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Escaping Japan: Reflections on Estrangement and Exile in the Twenty-First Century

Escaping Japan: Reflections on Estrangement and Exile in the Twenty-First Century

1st Edition

Blai Guarné, Paul Hansen
October 30, 2017

The idea that Japan is a socially homogenous, uniform society has been increasingly challenged in recent years. This book takes the resulting view further by highlighting how Japan, far from singular or monolithic, is socially and culturally complex. It engages with particular life situations,...

Religion in Japanese Daily Life

Religion in Japanese Daily Life

1st Edition

David C. Lewis
September 20, 2017

Are Japanese people religious – and, if so, in what ways? David Lewis addresses this question from the perspective of ordinary Japanese people in the context of their life cycles, and explores why they engage in religious activities. He not only discusses how Japanese people engage in different...

The Japanese Family: Touch, Intimacy and Feeling

The Japanese Family: Touch, Intimacy and Feeling

1st Edition

Diana Adis Tahhan
May 10, 2017

This book explores how the relationship between child and parent develops in Japan, from the earliest point in a child’s life, through the transition from family to the wider world, first to playschools and then schools. It shows how touch and physical contact are important for engendering intimacy...

Happiness and the Good Life in Japan

Happiness and the Good Life in Japan

1st Edition

Wolfram Manzenreiter, Barbara Holthus
March 06, 2017

Contemporary Japan is in a state of transition, caused by the forces of globalization that are derailing its ailing economy, stalemating the political establishment and generating alternative lifestyles and possibilities of the self. Amongst this nascent change, Japanese society is confronted with...

Japan's Ainu Minority in Tokyo: Diasporic Indigeneity and Urban Politics

Japan's Ainu Minority in Tokyo: Diasporic Indigeneity and Urban Politics

1st Edition

Mark K. Watson
August 26, 2016

This book is about the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, living in and around Tokyo; it is, therefore, about what has been pushed to the margins of history. Customarily, anthropologists and public officials have represented Ainu issues and political affairs as limited to rural pockets of...

Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and the Culture of Death

Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and the Culture of Death

1st Edition

Sébastien Penmellen Boret
July 20, 2016

Tree burial, a new form of disposal for the cremated remains of the dead, was created in 1999 by Chisaka Genpo, the head priest of a Zen Buddhist temple in northern Japan. Instead of a conventional family gravestone, perpetuating the continuity of a household and its identity, tree burial uses vast...

Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion

Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion

1st Edition

Tullio Federico Lobetti
January 21, 2016

Ascetic practices are a common feature of religion in Japan, practiced by different religious traditions. This book looks at these ascetic practices in an inter-sectarian and inter-doctrinal fashion, in order to highlight the underlying themes common to all forms of asceticism. It does so by...

The First European Description of Japan, 1585: A Critical English-Language Edition of Striking Contrasts in the Customs of Europe and Japan by Luis Frois, S.J.

The First European Description of Japan, 1585: A Critical English-Language Edition of Striking Contrasts in the Customs of Europe and Japan by Luis Frois, S.J.

1st Edition

Luis Frois SJ, Daniel T. Reff, Richard Danford
December 09, 2015

In 1585, at the height of Jesuit missionary activity in Japan, which was begun by Francis Xavier in 1549, Luis Frois, a long-time missionary in Japan, drafted the earliest systematic comparison of Western and Japanese cultures. This book constitutes the first critical English-language edition of...

Disability in Japan

Disability in Japan

1st Edition

Carolyn S. Stevens
July 23, 2015

Disability and chronic illness represents a special kind of cultural diversity, the "other" to "normal" able-bodiedness. Most studies of disability consider disability in North American or European contexts; and studies of diversity in Japan consider ethnic and cultural diversity, but not the...

Language, Education and Citizenship in Japan

Language, Education and Citizenship in Japan

1st Edition

Genaro Castro-Vázquez
August 15, 2014

Based on extensive original research, this book explores the early educational experiences of foreign children in Japan. It considers foreign children’s experiences of Japanese schools, examines the special tutoring such children often have to improve their language proficiency, and explores the...

Death and Dying in Contemporary Japan

Death and Dying in Contemporary Japan

1st Edition

Hikaru Suzuki
July 04, 2014

This book, based on extensive original research, explores the various ways in which Japanese people think about death and how they approach the process of dying and death. It shows how new forms of funeral ceremonies have been developed by the funeral industry, how traditional grave burial is being...

Religion and Politics in Contemporary Japan: Soka Gakkai Youth and Komeito

Religion and Politics in Contemporary Japan: Soka Gakkai Youth and Komeito

1st Edition

Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen
November 11, 2013

Presenting a study of politics at grassroots level among young Japanese, this book examines the alliance between the religious movement Soka Gakkai (the ‘Value-creation Society’) and Komeito (the ‘Clean Government Party’), which shared power with the Liberal Democratic Party from 1999 to 2009....

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