A History of Popular Culture in Japan: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present (Paperback)

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The phenomenon of 'Cool Japan' is one of the distinctive features of global popular culture of the millennial age. A History of Popular Culture in Japan provides the first historical and analytical overview of popular culture in Japan from its origins in the 17th century to the present day, using it to explore broader themes of conflict, power and meaning in Japanese history.

E. Taylor Atkins shows how Japan was one of the earliest sites for the development of mass-produced, market-oriented cultural products consumed by urban middle and working classes. From traditional monochrome ink painting, court literature and poetry to anime, manga and J-Pop, popular culture was pivotal in the rise of Japanese nationalism, imperialism, militarism and economic development, and to the present day plays a central role in Japanese identity.

With updated historiography throughout, this fully revised second edition features:
- A new chapter on popular culture in the Edo period
- An expanded section on pre-Tokugawa culture
- More discussion on recent pop culture phenomena such as TV game shows, cuteness and J-Pop
- 10 new images
- A new glossary of terms including kanji

This improved edition is a vital resource for students of Japanese cultural history wishing to gain a deeper understanding of Japan's contributions to global cultural heritage.

About the Author

E. Taylor Atkins is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at Northern Illinois University, USA. He is the author of Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan (2001), Primitive Selves: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-1945 (2010), and editor of Jazz Planet (2003).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781350195929
ISBN-10: 1350195928
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: October 6th, 2022
Pages: 408
Language: English