting debts. In The Vanished, journalist Léna Mauger and photographer Stéphane Remael uncover the human faces behind the phenomenon through reportage, photographs, and interviews with those who left, those who stayed behind, and those who help orchestrate the disappearances. Their quest to learn the stories of the johatsu weaves its way through: A Tokyo neighborhood so notorious for its petty criminal activities that it was literally erased from the maps Reprogramming camps for subpar bureaucrats and businessmen to become “better” employees The charmless citadel of Toyota City, with its iron grip on its employees The “suicide” cliffs of Tojinbo, patrolled by a man fighting to save the desperate The desolation of Fukushima in the aftermath of the tsunami And yet, as exotic and foreign as their stories might appear to an outsider’s eyes, the human experience shared by the interviewees remains powerfully universal.