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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.
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Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.


Anne E. Imamura is Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.

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.

Elisabet Yanagisawa Avén is a PhD candidate in design with an artistic-philosophical perspective at the University of Gothenburg.

Professor, Institute of Religious Studies, Heidelberg University.

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

James L. Huffman is a Professor Emeritus of History at Wittenberg University in Ohio.

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.

Kristina Fridh is Professor of Interior Architecture at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.

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.

Natasha Bennett is the Curator of Oriental Collections at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Oleg Benesch är Reader in East Asian History vid Department of History, University of York.

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

Pia Moberg is an author, lecturer, trainer and coach with a focus on Culture Intelligence (CQ) and Japan. She holds a PhD in Japanese Studies from Gothenburg University and held a post-doc position at the Centre for Asian Studies at Lund University project on Japanese leadership training.

Roger Goodman is Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies and Warden of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

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

Thomas D. Conlan is Professor of East Asian Studies and History and Chair of East Asian Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University.

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