The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture (Encyclopedias of Contemporary Culture)

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With more than 700 alphabetically arranged entries, The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture offers extensive coverage of Japanese culture spanning from the end of the Japanese Imperialist period in 1945, right up to the present day. Entries range from shorter definitions, histories or biographies to longer overview essays giving an in-depth treatment of major issues. Culture is defined in its broadest sense to allow for coverage of the diversity of practice and production in a country as vibrant and rapidly changing as Japan.

Including a new preface by the editor to bring the book fully up-to-date with cultural developments since 2001, this Encyclopedia will be an invaluable reference tool for students of Japanese and Asian Studies, as well as providing a fascinating insight into Japanese culture for the general reader.

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Sandra Buckley was formally Director of the Center of Arts and Humanities at the University of Albany.

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A fascinating culture balancing traditional and modern elements, a history of intense American-Japanese relations dating back to Commodore Perry, and, despite a downturn well into its second decade, being one of the world's top economic powers are more than enough reasons to welcome an encyclopedia of contemporary Japanese culture. Editor Buckley, who has written several hundred of the more than 750 signed articles, has combined with Routledge, a leading publisher of studies on contemporary Japan, to produce a valuable addition to library reference collections.

More than 100 contributors, largely affiliated with American, Japanese, Australian, and Canadian universities, provide entries on topics ranging from important personalities, cities and districts, organizations, and industries to Arranged marriages, Baseball, Dialects, Foreign food, Installation art, Manga (comic books), Mobile telephones, Peace and anti-nuclear movements, Sex tourism, Textbook controversies, and Zen. Some of the more surprising entries for Westerners only marginally familiar with Japan include Bedridden patients, Beer, Brazilian Japanese, Christmas, Coffee, Pickles, and Whiskey.

Articles range in length from a paragraph to several pages, and each is followed by a list for further reading. There are see also references at the end of many articles, cross-references between articles, and boldfaced words within articles to indicate topics with main entries. Articles cover the period from 1945 through the end of the century, adding historical perspective where necessary. Romaji (romanized transliteration of Japanese) is used throughout, and Japanese names are given in Japanese order (i.e., family name first). The complete absence of illustrations may deter browsers.

Two recommended encyclopedias that take in the whole scope of Japanese history and culture are the profusely illustrated Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan (Cambridge, 1993) and Boye Lafayette De Mente's lightly illustrated Japan Encyclopedia (Passport, 1995). Neither is as up-to-date nor has the depth of post-1945 focus as Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture, which is recommended for larger public and academic libraries. RBB
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