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Kosaku Yoshino, John Lie etc

Japan’s past and present

Japanese civilisation and its unique culture has often represented an enigma to the rest of the world. In this anthology a large number of experts explore Japans history and aspects of the Japanese quest for a national identity and what it means to the rest of the world through topics like architecture, religion, manga, Christianity in Japan and the Samurais.

In Japan, the study of nihonjinron became popular after the Second World War in an attempt to explain the uniqueness of the country s culture and character. Some of the essays in this volume deal with these issues and explore aspects of the Japanese quest for a national identity. Today Japan is one of the world s largest economies, but it is facing enormous challenges on a social, cultural, financial and political level.  These challenges are highlighted and analysed in this book through themes and topics from Japanese history: identity, architecture, religion, manga, Christianity in Japan, the Samurais and many other subjects. 

  • ISBN: 9789163972058
  • Published: 2020-02-24
  • Illustrated. 180x247x53 mm. 566 pages.


Professor Emerita of Japanese History, University of California, Irvine.

Blaine Brownell is Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Writer/Anthropologist, Boston University.

Director, Asian Studies Programme, Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Associate Professor Japan Studies, University of Oslo.

Professor, Institute of Religious Studies, Heidelberg University.

James E. Ketelaar is Professor of Japanese History at University of Chicago.

Jaqueline Berndt is Professor of Japanese Language and Culture at Stockholm University.

John Breen is Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto.

John Lie


Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.

Karl Friday is Professor Emeritus at the Department of History, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia.

Kosaku Yoshino (1953–2018), Professor, Department of Sociology, Sophia University.

Lars Vargö Distinguished Fellow and Head of the Stockholm Japan Center.

Margaret Mehl is Associate Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Mark Williams is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and former Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford.

Michael Wert is Associate Professor at Marquette University.

Naoki Sakai is Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus, Cornell University.

Peter Nosco is Professor of Japanese History and Culture at University of British Columbia.

PhD, CEO Japaco.

Research Associate, SOAS Japan Research Centre, University of London.

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