Art and Palace Politics in Early Modern Japan, 1580s-1680s (Japanese Visual Culture)

By Elizabeth Lillehoj

Through the first century of Japans early smooth period (1580s to 1680s), paintings and structure created for the imperial court docket served as markers of social status, attesting to the long-lasting centrality of the palace to the cultural lifetime of Kyoto. Emperors Go-Yzei and Go-Mizunoo depended on monetary aid from ruling warlordsToyotomi Hideyoshi and the Tokugawa shogunsjust because the warlords sought imperial sanction granting them legitimacy to rule. profiting from this complicated yet commonly strained synergy, Go-Yzei and Go-Mizunoo (and to an unparalleled exent his empress, Tfukumonin) stronger the heriditary prerogatives of the imperial kin. one of the works defined during this quantity are masterpieces commissioned for the apartments and temples of the imperial relatives, which have been painted through artists of the Kano, Tosa and Sumiyoshi ateliers, let alone Tawaraya Statsu. nameless yet deluxe portray commissions depicting grand imperial processions are tested intimately. The courts fascination with calligraphy and tea, arts that flourished during this age, is usually mentioned during this profusely illustrated quantity.

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Modern Japan: A Social History Since 1868

By J.E. Thomas

J E Thomas examines the old roots of eastern social constructions and preoccupations and he units those in the large chronological framework of Japan's political and army improvement. The booklet can therefore function an creation to trendy Japan in a extra basic experience - yet its concentration all through is at the humans themselves. Professor Thomas supplies due realization to the japanese mainstream; yet he additionally discusses these different sections of the neighborhood that have frequently been underprivileged or marginalised - most glaringly ladies, but in addition minority teams and outcasts - and the japanese perspective to foreigners past her shores.

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Sado: Japan's Island in Exile

By Angus Waycott

Given the alternative, no-one ever went to Sado. For greater than 1000 years, this island within the Sea of Japan used to be a spot of exile for the deposed, disgraced or simply undeniable distrusted — ex-emperors, aristocrats, poets, monks and convicted criminals alike.
This ebook rediscovers the exiles’ island, explores the reality approximately its infamous gold mine, tracks down a vanishing badger cult, and drops in at the domestic of super-drummer band Kodo. alongside the best way, it paints a shiny photo of 1 of Japan’s so much interesting backwaters, now rising from an extended exile of its personal.

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Spring Snow: The Sea of Fertility, 1

By Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow is the 1st novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Here we meet Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic story of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his buddy, Kiyoaki Matsugae.
it's 1912 in Tokyo, and the airtight global of the traditional aristocracy is being breached for the 1st time by way of outsiders — wealthy provincial households unburdened via culture, whose funds and energy cause them to bold contenders for social and political energy. Shigekuni Honda, an aspiring legal professional and his formative years good friend, Kiyoaki Matsugae, are the sons of 2 such households. As they arrive of age amidst the growing to be tensions among outdated and new, Kiyoaki is affected by his simultaneous love for and loathing of the lively younger girl Ayakura Satoko. yet Kiyoaki’s actual emotions basically develop into obvious whilst her surprising engagement to a royal prince indicates him the value of his ardour — and results in a love affair either doomed and inevitable.

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Japan: A Short History (Short Histories)

By Mikiso Hane

What is a shogun? Who have been the samurai and what's the warrior code? What lies in the back of the japanese paintings ethic? From the traditional tea rite to the increase and next downturn of its monetary prosperity, this uniquely concise advent to Japan and its historical past surveys approximately 10,000 years of society, tradition, economics and politics. Balancing fiscal and political info with new insights into the dual spheres of paintings and faith, Mikiso Hane deals authoritative assurance of all points of jap existence. With a selected specialise in the most important occasions of the final 2 hundred years, the writer additionally can pay specific awareness to the altering stipulations of these whose background has been so often missed - the ladies, the peasants, and the bottom order of untouchables. Well-rounded and enlightening, this informative account of Japan and its humans might be significantly favored via historians, scholars and all people with an curiosity during this varied and enigmatic country.

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New Japan: Debunking Seven Cultural Stereotypes

The recent Japan through David Matsumoto units out to explain the anxiousness and unrest that plague present jap society, the rift among the older, extra conventional generations and the more youthful, extra cosmopolitan and Westernized generations. the writer attracts upon a wealth pf jap and Western resources to assemble a thourough exploration of either classis and modern perspectives of eastern culture.Citing educational reviews and surveys, Matsumoto debunks seven universal stereotypes of jap tradition: collectivism, recognition of others, perceptions of self, emotionality, the salaryman, schooling and lifelong employment, and marriage. Matsumoto additionally explores the explanations behimnd tumultous upheavals, the that means of the moving cultural styles within the office, schooling, activities, and daily life.ContentsFigures and TablesAcknowledgmentsForeword1 eastern tradition, earlier and Present2 Seven Stereotypes approximately jap tradition and Their Reality3 Why Did jap tradition Change?4 The that means of fixing eastern tradition in daily Life5 Visions of a brand new Japan within the FutureAppendixReferencesIndex

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Hybrid Culture: Japanese Media Arts in Dialogue with the West (Leonardo Book Series)

By Yvonne Spielmann

This ebook grew out of Yvonne Spielmann's 2005--2006 and 2009 visits to Japan, the place she explored the technological and aesthetic origins of eastern new-media art--which was once identified for pioneering interactive and digital media functions within the Nineties. Spielmann came across an important hybridity in Japan's media tradition: an inner hybridity, a mix of digital-analog connections including a non-Western improvement of modernity break away yet no longer resistant to Western media aesthetics; and exterior hybridity, produced via the foreign, transcultural trip of aesthetic recommendations. Spielmann describes the leading edge know-how context in Japan, within which builders, engineers, and artists collaborate, and lines the japanese fondness for precision and performance to the poetics of unobtrusiveness and aspect. She examines paintings through artists together with Masaki Fujihata, whose paintings is either officially and thematically hybrid; Seiko Mikami and Sota Ichikawa, who construct targeted units for a brand new experience of human-machine interplay; Toshio Iwai, who connects conventional media varieties with computing; and Tatsuo Miyajima, who anchors his LED art in Buddhist philosophy. Spielmann perspectives hybridity as a good aesthetic value--perhaps the defining aesthetic of a world tradition. Hybridity bargains a conceptual strategy for contemplating the ambivalent linkages of contradictory components; its dynamic and fluid features are neither conclusive nor express yet are supposed to stimulate fusions.

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Origami: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Making Animals, Flowers, Planes, Boats, and More

By Yukiko Duke

A basic, based consultant to creating origami.

From playful animals to soft plant life and enjoyable paper airplanes, this origami consultant has tasks that would satisfaction either teenagers and adults. With phrases, illustrations, and greater than 300 pictures, even the main advanced of folds and manipulations are made basic by way of this book’s easy-to-follow directions. grasp Norio Torimoto, with the aid of Yukiko Duke, takes the secret out of the artwork of paper folding through instructing readers the correct frame of mind in the back of the paintings and the elemental formations which are the root for all his projects.

Projects include:

• conventional tulip
• Crane
• Frog
• Lily
• Elephant
• Tyrannosaurus rex
• Envelope with an ornamental heart
• and more!

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A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower

By Kenneth G. Henshall

In a unprecedented blend of accomplished assurance and sustained severe concentration, this ebook examines jap heritage in its entirety to spot the standards underlying the nation's development to superpower. Japan's fulfillment is defined no longer basically in fiscal phrases, yet at a extra basic point, as a manufactured from old styles of reaction to condition. Japan is proven to be a state traditionally impelled by way of a realistic decision to be successful. The e-book additionally highlights unresolved questions and little-known facts.

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