Japanese Culture & Society Products

  • Sustainability in Contemporary Rural Japan

    Challenges and Opportunities

    Edited by Stephanie Assmann

    Rural communities in Japan have suffered from significant depopulation and economic downturn in post-war years. Low birth rates, aging populations, agricultural decline and youth migration to large cities have been compounded by the triple disaster of March 11, 2011, which destroyed farming and…

    Hardback – 2015-12-18 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Asia and the Environment

  • Femininity, Self-harm and Eating Disorders in Japan

    Navigating contradiction in narrative and visual culture

    By Gitte Marianne Hansen

    From the 1980s onwards, the incidence of eating disorders and self-harm has increased among Japanese women who report receiving mixed messages about how to be women. Mirroring this, women’s self-directed violence has increasingly been thematised in diverse Japanese narrative and visual culture.…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15 
    Routledge
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

  • Rashomon Effects

    Kurosawa, Rashomon and their legacies

    Edited by Blair Davis, Robert Anderson, Jan Walls

    Akira Kurosawa is arguably known as the director who opened up Japanese film to Western audiences, and following his death in 1998, a process of reflection has begun about his life’s work as a whole and its legacy to cinema. Kurosawa’s 1950 film Rashomon has become one of the best-known Japanese…

    Hardback – 2015-11-18 
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Film Studies

  • Japanese Gardens

    Symbolism and Design

    By Seiko Goto, Naka Takahiro

    The unique beauty of the Japanese garden stems from its spirituality and rich symbolism, yet most discussions on this kind of garden rarely provide more than a superficial overview. This book takes a thorough look at the process of designing a Japanese garden, placing it in a historical and…

    Paperback – 2015-10-06 
    Routledge

  • Sport and Body Politics in Japan

    By Wolfram Manzenreiter

    There is more to Japanese sport than sumo, karate and baseball. This study of social sport in Japan pursues a comprehensive approach towards sport as a distinctive cultural sphere at the intersection of body culture, political economy, and cultural globalization. Bridging the gap between Bourdieu…

    Paperback – 2015-09-15 
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

  • The Strong and the Weak in Japanese Literature

    Discrimination, Egalitarianism, Nationalism

    By Fuminobu Murakami

    This book uses texts from classical to modern Japanese literature to examine concepts of 'respect for the strong', as a notion of an evolutionary society, and 'sympathy for the weak', as a notion of a non-violent and changeless egalitarian society. The term strong refers not just to those…

    Paperback – 2015-08-28
    Routledge

  • Modern Japan

    A Social and Political History, 3rd Edition

    By Elise K. Tipton

    This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of Modern Japan provides a concise and fascinating introduction to the social, cultural and political history of modern Japan. Ranging from the Tokugawa period to the present day, Tipton links everyday lives with major historical developments,…

    Paperback – 2015-08-27
    Routledge
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

  • Negotiating Censorship in Modern Japan

    Edited by Rachael Hutchinson

    Censorship in Japan has seen many changes over the last 150 years and each successive system of rule has possessed its own censorship laws, regulations, and methods of enforcement. Yet what has remained constant through these many upheavals has been the process of negotiation between censor and…

    Paperback – 2015-08-21
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

  • Japanese Women in Science and Engineering

    History and Policy Change

    By Naonori Kodate, Kashiko Kodate

    The gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) varies greatly from country to country, and the number of Japanese women in these fields remains relatively few. This prompts us to ask why the proportion of female scientists in Japan is still remarkably low and what…

    Hardback – 2015-08-10
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

  • Re-Evaluating Education in Japan and Korea

    De-mystifying Stereotypes

    By Hyunjoon Park

    International comparisons of student achievement in mathematics, science, and reading have consistently shown that Japanese and Korean students outperform their peers in other parts of world. Understandably, this has attracted many policymakers and researchers seeking to emulate this success, but…

    Paperback – 2015-08-04
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Education and Society in Asia

  • Social Inequality in Japan

    By Sawako Shirahase

    Japan was the first Asian country to become a mature industrial society, and throughout the 1970s and the 1980s, was viewed as an ‘all-middle-class society’. However since the 1990s there have been growing doubts as to the real degree of social equality in Japan, particularly in the context of…

    Paperback – 2015-08-04
    Routledge
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

  • Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan

    By Denis Gainty

    In 1895, the newly formed Greater Japan Martial Virtue Association (Dainippon Butokukai) held its first annual Martial Virtue Festival (butokusai) in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The Festival marked the arrival of a new iteration of modern Japan, as the Butokukai’s efforts to define and popularise…

    Paperback – 2015-08-04
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

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