Things Seen and Unseen

Things Seen and Unseen

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This long-awaited work explores the place of kokugaku (rendered here as qnativismq) during Japan's Tokugawa period. Kokugaku, the sense of a distinct and sacred Japanese identity, appeared in the eighteenth century in reaction to the pervasive influence of Chinese culture on Japan. Against this influence, nativists sought a Japanese sense of difference grounded in folk tradition, agricultural values, and ancient Japanese religion. H. D. Harootunian treats nativism as a discourse and shows how it functioned ideologically in Tokugawa Japan.... among the living (ko no umareru koto wa makoto ni musubi no okami migokoro ni shite sunawachi kamiakitsu no miukemono nareba; ibid. ... aquot;Since this [shrine] became the august tablet of the creation deities, childless women were obliged to make offerings to it. ... aquot;From the beginnings of the two support omikami, Izanagi no mikoto and Izanami no mikoto, down to the birds and beasts who receive noanbsp;...

Title:Things Seen and Unseen
Author:Harry D. Harootunian
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1988-03-15


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