Japan at Play

Japan at Play

by Joy Hendry, Massimo Raveri
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415215013

ISBN-13: 9780415215015

Pub. Date: 11/09/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book explores the myth, so abused by the mass media, that the Japanese are a grey, anonymous mass of efficient, obedient workers. The articles shed light on a Japan outside officialdom, a lively Japan of tumultuous and independent thought, inefficient and aesthetic, pleasure-loving, aggressive and wasteful, creative and anti-authoritarian. The book's truly

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This book explores the myth, so abused by the mass media, that the Japanese are a grey, anonymous mass of efficient, obedient workers. The articles shed light on a Japan outside officialdom, a lively Japan of tumultuous and independent thought, inefficient and aesthetic, pleasure-loving, aggressive and wasteful, creative and anti-authoritarian. The book's truly international contributors examine the role in modern Japanese society of a range of leisure and play activities, from drinking to travel, football to karaoke, tattoos to rock fandom. They explore how things which seem like play in one context are deadly serious in another, and how the fun and enjoyment may be achieved in unexpected ways. They also draw attention to the importance of such activities in understanding the deeper structure and meaning pervading all areas of the society in which they take place. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural Studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415215015
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/09/2001
Series:
Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Massimo RAVERI, Introduction 1. Joy HENDRY, The Japanese Tattoo: Play or Purpose? 2. Sepp LINHART, Interpreting the World as a ken Game 3. Wim LUNSING, Kono sekai (The Japanese Gay Scene): Communities or Just Playing Around? 4. YAMAGUCHI Masao, Karakuri ningyo : the Ludic Relationship between Man and Machine in Tokugawa Japan 5. Maria Dolores RODRIGUES DEL ALISAR, Ludic Elements in the Japanese Attitudes to tsukuru 6. Carolyn STEVENS, Saved by the Love Songs: Japanese Rock Fans, Memory, and the Pursuit of Pleasure 7. Michael ASHKENAZI, Inakazumo, Fun, and Socially Sanctioned Violence 8. Eyal BEN-ARI, At the Interstices: Drinking, Management, and Temporary Groups in a Local Japanese Organization 9. William KELLY, Training for Leisure: Karaoke and the Seriousness of Play in Japan 10. Rupert COX, Is there a Japanese Way of Playing? 11. Simone DALLA CHIESA, When the Goal is not the Goal: Japanese School Football Players Working Hard their Play 12. John HORNE, Professional Soccer in Japan 13. Jan van BREMEN, A Spell in Japan in the World of Play with Johan Huizinga 14. MOON Okpyo, Muraokoshi: Creating an Imagined Community 15. Sylvie GUICHARD-ANGUIS, From Curing and Playing to Leisure: Two Japanese Hot Springs 16. Karin Ulrike NENNSTIEL, Illegal Fishery and Power Games 17. John KNIGHT, Hunters and Hikers. Rival Recreations in the Japanese Forest 18. Aviad E. RAZ, Japan at Play in TDL: The Dialectics of asobi and reja

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