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Tokyo, City of … Temples?

Heine Steven

in Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Religious Sites in Two Tokyo Neighborhoods

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195386202
eISBN:
9780199918362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386202.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The chapter begins by asking why Tokyo has been selected for this study, since other locations in Japan are far more renowned for their sacred sites. Is Tokyo a city of temples? By looking at the two ... More


Asakusa Eroticism

Miriam Silverberg

in Erotic Grotesque Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520222731
eISBN:
9780520924628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222731.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

The modern play space of Asakusa, which housed Sensoji Temple, had indeed been the site of amusement and worship since the early modern era of Japanese history. A central element in the culture of ... More


Down-and-Out Grotesquerie

Miriam Silverberg

in Erotic Grotesque Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520222731
eISBN:
9780520924628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222731.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

Asakusa grotesquerie must be defined by the tensions embodied in the coexistence of dire poverty with leisure, of resistance with surveillance, of unprecedented (capitalist and anticapitalist) ... More


The Slum Setting: Moving In and Settling Down

James L. Huffman

in Down and Out in Late Meiji Japan

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780824872915
eISBN:
9780824877866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824872915.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

After a description of a “ typical” hinmin day in Tokyo, the chapter examines the forces that caused Japan’s cities to mushroom and slums to explode numerically after the 1880s, in particular the ... More


The Sun Also Shone: Embracing Life

James L. Huffman

in Down and Out in Late Meiji Japan

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780824872915
eISBN:
9780824877866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824872915.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

The brighter aspects of hinmin life are examined here, with poor people seen as agents who embraced challenges and sought to enjoy life. At work, many found meaning in what they did, even as they ... More


Admonishment: Interpreting Catastrophe as Divine Punishment

J. Charles Schencking

in The Great Kant? Earthquake and the Chimera of National Reconstruction in Japan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231162180
eISBN:
9780231535069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231162180.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter analyzes how the Japanese elite interpreted the Great Kantō Earthquake as an act of divine warning and punishment due to increased frivolity, decadence, and hedonism in Tokyo, ... More


Kafū: Censored, Dead or Alive (1948–1950, 1973–1980)

Kirsten Cather

in The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835873
eISBN:
9780824871604
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835873.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter provides the account of Nagai Kafū, an author known equally well for his immaculate high style as for the rather “maculate contents” of his fiction, as well as for dabbling with the ... More


Geodesy, Cartography, and Time Measurement

Yulia Frumer

in Making Time: Astronomical Time Measurement in Tokugawa Japan

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226516448
eISBN:
9780226524719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226524719.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Focusing on the mapping project undertaken by Inō Tadataka at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Chapter 4 shows how new approaches to thinking about the measurement of time were translated ... More


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