Japan and Britain after 1859: Creating Cultural Bridges / Edition 1

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In the years following Japan's long period of self-imposed isolation from the world, Japan developed a new relationship with the West, and especially with Britain, where relations grew to be particularly close. The Japanese, embarrassed by their perceived comparative backwardness, looked to the West to learn modern industrial techniques, including the design and engineering skills which underpinned them. At the same time, taking great pride in their own culture, they exhibited and sold high quality products of traditional Japanese craftsmanship in the West, stimulating a thirst for, and appreciation of, Japanese arts and crafts. This book examines the two-way bridge-building cultural exchange which took place between Japan and Britain in the years after 1859 and into the early years of the 20th century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700717477
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/13/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Author's note
Pt. I The price of seclusion 1
1 Shirts, studs and wash hand basins 3
2 The Great Exhibition as a cultural bridge 14
3 Affirmative action, abroad and in Japan 29
4 Yokohama muki: Japanese export ware 42
Pt. II In Japan 57
5 Maruzen and the foreign book trade 59
6 Western architecture and Japanese architects 73
7 Christopher Dresser and industrial design 86
8 Paintings, photographs and prints 96
Pt. III In Britain 109
9 Japonisme for all 111
10 Collecting Japanese art 125
11 Three painters, Menpes, Hornel, Brangwyn, and their patrons 140
12 'The lovely flower land of the Far East': travel writing about Japan 156
Pt. IV The commercial spin-off 169
13 The Japan British Exhibition, London, 1910 171
14 Shopping for Japonoiserie 185
Pt. V Four bridge builders 197
15 Painter, poet, pearl-maker and potter: Kyosai, Binyon, Mikimoto and Leach 199
App. I Catalogue of Japanese Exhibition and their products shown at the International Exhibition, Glasgow, 1901 (see Chapter 2) 213
App. II Industrial art manufacture in Japan. Companies which worked with, and for, Kiritsa Kosko Kaisha (see Chapter 3) 216
App. III British publishers with whom Maruzen was doing business between 1912 and 1941 (see Chapter 5) 219
Selected bibliography 224
Index 233
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