This book traces the history of the Japanese, exploring their traditions, continuity, and cultural heritage. It reflects on Japan as a nation in historical transition, envisioning a postindustrial future filled with friction and promise.
0. Introduction 1. Sansui: The Landscape and Its Settlement 2. The Japanese Tradition 3. Shibui: A Taste of Japanese Culture 4. Kindaika (Modernization) 5. Postwar Politics 6. The Postwar Economy 7. The Postindustrial Society 8. Kokuminsei: Who are We Japanese? 9. Kokusaika: The Internationalization of Japan