1st Edition

Understanding Tourism Mobilities in Japan

Edited By Hideki Endo Copyright 2021
    222 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The total number of foreign tourists received in countries throughout the world was 530 million in 1995. That number broke through the 1 billion mark for the first time in 2012, at 1,035,000,000. In 2015, it reached 1,180,000,000. According to Anthony Elliott and John Urry, modern society has been characterized as being "mobile", and within that we are also living "mobile lives".

    In modern society, flows of people, things, capital, information, ideas and technologies are constantly occurring, and as they are merging like a violently rushing stream, what could be termed a landscape of mobilities has appeared. Social realities are in flux and are transforming to become different than they were before. This volume will expand the inquiry of tourism mobilities comprehensively and clearly from the fields of humanities and social sciences. In particular, tourism mobilities has been actively investigated up to now in the UK, US, Europe and Australia, but even though the Japanese body of literature contains a great many excellent studies of Japanese examples, there are almost no English-language articles presenting their results.

    Publishing examples of Japanese tourism mobilities will not only foster new and exciting lines of inquiry for existing and future research on tourism mobilities, but will also have implications for humanities and social sciences throughout the world.

    Introduction: The Significance of Research on Tourism Mobilities and Related Issues

    Hideki Endo

    1. Seeking Sensuous Mobilities: Tourist Quests for Familiarity and Alterity

    Tim Edensor

    2. Tourism, ‘Nowstalgia’ and the (Non)experience of Place

    Richard Sharpley

    3. New Tourism and Social Transformation in Postmodernity: Sociological Examination of Japanese New Tourism

    Hiroshi Sudo

    4. Late Tourism and 'Boomerang' Mobility in Japan

    Makoto Yamaguchi

    5. Mobility Turn in Rural Districts in Japan: From "Kanko(-) (tourism)" to "Kankei (relationships)"

    Shingo Teraoka

    6. The New Mobile Assemblages Created by Pokémon GO

    Koji Kanda

    7. The Roots and Routes of Matryoshka: Souvenirs and Tourist Mobility in Russia, Japan, and the World

    Ryotaro Suzuki

    8. "Transference of Traditions" in Tourism: Local Identities as Images Reflected in Infinity Mirrors

    Hideki Endo

    9. Marathon Mobilities: A Western Tourist Perspective on Japanese Marathons

    Jonas Larsen

    10. Performative Nationalism in Japan’s Inbound Tourism Television Programmes: YOU, Sekai! (The World), and the Tourism Nation

    Adam Doering and Tsz Hei Kong

    11. Shibuya Crossing as A Non-Tourist Site: Performative Participation and Re-Staging

    Fumiaki Takaoka

    12. Mobilising Pilgrim Bodily Space: The Contest Between Authentic and Folk Pilgrimage in the Interwar Period

    Masato Mori

    13. Digital Media as "Social Spaces" of Tourism: The Japanese Cases of Travelling Material Things

    Hideki Endo


    Hideki Endo is a Professor in Tourism Research in the Faculty of Letters and Executive Director of the Institute of Humanities, Human and Social Sciences at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. He has studied the sociology of tourism, especially the social transformation that mobility and tourism bring. Among his publications are Tourism Mobilities (2017), Media and Culture (2017), Space and Media (2015), Tourism and Media (2014), Contemporary Cultural Studies (2011) and Actualities in Sociology of Tourism (2010).