Evanescence and Etiquette: An Introduction to Japanese Culture

Evanescence and Etiquette: An Introduction to Japanese Culture

by Charles Shiro Inouye
     
 

If we thought that reality were changeable, fragile, and fleeting, would we take life more seriously or less seriously? This book contemplates the notion of hakanasa, the evanescence of all things, as understood by the Japanese. Their lived responses to this idea of impermanence have been various and even contradictory. Asceticism, fatalism, conformism.See more details below

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If we thought that reality were changeable, fragile, and fleeting, would we take life more seriously or less seriously? This book contemplates the notion of hakanasa, the evanescence of all things, as understood by the Japanese. Their lived responses to this idea of impermanence have been various and even contradictory. Asceticism, fatalism, conformism. Hedonism, materialism, careerism. What this array of responses have in common are, first, a grounding in hakanasa, and, second, an emphasis on formality. Evanescence and Etiquette attempts to illuminate for the first time the ties between an epistemology of constant change and Japan's formal emphasis on etiquette and visuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403967060
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The order of here-and-now : ancient, medieval, and early modern Japan (to 1868) 1

Pt. 2 Change under the transcendental order : late modern Japan (1868-1970) 103

Pt. 3 Return to evanescence : contemporary Japan (1970 to the present) 175

Glossary of important terms 225

Notes 231

Works cited 247

Index 253

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