Making Japanese Heritage
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This book examines the making of heritage in contemporary Japan, investigating the ways in which particular objects, practices and institutions are ascribed public recognition and political significance. Through detailed ethnographic and historical case studies, it analyses the social, economic, and even global political dimensions of cultural heritage. It shows how claims to heritage status in Japan stress different material qualities of objects, places and people - based upon their ages, originality and usage. Following on an introduction that thoroughly assesses the field, the ethnographic and historiographic case studies range from geisha; noh masks; and the tea ceremony; urban architecture; automata; a utopian commune and the sites of Mitsubishi company history. They examine how their heritage value is made and re-made, and appraise the construction of heritage in cases where the heritage value resides in the very substance of the object’s material composition - for example, in architecture, landscapes and designs - and show how the heritage industry adds values to existing assets: such as sacredness, urban charm or architectural and ethnic distinctiveness. The book questions the interpretation of material heritage as an enduring expression of social relations, aesthetic values and authenticity which, once conferred, undergoes no subsequent change, and standard dismissals of heritage as merely a tool for enshrining the nation; supporting the powerful; fostering nostalgic escapism; or advancing capitalist exploitation. Finally, it considers the role of people as agents of heritage production, and analyses the complexity of the relationships between people and objects. This book is a rigorous assessment of how conceptions of Japanese heritage have been forged, and provides a wealth of evidence that questions established assumptions on the nature and social roles of heritage.
Preface - Joy Hendry Introduction - Rupert Cox and Christoph Brumann Part I: Performing Japaneseness through Heritage 1: Making ‘Japanese’ Tea - Kirsten Surak 2: Before Making Heritage: Internationalisation of Geisha in the Meiji Period - Mariko Okada 3: Making Art in the Japanese Way: Nihonga as Process and Symbolic Action - Arunas Gelunas Part II: Institutionalising Japanese Heritage 4: Architecture, Folklore Studies, and Cultural Democracy: Nagakura Saburô and Hida Minzoku-mura - Peter Siegenthaler 5: Nô Masks on Stage and in Museums: Approaches to the Contextualisation and Conservation of the Pitt Rivers Museum Nô Mask Collection - Rachel Payne 6: Company Culture or Patinated Past? The Display of Corporate Heritage in Sumitomo - Bart Gaens Part III: Japanese Local Heritage and the Wider World 7: A Heady Heritage: The Shifting Biography of Kashira (Puppet Heads) as Cultural Heritage Objects in the Awaji Tradition - Jane Marie Law 8: The Case of the Sash: A Search for Context in Okinawa - Amanda Mayer Stinchecum 9: Houses in Motion: The Revitalization of Kyoto’s Architectural Heritage - Christoph Brumann 10: Automated Alterities: Movement and Identity in the History of the Japanese Kobi Ningyô - Rupert Cox Part IV: Perpetuating Japanese Heritage 11: Maintaining a Zen Tradition in Japan: The Concrete Problem of Priest Succession - Masaki Matsubara 12: Debating the Past to Determine the Future in Shinkyo, a Japanese Commune - Michael Shackleton
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