By Christopher Gerteis
Does Japan actually matter anymore? The demanding situations of modern eastern historical past have led a few pundits and students to publicly wonder if Japan's importance is beginning to wane. The multidisciplinary essays that include Japan for the reason that 1945 demonstrate its ongoing value and relevance. analyzing the historic context to the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of Japan's postwar improvement, the members re-engage past discourses and introduce new veins of study.
Japan seeing that 1945 provides a miles wanted replace to current scholarly paintings at the background of up to date Japan. It strikes past the 'lost decade' and 'terrible devastation' frameworks that experience so far outlined an excessive amount of of the dialogue, delivering a extra nuanced photograph of the nation's postwar development.
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In mid-1949, for example, Plumer traveled to Kyushu to inspect art-related activities in the region. He “noted with regret” that projects to establish prefectural museums in Kagoshima and Miyazaki were on hold, because the relevant buildings were temporarily occupied by a police training academy and a girls’ school, respectively. Few of Plumer’s superiors shared his view that SCAP resources—such as the cost The Art of Bourgeois Culture in Kamakura 15 of sending him to Kyushu—were usefully spent on local arts development, and his other requests were brusquely refused.
They wanted to integrate Japan back into the community of nations in a way that cut across Cold War lines and located Japan in an international field that spanned Europe and Asia. Perhaps most crucially, the men at the Kamakura museum simply rejected the concepts of an injured or thwarted nationalism or the alignment of individual identity to national identity, assumptions that had formed the heart of fascist political culture. Wakimura and Osaragi had known each other before the war but only met Hijikata in 1951, when he was hired as the Assistant Director of the new Kamakura Modern Art Museum.
Shops were at first prohibited from serving coffee to tourists, but after great debate this was allowed. 13 Despite such small concessions, Tsumago has done a remarkably successful job of providing visitors with what is widely regarded as the most authentic version of a Tokugawa-period post station. Shimazaki Tōson’s boyhood home of Magome, the next post station along the Nakasendō toward Kyōto, was mostly burned down in a fire in 1895, and now appears much more touristy, with its modern signs and ice-cream stands.