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Japanese Culture
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For nearly three decades Japanese Culture has garnered high praise as an accurate and well-written introduction to Japanese history and culture. This widely used undergraduate text is now available in a new edition. Thoroughly updated, the fourth edition includes expanded sections on numerous topics, among which are samurai values, Zen Buddhism, the tea ceremony, Confucianism in the Tokugawa period, the story of the forty-seven ronin, Mito scholarship in the early nineteenth century, and mass culture and comics in contemporary times.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. p. ix
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  1. Major Periods and Cultural Epochs of Japanese History
  2. p. x
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  1. Chinese Dynasties Since the Time of Unification under the Han
  2. p. xi
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  1. Author’s Notes
  2. p. xiii
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  1. 1 The Emergence of Japanese Civilization
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2 The Introduction of Buddhism
  2. pp. 19-47
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  1. 3 The Court at Its Zenith
  2. pp. 48-76
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  1. 4 The Advent of a New Age
  2. pp. 77-90
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  1. 5 The Canons of Medieval Taste
  2. pp. 91-139
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  1. 6 The Country Unified
  2. pp. 140-163
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  1. 7 The Flourishing of a Bourgeois Culture
  2. pp. 164-204
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  1. 8 Heterodox Trends
  2. pp. 205-234
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  1. 9 Encounter with the West
  2. pp. 235-270
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  1. 10 The Fruits of Modernity
  2. pp. 271-303
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  1. 11 Culture in the Present Age
  2. pp. 304-351
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 353-361
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 363-366
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 367-371
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 373-383
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