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Japan at Play : Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies - Joy Hendry

Japan at Play

Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

By: Joy Hendry (Editor), Massimo Raveri (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 9th November 2001
ISBN: 9780415215015
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

List of Figures Acknowledgements Conventions List of Contributors Introduction Massimo Raveri
The Japanese Tattoo: Play or Purpose?
Interpreting the World as a Ken Game
Kono Saki (The Japanese Gay Scene): Communities or Just Playing Around?
Karakuri: The Ludic Relationship Between Man and the Machine in Tokugawa Japan
Ludic Elements in Japanese Attitudes to Tsukuru Maria-Dolores
Saved by the Love song: Japanese Rock Fans, Memory and the Pursuit of Pleasure
Inakazumo, Fun and Socially Sanctioned Violence
At the Interstices: Drinking, Management, and Temporary Groups in a Local Japanese Organisation
Training for Leisure: Karaoke and the Seriousness of Play in Japan
Is there a Japanese way of Playing?
When a Goal is not a Goal: Japanese School Football Players Working Hard at their Game Simone Dalla Chiesa
Professional Soccer in Japan
A Spell in Japan in the world of Play with Johan Huizinga
Countryside Reinvented for Urban Tourists: Rural Transformation in the Japanese Muraokoshi Movement Okpyo Moon
From Curing and Playing, to Leisure. Two Japanese Hot Springs: Arima
Illegal Fishing and Power Games Ulrike Nennstiel
Hunters and Hikers: Rival Recreations in the Japanese Forest
Japan at Play in TDL: The Dialectics of Asobi
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ISBN: 9780415215015
ISBN-10: 0415215013
Series: Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 9th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 16.0  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1