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The Culture of Copying in Japan : Critical and Historical Perspectives - Rupert Cox

The Culture of Copying in Japan

Critical and Historical Perspectives

By: Rupert Cox (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th September 2007
ISBN: 9780415307529
Number Of Pages: 276

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This book challenges the perception of Japan as a 'copying culture' through a series of detailed ethnographic and historical case studies.

It addresses a question about why the West has had such a fascination for the adeptness with which the Japanese apparently assimilate all things foreign and at the same time such a fear of their skill at artificially remaking and automating the world around them. Countering the idea of a Japan that deviously or ingenuously copies others, it elucidates the history of creative exchanges with the outside world and the particular myths, philosophies and concepts which are emblematic of the origins and originality of copying in Japan. The volume demonstrates the diversity and creativity of copying in the Japanese context through the translation of a series of otherwise loosely related ideas and concepts into objects, images, texts and practices of reproduction, which include: shamanic theatre, puppetry, tea utensils, Kyoto town houses, architectural models, genres of painting, calligraphy, and poetry, 'sample' food displays, and the fashion and car industries.

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"This is anexcellent survey detailing Japanese learning and the transmission of, especially, `traditional' knowledge by and for East Asianists in the arts and humanities." - Mitchell W. Sedgwick, Oxford Brookes University, Journal of the Royal Astronomical Institute, Issue 16:3

Original encountersp. 19
Body-to-body transmission: the copying tradition of Kagurap. 21
A spectrum of copies: ritual puppetry in Japanp. 40
Copying in Japanese magazines: unashamed copiersp. 51
Arts of citationp. 69
The originality of the 'copy' mimesis and subversion in Hanegawa Toei's Chosenjin Ukiep. 71
Copy to convert: Jesuits' missionary practice in Japanp. 111
Back to the fundamentals: 'reproducing' Rikyu and Chojiro in Japanese tea culturep. 128
An investigation of the conditions of literary borrowings in late Heian, early Kamakura Japanp. 143
Chinese calligraphic models in Heian Japan: copying practices and stylistic transmissionp. 156
Modern exchangesp. 197
Beyond mimesis: Japanese architectural models at the Vienna Exhibition and 1910 Japan British Exhibitionp. 199
Copying Kyoto: the legitimacy of imitation in Kyoto's townscape debatep. 213
Copying cars: forgotten licensing agreementsp. 239
Hungry visions: the material life of Japanese food samplesp. 257
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ISBN: 9780415307529
ISBN-10: 041530752X
Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 13th September 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1