Japanese Culture

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/1/2000
  • Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr

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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.

Author Biography

Paul Varley is professor emeritus at Columbia University and Sen Soshitsu XV Professor of Japanese Cultural History at the University of Hawai'i.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Major Periods and Cultural Epochs of Japanese History x
Chinese Dynasties Since the Time of Unification Under the Han xi
Author's Notes xiii
The Emergence of Japanese Civilization
The Introduction of Buddhism
The Court at Its Zenith
The Advent of a New Age
The Canons of Medieval Taste
The Country Unified
The Flourishing of a Bourgeois Culture
Heterodox Trends
Encounter with the West
The Fruits of Modernity
Culture in the Present Age
Notes 353(10)
Glossary 363(4)
Selected Bibliography 367(6)
Index 373

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