• History


A Short Cultural History
Author: Sir George Bailey Sansom
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804709545
Category: History
Page: 548
View: 7435
Japan: A Short Cultural History was first published in 1931 by the Cresset Press in London and D. Appleton in New York. Writing in the Journal of American Oriental Society in 1959, Edwin O. Reischauer, Harvard professor and leading scholar in Japanese history and culture (and future United States Ambassador to Japan) said this of George Sansom's comprehensive account of Japanese history: "When Sir George Sansom's Japan: A Short Cultural History appeared in 1931, it raised the study of Japanese history in the West to new levels. Its penetrating analysis of institutions, sensitive interpretations of cultural developments, and stylistic charm contrasted with the plodding pedestrian surveys and over-written anecdotal accounts that had hitherto served in the Occident as introductions to Japanese history." The present Stanford edition, the first to appear in paperback in the United States, is a photographic reproduction of the British edition except in two particulars: eight of the original twenty plates have been dropped, and the maps have been redrawn by Margaret Kays. In redrawing the maps it was decided to retain the author's terminology, orthography, and dating even where these have been discarded or suspended by more recent scholarship.

    • History


A Short Cultural History
Author: G.B. Sansom
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462916740
Category: History
Page: 608
View: 9385
Originally published in 1931, this classic work of interpretative Japanese scholarship was revised in 1946 and again in 1952. Although termed "a short history," the book—the only distinguished general survey of Japanese history in English before World War II—covers the economic, social, and religious changes in Japan from the fourth through to the nineteenth century and the breakdown of feudalism. Based on both primary and secondary sources in Japan, Sansom makes plain the way Japanese have come, and shows why they are what they are, enabling the reader to get some grip on the situation in the Far East. Fine plates, line drawings, a map, and an excellent index complement this instructive and fascinating Japanese history book.

    • History

Japan - A Short Cultural History

Author: G. B. Sansom
Publisher: Sigaud Press
ISBN: 9781447423508
Category: History
Page: 572
View: 8656
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

    • Japan


Author: George Bailey Sansom
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9784805308745
Category: Japan
Page: 548
View: 663

    • History

A History of Japan to 1334

Author: Sir George Bailey Sansom
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804705233
Category: History
Page: 500
View: 9143
Explains the structure of the feudal society, describes the rise of economic life and tells of the impact of Commodore Perry's arrival in 1853. Bibliographical notes

    • History

A History of Japan, 1615-1867

Author: Sir George Bailey Sansom
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804705264
Category: History
Page: 258
View: 879
Explains the structure of the feudal society, describes the rise of economic life and tells of the impact of Commodore Perry's arrival in 1853. Bibliographical notes

    • Religion

A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism

Author: William E. Deal,Brian Ruppert
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118608313
Category: Religion
Page: 320
View: 8966
A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism offers a comprehensive, nuanced, and chronological account of the evolution of Buddhist religion in Japan from the sixth century to the present day. Traces each period of Japanese history to reveal the complex and often controversial histories of Japanese Buddhists and their unfolding narratives Examines relevant social, political, and transcultural contexts, and places an emphasis on Japanese Buddhist discourses and material culture Addresses the increasing competition between Buddhist, Shinto, and Neo-Confucian world-views through to the mid-nineteenth century Informed by the most recent research, including the latest Japanese and Western scholarship Illustrates the richness and complexity of Japanese Buddhism as a lived religion, offering readers a glimpse into the development of this complex and often misunderstood tradition

    • History

A History of Popular Culture in Japan

From the Seventeenth Century to the Present
Author: E. Taylor Atkins
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474258557
Category: History
Page: 288
View: 6572
The phenomenon of 'Cool Japan' is one of the distinctive features of global popular culture of the millennial age. A History of Popular Culture in Japan provides the first historical and analytical overview of popular culture in Japan from its origins in the 17th century to the present day, using it to explore broader themes of conflict, power, identity and meaning in Japanese history. E. Taylor Atkins shows how Japan is one of the earliest sites for the development of mass-produced, market-oriented cultural products consumed by urban middle and working classes. The best-known traditional arts and culture of Japan- no theater, monochrome ink painting, court literature, poetry and indigenous music-inhabited a world distinct from that of urban commoners, who fashioned their own expressive forms and laid the groundwork for today's 'gross national cool.' Popular culture was pivotal in the rise of Japanese nationalism, imperialism, militarism, postwar democracy and economic development. Offering historiographical and analytical frameworks for understanding its subject, A History of Popular Culture in Japan synthesizes the latest scholarship from a variety of disciplines. It is a vital resource for students of Japanese cultural history wishing to gain a deeper understanding of Japan's contributions to global cultural heritage.

    • Social Science

The Search for the Beautiful Woman

A Cultural History of Japanese and Chinese Beauty
Author: Cho Kyo
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1442218959
Category: Social Science
Page: 302
View: 7263
For centuries, Japanese culture, including ideals of feminine beauty, was profoundly shaped by China. In this first full comparative history on the subject, Cho Kyo explores changing standards of beauty in China and Japan, ranging from plumpness to bound feet to blackened teeth. Drawing on a rich array of sources gathered over a decade of research, he considers which Chinese representations were rejected or accepted and transformed in Japan. He then traces the introduction of Western aesthetics into Japan starting in the Meiji era, leading to slowly developing but radical changes in the representation of beauty. Through fiction, poetry, art, advertisements, and photographs, the author vividly demonstrates how criteria of beauty differ greatly by era and culture and how aesthetic sense changed in the course of extended transformations that were influenced by both China and the West.

    • Travel

Kansai Cool

A Journey into the Cultural Heartland of Japan
Author: Christal Whelan
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462914128
Category: Travel
Page: 256
View: 4403
In Kansai Cool anthropologist, writer and filmmaker Christal Whelan offers profound insights in the only collection of essays to focus on Kansai, Japan's ancient heartland. Kansai—the region in Western Japan that boasts the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, the bustling commercial city of Osaka and the cosmopolitan port city of Kobe—has a character all its own, right down to its dialect, mannerisms, and cuisine. It is home to some of Japan's oldest history and an area where the country's most time-honored arts and crafts still thrive. Worldly and otherworldly, spirited and spiritual, trendy and traditional, it's a place where past and future live side-by-side, sometimes at odds. Part Japanese travel book, part cultural commentary, these 25 spirited essays and 32 pages of color photos paint a broad yet penetrating portrait of the unique Western Japan region, covering such diverse topics as: The needs of the spirit—shrines, temples and the call to pilgrimage The arts in Kansai—dance, painting, anime, and combat The relationship between hi-tech and old-tech Material culture—bikes, robots, and dolls The culture of fashion in Kansai—from kimonos and obis to modern fashion designers, and the Lolita complex The meaning of landscape— human-made islands and the mystical power of water The hidden meaning of food—an anthropology of coffee and traditional cuisine From the deep-seated ancient beliefs of Kyoto to modern teen otaku culture, costume play and haute couture of Kobe and Osaka—Whelan delves below the surface to let readers eager to travel to Japan experience how art, science, faith and history swirl together in the Kansai region to produce this unique wellspring of Japanese culture.

    • History

Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Christopher Goto-Jones
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191578940
Category: History
Page: 176
View: 6174
Japan is arguably today's most successful industrial economy, combining almost unprecedented affluence with social stability and apparent harmony. Japanese goods and cultural products are consumed all over the world, ranging from animated movies and computer games all the way through to cars, semiconductors, and management techniques. In many ways, Japan is an icon of the modern world, and yet it remains something of an enigma to many, who see it as a confusing montage of the alien and the familiar, the ancient and modern. The aim of this Very Short Introduction is to explode the myths and explore the reality of modern Japan - by taking a concise look at its history, economy, politics, and culture. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

    • History

Ashort History of Japan

From Samurai to Sony
Author: Curtis A. Andressen
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1741150353
Category: History
Page: 252
View: 3711
This comprehensive, readable history of the land of the rising Sun, from its ancient origins to its fascinating past, is an ideal introduction to Japan for travellers, business people and students, and a compelling read for those interested in this rich culture and fascinating history.

    • Travel

Geek in Japan

Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony
Author: Hector Garcia
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 146290629X
Category: Travel
Page: 160
View: 2177
For every fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, smart and concise guide to the land that is their source. Comprehensive and well informed, it covers a wide array of topics in short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of Japan. Designed to appeal to the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, manga and video games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the culture guide for readers in the Internet age. Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Japanese, debunking myths about them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so fond of robots, author Hector Garcia has created the perfect book for the growing ranks of Japanophiles in this inspired, insightful and highly informative guide.

    • History

The Making of Modern Japan

Author: Marius B. Jansen
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674503996
Category: History
Page: 931
View: 6925
Magisterial in vision, sweeping in scope, this monumental work presents a seamless account of Japanese society during the modern era, from 1600 to the present. A distillation of more than fifty years' engagement with Japan and its history, it is the crowning work of our leading interpreter of the modern Japanese experience.

    • History

Cultural Atlas of Japan

Author: Martin Collcutt,Marius B. Jansen,Isao Kumakura
Publisher: Checkmark Books
Category: History
Page: 240
View: 3932
Gathers information about Japanese history, geography, archaeological sites, religion, art, and relations with the West

    • History

A History of Japan, 1334-1615

Author: Sir George Bailey Sansom
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9780804705257
Category: History
Page: 442
View: 1069
Explains the structure of the feudal society, describes the rise of economic life and tells of the impact of Commodore Perry's arrival in 1853. Bibliographical notes

    • Design

Japanese Fashion

A Cultural History
Author: Toby Slade
Publisher: Berg
ISBN: 1847887481
Category: Design
Page: 192
View: 2029
Japanese Fashion examines the entire sweep of Japanese clothing history, from the sophisticated fashion systems of late-Edo period kimonos to the present day, providing possible theories of how Japan made this fashion journey and linking current theories of fashion to the Japanese example. The book is unique in that it provides the first full history of the last 200 years of Japanese clothing. It is also the first book to include Asian fashion as part of global fashion as well as fashion theory. It adds a hitherto absent continuity to the understanding of historical and current fashion in Japan, and is pioneering in offering possible theories to account for that entire history. By providing an analysis of how that entire history changes our understanding of the way fashion works, this book will be an essential text for all students of fashion and design.

    • Europe

The Western World and Japan

Author: Sir George Bailey Sansom
Publisher: N.A
Category: Europe
Page: 543
View: 548