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In a history filled with examples and anecdotes, Mr. Littlewood shows how closely our current images of the Japanese are tied to the cliches of the past. A sharp and amusing guide to cultural myths and misunderstandings. --Ian Buruma

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Drawing from a wide range of sources, from the accounts of Jesuit missionaries to images of contemporary Hollywood, Littlewood (English, Sussex U., England) provides a fascinating exploration of Japanese life and shows why we have too long seen Japan only as a projection of our own fears, dreams, and desires.
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A hundred and fifty years ago Japan was a country so remote from the West that it might have existed on another planet. Today its influence touches all of us, yet in the West we know almost as little about it as we did in the days when Henry Adams, visiting Japan, called it a toy-world. Ian Littlewood s Idea of Japan offers a framework for making sense of a culture that puzzles us. His book is about the Japan we encounter when we turn on the television, open a newspaper, or flip through a magazine the Japan that has been created by the West. What emerges as we move through a mythical world of subhumans and superhumans, of temples and cherry blossoms, of exotic women and strange fanatical men, Mr. Littlewood writes, is a striking picture of how closely our current images of the Japanese are tied to the cliches of the past. Drawing from a wide range of sources from the accounts of Jesuit missionaries to the japonisme of the nineteenth century and the images of contemporary Hollywood he shows why we have too long seen Japan only as a projection of our own fears, dreams, and desires. The Idea of Japan is also a provocative insight into the processes by which we understand, or fail to understand, another culture.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-[231]) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566631174
Author:
Littlewood, Ian
Publisher:
Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Location:
Chicago, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Japan Civilization.
Series Volume:
92-24
Publication Date:
19960731
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
255
Dimensions:
8.77x5.76x1.00 in. 1.03 lbs.

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Product details 255 pages Ivan R. Dee Publisher - English 9781566631174 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A hundred and fifty years ago Japan was a country so remote from the West that it might have existed on another planet. Today its influence touches all of us, yet in the West we know almost as little about it as we did in the days when Henry Adams, visiting Japan, called it a toy-world. Ian Littlewood s Idea of Japan offers a framework for making sense of a culture that puzzles us. His book is about the Japan we encounter when we turn on the television, open a newspaper, or flip through a magazine the Japan that has been created by the West. What emerges as we move through a mythical world of subhumans and superhumans, of temples and cherry blossoms, of exotic women and strange fanatical men, Mr. Littlewood writes, is a striking picture of how closely our current images of the Japanese are tied to the cliches of the past. Drawing from a wide range of sources from the accounts of Jesuit missionaries to the japonisme of the nineteenth century and the images of contemporary Hollywood he shows why we have too long seen Japan only as a projection of our own fears, dreams, and desires. The Idea of Japan is also a provocative insight into the processes by which we understand, or fail to understand, another culture.
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