Japan’s Past and Present

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.

Japan’s Past and Present
ISBN: 978-91-639-7205-8
155 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm (portrait). 570 pp
Design: Patric Leo
Spring 2020

Essay Authors

Elisabet Yanagisawa Avén, Doctoral Student, University of Gothenburg.

Oleg Benesch, Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), East Asian History, University of York.

Natasha Bennett, Curator of Oriental Collections, Royal Armouries, Leeds.

Jaqueline Berndt, Professor in Japanese Language and Culture, Stockholm University.

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

Blaine Brownell Aia, NCARB, LEED AP, Professor and Interim Department Head, University of Minnesota School of Architecture.

Thomas D. Conlan, Professor of East Asian Studies and History, Princeton University.

Karl Friday, Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Saitama University.

Kristina Fridh, PhD, Researcher, University of Gothenburg.

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

James L. Huffman, H. Orth Hirt Professor of History, Emeritus, Wittenberg University, Ohio.

Anne E. Imamura, Professor, Department of Sociology, Georgetown University.

James E. Ketelaar, Professor of Japanese History, University of Chicago.

John Lie, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.

Margaret Mehl, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen.

Pia Moberg, PhD, CEO Japaco.

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

Inken Prohl, Professor, Institute of Religious Studies, Heidelberg University.

Naoki Sakai, Goldwin Smith Professor of Asian Studies, Cornell University.

Dick Stegewerns, Associate Professor Japan Studies, University of Oslo.

Dr Stephen Turnbull, Research Associate, SOAS Japan Research Centre, University of London.

M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., Director, Ricci Institute of Chinese-Western Cultural History; Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, University of San Francisco.

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

Lars Vargö, PhD in Japanese studies, former Swedish Ambassador to Japan.

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

Michael Wert, Associate Professor, Marquette University.

Dr Christal Whelan, Writer/Anthropologist, Boston University.

Professor Mark Williams, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford.

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