Journal of Japanese Studies

The Journal of Japanese Studies
Volume 32, Number 2, Summer 2006

CONTENTS

Articles

    Napier, Susan Jolliffe.
  • Matter Out of Place: Carnival, Containment, and Cultural Recovery in Miyazaki's Spirited Away
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    Subject Headings:
    • Miyazaki, Hayao, 1941-, dir. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Motion picture)
    • National characteristics in motion pictures.
    Abstract:
      This essay deals with the recent animated film Spirited Away by the foremost Japanese animator, Miyazaki Hayao. It examines Spirited Away as a representation of "cultural boundedness," a reaction to globalization in which cultural products are used to reinforce notions of local culture as a form of resistance to perceived outside threats. It goes on to query the success of this attempt, arguing that Spirited Away undermines its overt agenda, ultimately expressing a culture beset by polluting and transgressing forces.
    Kono, Shion, 1972-
  • The Rhetoric of Annotation in Mori Ōgai's Historical Fiction and Shiden Biographies
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mori, Ogai, 1862-1922 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    • Mori, Ogai, 1862-1922. Shiden.
    • History in literature.
    • Biography in literature.
    Abstract:
      In this study, I examine the crucial role of historical research in Mori Ōgai's historical fiction and biographies in the 1910s. I focus on Ōgai's unique use of annotations and commentaries in works such as "Ōshio Heihachirō" (1914) and "Tsuge Shirōzaemon" (1915). While the annotation reveals visible traces of a new, disciplined mode of historical research introduced in the Meiji period, the flexibility of its format threatens to loosen the narrative structure. Ōgai's use of annotation paved the way for his stylistic innovation of shiden, a potent form of historical biography that combines the literary, the historical, and the personal in a single narrative.
    Sawada, Janine Anderson, 1953-
  • Sexual Relations as Religious Practice in the Late Tokugawa Period: Fujidō
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sex -- Religious aspects.
    • Man-woman relationships -- Japan -- History -- Tokugawa period, 1600-1868.
    Abstract:
      During the late Tokugawa period, some religious groups stressed regulation of the body as a focus for moral cultivation. This article reviews the eschatology of the Fujidō movement, whose members believed that the emergence of a harmonious, just society depended on the restoration of a proper balance between female (yin) and male (yang) forces. Harmonization was to be enacted on a cosmic level and also in human sexual relations. The Fujidō program of restoring proper relations between women and men, although unorthodox, was part of a larger trend to cultivate moral values through physical disciplines.
    Nelson, Thomas.
  • Japan in the Life of Early Ryukyu
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ryukyu Islands -- History -- To 1879.
    • Ryukyu Islands -- Civilization.
    Abstract:
      The sources detailing the history of Ryukyu between 1372 and 1609 pay great attention to links with China. Ties to Japan, by contrast, have either gone unrecorded or else the documents describing them have been lost. The aim of this essay is to redress the balance by drawing on scattered Korean and Japanese records to demonstrate that Japan both exerted an important cultural and economic influence on Ryukyu and dominated the northward leg of Ryukyu's foreign trade.

Perspectives

    Pyle, Kenneth B.
  • Profound Forces in the Making of Modern Japan
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    Subject Headings:
    • Japan -- Civilization -- To 1868.
    • Japan -- Foreign relations -- 1600-1868.
    • Japan -- History -- Restoration, 1853-1870.
    Abstract:
      The structure, governance, institutions, principles, and norms of the international system have decisively influenced modern Japan's international behavior and its domestic political structure. It is a common characteristic of the conservative elites to vigilantly monitor and to adapt to its workings. This strategic style is a legacy of premodern influences and the formative experience of the Meiji Restoration. Each of the major transformations of the international system since the mid-nineteenth century induced sweeping changes in Japan's foreign policy and domestic institutions. The end of the cold war system is doing likewise. Historiography should reflect this powerful influence.

Reviews

    Ravina, Mark, 1961-
  • Geographies of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Howell, David L. Geographies of identity in nineteenth-century Japan.
    • Japan -- Civilization -- 19th century.
    Koschmann, J. Victor.
  • The Social Sciences in Modern Japan: The Marxian and Modernist Traditions (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Barshay, Andrew E. Social sciences in modern Japan: the marxian and modernist traditions.
    • Social sciences -- Japan -- History.
    Shillony, Ben-Ami.
  • Defending Japan's Pacific War: The Kyoto School Philosophers and Post-White Power (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Williams, David, 1948 July 19- Defending Japan's Pacific war: the Kyoto School philosophers and post-White power.
    • Philosophy -- Japan -- 20th century.
    Pyle, Kenneth B.
  • Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture and Expertise in Twentieth Century Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hein, Laura Elizabeth. Reasonable men, powerful words: political culture and expertise in twentieth-century Japan.
    • Economists -- Japan -- 20th century.
    Ericson, Steven J., 1953-
  • Unfinished Business: Ayukawa Yoshisuke and U.S.-Japan Relations, 1937-1953 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Iguchi, Haruo, 1964- Unfinished business: Ayukawa Yoshisuke and U.S.-Japan relations, 1937-1953.
    • Aikawa, Yoshisuke, 1880-1967.
    Schoppa, Leonard J. (Leonard James), 1962-
  • Japan's Interventionist State: The Role of the MAFF (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mulgan, Aurelia George. Japan's interventionist state: the role of the MAFF.
    • Japan. Norin Suisansho.
    Johnson, David T. (David Ted), 1960-
  • Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • West, Mark D. Law in everyday Japan: sex, sumo, suicide, and statutes.
    • Law -- Japan.
    Kreitz-Sandberg, Susanne.
  • Youth Deviance in Japan: Class Reproduction of Non-Conformity (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Yoder, Robert Stuart. Youth deviance in Japan: class reproduction of non-conformity.
    • Deviant behavior -- Japan.
    Achenbaum, W. Andrew.
  • The Practice of Concern: Ritual, Well-Being and Aging in Rural Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Traphagan, John W. Practice of concern: ritual, well-being, and aging in rural Japan.
    • Older people -- Japan.
    Nakamura, Karen, 1970-
  • Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ito, Mizuko, ed. Personal, portable, pedestrian: mobile phones in Japanese life.
    • Okabe, Daisuke, ed.
    • Matsuda, Misa, 1968-, ed.
    • Technology -- Social aspects -- Japan.
    McVeigh, Brian J.
  • Islands of Eight Million Smiles: Idol Performance and Symbolic Production in Contemporary Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Aoyagi, Hiroshi, 1963- Islands of eight million smiles: idol performance and symbolic production in contemporary Japan.
    • Popular music -- Social aspects -- Japan.
    Graham, Fiona, 1961-
  • The Business of Ethnography: Strategic Exchanges, People and Organizations (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Moeran, Brian, 1944- Business of ethnography: strategic exchanges, people, and organizations.
    • Business anthropology -- Japan.
    Gottlieb, Nanette, 1948-
  • Japanese Language, Gender, and Ideology: Cultural Models and Real People (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Okamoto, Shigeko, ed. Japanese language, gender, and ideology: cultural models and real people.
    • Smith, Janet S. Shibamoto, ed.
    • Japanese language -- Social aspects.
    Lewis, Catherine C.
  • Applied Developmental Psychology: Theory, Practice, and Research from Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shwalb, David W., ed. Applied developmental psychology: theory, practice, and research from Japan.
    • Nakazawa, Jun, ed.
    • Shwalb, Barbara J., ed.
    • Child psychology -- Japan.
    Earhart, H. Byron.
  • Making Pilgrimages: Meaning and Practice in Shikoku (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Reader, Ian, 1949- Making pilgrimages: meaning and practice in Shikoku.
    • Buddhist pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Japan -- Shikoku Region.
    Marran, Christine.
  • Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star: A Woman, Sex, and Morality in Modern Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Johnston, William, 1955- Geisha, harlot, strangler, star: a woman, sex, and morality in modern Japan.
    • Abe, Sada, 1905-
    Fogel, Joshua A., 1950-
  • Musashino in Tuscany: Japanese Overseas Travel Literature, 1860-1912 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fessler, Susanna. Musashino in Tuscany: Japanese overseas travel literature, 1860-1912.
    • Authors, Japanese -- 19th century -- Travel -- Europe.
    Conant, Ellen P.
  • Japanese Painting and National Identity: Okakura Tenshin and His Circle (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Weston, Victoria. Japanese painting and national identity: Okakura Tenshin and his circle.
    • Painting, Japanese.
    Marceau, Lawrence Edward.
  • The Commercial and Cultural Climate of Japanese Printmaking (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Newland, Amy Reigle, ed. Commercial and cultural climate of Japanese printmaking.
    • Color prints, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868.
    Ivy, Marilyn.
  • Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Murakami, Takashi, 1962-, ed. Little boy: the arts of Japan's exploding subculture.
    • Art, Modern -- 21st century -- Themes, motives -- Exhibitions.

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