By C. Andrew Gerstle
The interval of jap historical past ahead of the arrival of industrialisation and modernism is of great curiosity. The essays during this assortment express a fascination with the social context at the back of the improvement of aesthetics, drama, language, paintings and philosophy, no matter if or not it's the area of the excitement quarters or the Shogun's court docket.
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In this chapter we explore this new approach to understanding Japan, appreciating the fact that the isomorphism of land = people = culture = society = polity is no longer tenable in Japan, if it ever was. 22 Harumi Befu ‘Japan’ ‘Japan’ cannot be dissociated from Japanese culture, since Japan is not just a physical entity. Japan as a chain of islands is meaningful only when culturally interpreted. Current conventional thinking is that Japan consists of the ¯ Kyush ¯ u, ¯ Shikoku and Hokkaido, ¯ plus the four major islands of Honshu, ¯ u¯ Islands (Okinawa) and some small islands surrounding the four Ryuky major islands.
Still, they know they are Japanese. In contrast, children who were taken into Chinese families in their infancy are unaware of their Japanese origin, unless their adoptive parents revealed their background. Most of the orphaned children by now are married and have children of their own or even grandchildren, and most of the women are in old age. 37 When these repatriates arrived in Japan, a good 30 or 40 years later, many no longer knew any Japanese and had lost most of their Japanese cultural knowledge.
But in reality kyots ¯ ugo ¯ is a veneer over dialects that are still Concepts of Japan vibrant and are the preferred speech form used to express intimacy and local pride. Thus the essentialised Japan is a standardised Japan with uniform characteristics disallowing internal variation. This Japan is largely the making of the central government since the Meiji period, bent on creating a unified, uniform, and homogeneous nation. 21 De-territorialisation/re-territorialisation Japanese culture has spread to all corners of the world over the years.
18th Century Japan: Culture and Society by C. Andrew Gerstle