Japan at Play

Japan at Play

by Joy Hendry, Massimo Raveri
     
 

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

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The Japanese tattoo: play or purpose?22
2Interpreting the world as a ken game35
3Kono sekai (the Japanese gay scene): communities or just playing around?57
4Karakuri: the ludic relationship between man and machine in Tokugawa Japan72
5Ludic elements in Japanese attitudes to tsukuru84
6Saved by the love song: Japanese rock fans, memory and the pursuit of pleasure99
7Inakazumo, fun, and socially sanctioned violence115
8At the interstices: drinking, management, and temporary groups in a local Japanese organization129
9Training for leisure: karaoke and the seriousness of play in Japan152
10Is there a Japanese way of playing?169
11When the goal is not a goal: Japanese school football players working hard at their game186
12Professional soccer in Japan199
13Japan in the world of Johan Huizinga214
14The countryside reinvented for urban tourists: rural transformation in the Japanese muraokoshi movement228
15From curing and playing, to leisure: two Japanese hot springs: Arima and Kinosaki onsen245
16Illegal fishing and power games259
17Hunters and hikers: rival recreations in the Japanese forest268
18Japan at play in TDL (Tokyo Disneyland): the dialectics of asobi and reja285
Index300

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