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Overview

Based on the travels of Griffis, Morse, and Hearn in the late 1800s, these stories evoke the immediacy of daily experience in Meiji, Japan, a nation still feudal in many of its habits yet captivating to Westerners for its gentleness, beauty, and pure charm. Illustrated.
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World

A fascinating study of cross-cultural encounters, written with great empathy not only for the three men but for the culture and the people they loved.
— Kunio Francis Tanabe

Journal of Asian Studies

Mirror in the Shrine does what we want historical biography to do: to speak through the sources and bring to life the trials, excitements, disappointments, joys, and ambitions of long-past souls. Rosenstone does this much and more.
— C. Andrew Gerstle

Edwin O. Reischauer
Absolutely delightful, at first for its unspoiled picture of late-nineteenth-century Japan as seen through the eyes of three remarkable but very different Americans, [the missionary William Elliot Griffis, the scientist Edward S. Morse, and the writer Lafcadio Hearn], and then for the marvelous reconstruction of how Japan worked on their minds, radically changing their perceptions of the country and the whole relationship between East and West--between the barbarian and the civilized. The book is a tour de force
Washington Post Book World - Kunio Francis Tanabe
A fascinating study of cross-cultural encounters, written with great empathy not only for the three men but for the culture and the people they loved.
Journal of Asian Studies - C. Andrew Gerstle
Mirror in the Shrine does what we want historical biography to do: to speak through the sources and bring to life the trials, excitements, disappointments, joys, and ambitions of long-past souls. Rosenstone does this much and more.
Journal of Asian Studies
Mirror in the Shrine does what we want historical biography to do: to speak through the sources and bring to life the trials, excitements, disappointments, joys, and ambitions of long-past souls. Rosenstone does this much and more.
— C. Andrew Gerstle
Washington Post Book World
A fascinating study of cross-cultural encounters, written with great empathy not only for the three men but for the culture and the people they loved.
— Kunio Francis Tanabe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674576421
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1991
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Rosenstone is Professor of History, California Institute of Technology, and author of Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters with Meiji Japan and Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed (both from Harvard).
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