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Japanese Tourism and Travel Culture

1st Edition

Edited by Sylvie Guichard-Anguis, Okpyo Moon


240 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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This book examines Japanese tourism and travel, both today and in the past, showing how over hundreds of years a distinct culture of travel developed, and exploring how this has permeated the perceptions and traditions of Japanese society. It considers the diverse dimensions of modern tourism including appropriation and consumption of history, nostalgia, identity, domesticated foreignness, and the search for authenticity and invention of tradition.

Japanese people are one of the most widely travelling peoples in the world both historically and in contemporary times. What may be understood as incipient mass tourism started around the 17th century in various forms (including religious pilgrimages) long before it became a prevalent cultural phenomenon in the West. Within Asia, Japan has long remained the main tourist sending society since the beginning of the 20th century when it started colonising Asian countries. In 2005, some 17.8 million Japanese travelled overseas across Europe, Asia, the South Pacific and America. In recent times, however, tourist demands are fast growing in other Asian countries such as Korea and China. Japan is not only consuming other Asian societies and cultures, it is also being consumed by them in tourist contexts. This book considers the patterns of travelling of the Japanese, examining travel inside and outside the Japanese archipelago and how tourist demands inside influence and shape patterns of travel outside the country. Overall, this book draws important insights for understanding the phenomenon of tourism on the one hand and the nature of Japanese society and culture on the other.


'Japanese Tourism and Travel Culture presents a fascinating]…[exploration of Japanese tourism culture. Though clearly geared toward researchers, the articles are on the whole relatively brief, and many could usefully be used as readings in undergraduate courses covering comparative tourism cultures' - Lonny E. Carlile, Annals of Tourism Research 37 (2010)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Culture of Travel (tabi no bunka) and Japanese Tourism Sylvie Guichard-Anguis Part 1: Travelling History in the Present 1. The Past and the Other in the Present: Kokunai Kokusaika Kanko– Domestic International Tourism Nelson Graburn 2. The Heroic Edo-ic: Travelling the History Highway in Today’s Tokugawa Japan Millie Creighton 3. Japanese Inns (Ryokan) as Producers of Japanese Identity Sylvie Guichard-Anguis Part 2: Travel in Tradition, Time and Fantasy 4. Meanings of Tradition in Contemporary Japanese Domestic Tourism Markus Oedewald 5. Fantasy Travel in Time and Space: A New Japanese Phenomenon? Joy Hendry Part 3: Travelling the Familiar Overseas 6. Japanese Tourists in Korea: Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters Okpyo Moon 7. The Japanese Encounter with the South: Japanese Tourists in Palau Shinji Yamashita 8. The Search For The Real Thing – Japanese Tourism to Britain Bronwen Surman 9. All Roads Lead to Home: Japanese Culinary Tourism in Italy Merry I. White

About the Editors

Sylvie Guichard-Anguis is a researcher at the French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) and works as a member of the research group "Spaces, Nature and Culture" in the Department of Geography, Paris-Sorbonne Paris 4. She is co-editor of Globalizing Japan (Routledge, 2001), Crossed Gazes at International Cultural Heritage (in French and English, 2003) with the collaboration of UNESCO, and co-author of Grand Hotels in Asia, Modernity, Urban Dynamic and Sociability (in French 2003, Korean translation 2007).

Okpyo Moon is Professor of Anthropology at the Academy of Korean Studies, Korea. Her major publications include From Paddy Field to Ski Slope: Revitalisation of Tradition in Japanese Village Life (In English, 1989); Consumption and Leisure Life in Contemporary Korea (In Korean, 1997); New Women: Images of Modern Women in Japan and Korea (In Korean, 2003) and Understanding Japanese Culture through Travel and Tourism (In Korean, 2006).

About the Series

Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

Editorial Board:
Pamela Asquith, University of Alberta
Eyal Ben Ari, Kinneret Academic College, Sea of Galilee, Israel

Hirochika Nakamaki, Suita City Museum, Japan
Christoph Brumann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany

Henry Johnson, University of Otago, New Zealand

Founder Member of the Editorial Board:
Jan van Bremen, University of Leiden

Routledge is very proud to be publishing this important series, which has already signed up a good list of high quality books on interesting topics, and has a truly international range of authors and editors.

A key aim of the series is to present studies that offer a deep understanding of aspects of Japanese society and culture to offset the impression of constant change and frivolity that so tempts the mass media around the world.  Living in Japan brings anyone into contact with the fervent mood of change, and former residents from many other countries enjoy reading about their temporary home, but there is a demand also to penetrate less obvious elements of this temporary life.  Anthropologists specialise in digging beneath the surface, in peeling off and examining layers of cultural wrapping, and in gaining an understanding of language and communication that goes beyond formal presentation and informal frolicking.  This series will help to open the eyes of readers around the world from many backgrounds to the work of these diligent anthropologists researching the social life of Japan.

Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed, and enquiries should be sent in the first instance to the series editor Professor Joy Hendry (jhendry@brookes.ac.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Customs & Traditions
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
TRAVEL / Asia / Japan