Japanese Culture

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University of Hawaii Press, 2000 - History - 383 pages
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Japanese Culture has been called "a masterpiece of much in little space" (Booklist). For more than two decades it 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.
 

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Contents

The Emergence of Japanese Civilization
1
The Introduction of Buddhism
19
The Court at Its Zenith
48
The Advent of a New Age
77
The Canons of Medieval Taste
91
The Country Unified
140
The Flourishing of a Bourgeois Culture
164
Heterodox Trends
205
Encounter with the West
235
The Fruits of Modernity
271
Culture in the Present Age
304
Notes
353
Glossary
363
Selected Bibliography
367
Index
373
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Paul Varley is professor emeritus at Columbia University and Sen Soshitsu XV Professor of Japanese Cultural History at the University of Hawai'i.

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