Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

Series Editor: Joy Hendry

Editorial Board:

Pamela Asquith, University of Alberta

Eyal Ben Ari, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hirochika Nakamaki, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka

Kirsten Refsing, University of Copenhagen

Wendy Smith, Monash University

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).

  • Becoming International in Japan

    Class, Ethnicity and Early Childhood Education

    By Yuki Imoto

    International pre-schools in Japan are a growing phenomenon, used by parents who are keen to ensure that their children are fluent in English and at home with Western culture, thereby preparing their children for, as the parents see it, future success. This book, based on extensive original…

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  • Disability in Japan

    By Carolyn S. Stevens

    Disability and chronic illness represents a special kind of cultural diversity, the "other" to "normal" able-bodiedness. Most studies of disability consider disability in North American or European contexts; and studies of diversity in Japan consider ethnic and cultural diversity, but not the…

    Paperback – 2015-07-22
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  • Language, Education and Citizenship in Japan

    By Genaro Castro-Vázquez

    Based on extensive original research, this book explores the early educational experiences of foreign children in Japan. It considers foreign children’s experiences of Japanese schools, examines the special tutoring such children often have to improve their language proficiency, and explores the…

    Paperback – 2014-08-14
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  • Death and Dying in Contemporary Japan

    Edited by Hikaru Suzuki

    This book, based on extensive original research, explores the various ways in which Japanese people think about death and how they approach the process of dying and death. It shows how new forms of funeral ceremonies have been developed by the funeral industry, how traditional grave burial is being…

    Paperback – 2014-07-03
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  • The Japanese Family

    Touch, Intimacy and Feeling

    By Diana Adis Tahhan

    This book explores how the relationship between child and parent develops in Japan, from the earliest point in a child’s life, through the transition from family to the wider world, first to playschools and then schools. It shows how touch and physical contact are important for engendering intimacy…

    Hardback – 2014-05-07
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  • Japan's Ainu Minority in Tokyo

    Diasporic Indigeneity and Urban Politics

    By Mark K. Watson

    This book is about the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, living in and around Tokyo; it is, therefore, about what has been pushed to the margins of history. Customarily, anthropologists and public officials have represented Ainu issues and political affairs as limited to rural pockets of…

    Hardback – 2014-02-24
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  • The First European Description of Japan, 1585

    A Critical English-Language Edition of Striking Contrasts in the Customs of Europe and Japan by Luis Frois, S.J.

    By Luis Frois SJ

    Edited by Daniel T. Reff, Richard Danford

    In 1585, at the height of Jesuit missionary activity in Japan, which was begun by Francis Xavier in 1549, Luis Frois, a long-time missionary in Japan, drafted the earliest systematic comparison of Western and Japanese cultures. This book constitutes the first critical English-language edition of…

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  • Japanese Tree Burial

    Ecology, Kinship and the Culture of Death

    By Sébastien Penmellen Boret

    Tree burial, a new form of disposal for the cremated remains of the dead, was created in 1999 by Chisaka Genpo, the head priest of a Zen Buddhist temple in northern Japan. Instead of a conventional family gravestone, perpetuating the continuity of a household and its identity, tree burial uses vast…

    Hardback – 2014-01-22
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  • Religion and Politics in Contemporary Japan

    Soka Gakkai Youth and Komeito

    By Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen

    Presenting a study of politics at grassroots level among young Japanese, this book examines the alliance between the religious movement Soka Gakkai (the ‘Value-creation Society’) and Komeito (the ‘Clean Government Party’), which shared power with the Liberal Democratic Party from 1999 to 2009.…

    Paperback – 2013-11-10
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  • Tradition, Democracy and the Townscape of Kyoto

    Claiming a Right to the Past

    By Christoph Brumann

    As the historic capital of the country and the stronghold of the nation’s most celebrated traditions, the city of Kyoto holds a unique place in the Japanese imagination. Widely praised for the beauty of its townscape and natural environments, it is both a popular destination for tourists and home…

    Paperback – 2013-10-28
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  • Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion

    By Tullio Federico Lobetti

    Ascetic practices are a common feature of religion in Japan, practiced by different religious traditions. This book looks at these ascetic practices in an inter-sectarian and inter-doctrinal fashion, in order to highlight the underlying themes common to all forms of asceticism. It does so by…

    Hardback – 2013-08-12
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  • Abandoned Japanese in Postwar Manchuria

    The Lives of War Orphans and Wives in Two Countries

    By Yeeshan Chan

    This book relates the experiences of the zanryu-hojin - the Japanese civilians, mostly women and children, who were abandoned in Manchuria after the end of the Second World War when Japan’s puppet state in Manchuria ended, and when most Japanese who has been based there returned to Japan. Many…

    Paperback – 2013-01-28
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  • Japanese Women, Class and the Tea Ceremony

    The voices of tea practitioners in northern Japan

    By Kaeko Chiba

    This book examines the complex relationship between class and gender dynamics among tea ceremony (chado) practitioners in Japan. Focusing on practitioners in a provincial city, Akita, the book surveys the rigid, hierarchical chado system at grass roots level. Making critical use of Bourdieu’s idea…

    Paperback – 2013-01-28
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  • Home and Family in Japan

    Continuity and Transformation

    Edited by Richard Ronald, Allison Alexy

    In the Japanese language the word ‘ie’ denotes both the materiality of homes and family relations within. The traditional family and family house - often portrayed in ideal terms as key foundations of Japanese culture and society - have been subject to significant changes in recent years. This book…

    Paperback – 2011-10-11
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  • Making Japanese Heritage

    Edited by Christoph Brumann, Rupert A. Cox

    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,…

    Paperback – 2011-05-11
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  • Japanese Tourism and Travel Culture

    Edited by Sylvie Guichard-Anguis, Okpyo Moon

    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…

    Paperback – 2011-04-19
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  • Community Volunteers in Japan

    Everyday stories of social change

    By Lynne Nakano

    Volunteering is a recent and highly visible phenomenon in Japan, adopted as a meaningful social activity by millions of Japanese and covered widely in the Japanese media. This book, based on extensive original research, tells the stories of community volunteers who make social change through their…

    Paperback – 2009-08-13
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  • Primary School in Japan

    Self, Individuality and Learning in Elementary Education

    By Peter Cave

    The balance between individual independence and social interdependence is a perennial debate in Japan. A series of educational reforms since 1990, including the implementation of a new curriculum in 2002, has been a source of fierce controversy. This book, based on an extended, detailed study of…

    Paperback – 2009-05-11
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  • The Culture of Copying in Japan

    Critical and Historical Perspectives

    Edited by Rupert Cox

    This book challenges the perception of Japan as a ‘copying culture’ through a series of detailed ethnographic and historical case studies. It addresses a question about why the West has had such a fascination for the adeptness with which the Japanese apparently assimilate all things foreign and at…

    Paperback – 2009-05-11
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  • Dismantling the East-West Dichotomy

    Essays in Honour of Jan van Bremen

    Edited by Joy Hendry, Heung Wah Wong

    It has been customary in the appraisal of the different approaches to the study of Japan anthropology to invoke an East-West dichotomy positing hegemonic ‘Western’ systems of thought against a more authentic ‘Eastern’ alternative. Top scholars in the field of Japan anthropology examine, challenge…

    Paperback – 2009-05-11
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  • Nature, Ritual, and Society in Japan's Ryukyu Islands

    By Arne Røkkum

    Despite their small area, the southern islands of Japan can be seen as stepping stones towards a more nuanced view of cultural osmosis between Japan and the outside world. This book presents an ethnographic portrayal of the people of the Southern Ryukyu Islands and their world. In particular it…

    Paperback – 2009-05-11
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  • The Care of the Elderly in Japan

    By Yongmei Wu

    The problems of an ageing population are particularly acute in Japan. These problems include people living longer, with many needing more care, and the problems of supporting them by a diminishing working population and a diminishing tax base. This book, based on extensive fieldwork in a Japanese…

    Paperback – 2009-05-11
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  • Psychotherapy and Religion in Japan

    The Japanese Introspection Practice of Naikan

    By Chikako Ozawa-de Silva

    Naikan is a Japanese psychotherapeutic method which combines meditation-like body engagement with the recovery of memory and the reconstruction of one's autobiography in order to bring about healing and a changed notion of the self. Based on original anthropological fieldwork, this fascinating…

    Paperback – 2009-04-28
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  • Globalisation and Japanese Organisational Culture

    An Ethnography of a Japanese Corporation in France

    By Mitchell Sedgwick

    Globalisation – the global movement, and control, of products, capital, technologies, persons and images – increasingly takes place through the work of organisations, perhaps the most powerful of which are multinational corporations. Based in an ethnographic analysis of cross-cultural social…

    Paperback – 2008-11-27
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  • Pilgrimages and Spiritual Quests in Japan

    Edited by Peter Ackermann, Dolores Martinez, Maria Rodriguez del Alisal

    This exciting new book is a detailed examination of pilgrimages in Japan, including the meanings of travel, transformation, and the discovery of identity through encounters with the sacred, in a variety of interesting dimensions in both historical and contemporary Japanese culture, linked by the…

    Paperback – 2008-08-30
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  • Japan's Changing Generations

    Are Young People Creating a New Society?

    Edited by Gordon Mathews, Bruce White

    Japan's Changing Generations argues that 'the generation gap' in Japan is something more than young people resisting the adult social order before entering and conforming to that order. Rather, it signifies something more fundamental: the emergence of a new Japan, which may be quite different…

    Paperback – 2005-03-26
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  • A Japanese View of Nature

    The World of Living Things by Kinji Imanishi

    By Kinji Imanishi

    Edited by Pamela J. Asquith

    Although Seibutsu no Sekai (The World of Living Things), the seminal 1941 work of Kinji Imanishi, had an enormous impact in Japan, both on scholars and on the general public, very little is known about it in the English-speaking world. This book makes the complete text available in English for the…

    Paperback – 2002-09-04
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