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Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture

1st Edition

Edited by Sandra Buckley


672 pages

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Offering extensive coverage, this Encyclopedia is a new reference that reflects the vibrant, diverse and evolving culture of modern Japan, spanning from the end of the Japanese Imperialist period in 1945 to the present day. Entries cover areas such as literature, film, architecture, food, health, political economy, religion and technology and they range from shorter definitions, histories or biographies to longer overview essays giving an in-depth treatment of major issues.

With over 700 alphabetically arranged entries, this Encyclopedia will be an invaluable reference tool for students of Japanese and Asian Studies, as well as providing a fascinating insight into Japanese culture for the general reader. Suggestions for further reading, a comprehensive system of cross-referencing, a thematic contents list and an extensive index all help navigate the reader around the Encyclopedia and on to further study.


"A most welcome contribution… [It] is eminently readable for undergraduate and public library readers, and is an ideal reference tool… One of the year's best reference works and should be widely purchased and enjoyed." - American Reference Books Annual

"A delight to browse…A solid choice for academic libraries supporting Asian studies…" - Library Journal

Table of Contents

Entries include:

acupuncture; aerospace industry; cherry blossoms; commuting; department stores; economic recovery; employment; environment and anti-pollution; exporting Japanese culture; feminism; information society; Japanese management systems; karaoke; literacy; new religions; noodles; poetry; silk; Tokyo Olympics; yen.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies