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War as Entertainment and Contents Tourism in Japan

Edited By Takayoshi Yamamura, Philip Seaton Copyright 2022
    176 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book examines the phenomenon of war-related contents tourism throughout Japanese history, from conflicts described in ancient Japanese myth through to contemporary depictions of fantasy and futuristic warfare.

    It tackles two crucial questions: first, how does war transition from being traumatic to entertaining in the public imagination and works of popular culture; and second, how does visitation to war-related sites transition from being an act of mourning or commemorative pilgrimage into an act of devotion or fan pilgrimage? Representing the collaboration of ten expert researchers of Japanese popular culture and travel, it develops a theoretical framework for understanding war-related contents tourism and demonstrates the framework in practice via numerous short case studies across a millennium of warfare in Japan including: the tales of heroic deities in the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters, AD 712), the Edo poetry of Matsuo Basho, and the Pacific war through lens of popular media such as the animated film Grave of the Fireflies.

    This book will be of interest to researchers and students in tourism studies and cultural studies, as well as more general issues of war and peace in Japan, East Asia and beyond.

    1. Theorizing war-related contents tourism
    Philip Seaton and Takayoshi Yamamura
    Part 1: From myths to the middle ages
    2. The narrative worlds of ancient wars: travelling heroes in Kojiki
    Takayoshi Yamamura
    3. The Mongol invasions of Japan and Tsushima tourism
    Kyungjae Jang
    4: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and contents tourism in Aizu-Wakamatsu
    Aleksandra Jaworowicz-Zimny
    5. History girls and women’s war-related contents tourism
    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada
    Part 2: The rise and fall of the Tokugawas
    6. Satsuma’s invasion of the Ryukyu Kingdom in 1609 and Okinawa tourism
    Kyungjae Jang
    7. War-related narratives and contents tourism during the ‘Tokugawa peace’
    Takayoshi Yamamura
    8. Tōken Ranbu and samurai swords as tourist attractions
    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada
    9. Castles and castle towns in Japanese tourism
    Yosuke Fujiki and Hitoshi Nakai
    10. Festivals of war: travelling the Shinsengumi in 2019
    Part 3: Imperial Japan
    11. Hokkaido as imperial acquisition and the Ainu in popular culture and tourism
    Ryo Koarai
    12. The Russo-Japanese War and (contents) tourism
    Philip Seaton
    13. Tourism relating to the new culture introduced by First World War German POWs
    Kyungjae Jang
    14. Theatre (contents) tourism and war as a backdrop to romance
    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada
    Part 4: The Asia-Pacific War
    15. Yasukuni Shrine’s□Yūshūkan museum as a site of contents tourism
    Philip Seaton and Takayoshi Yamamura
    16. The sense of belonging created by In this Corner of the World
    Luli van der Does
    17. Travelling Grave of the Fireflies: the gap between creators’ intentions and audiences’/tourists’ interpretations
    Takayoshi Yamamura
    18. Tours of Tokkōtai (kamikaze) training bases □
    Luli van der Does
    19. Repatriation and the enka ballad Ganpeki no haha
    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada
    Part 5: Postwar Japan
    20. Kantai Collection and entertainmentization of the Second World War
    Kyungjae Jang
    21. The war metaphors underpinning Mizuki Shigeru yōkai tourism
    Qiaodan Wang and Philip Seaton
    22. Shin Godzilla: tourism consuming images of JSDF, kaiju characters, and destroyed sites
    Aleksandra Jaworowicz-Zimny and Takayoshi Yamamura
    23. Fantasy wars and their real-life inspirations: tourism and international conflicts caused by Attack on Titan
    Ryo Koarai and Takayoshi Yamamura


    Takayoshi Yamamura is a Professor at Hokkaido University, Japan.

    Philip Seaton is a Professor at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan.