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Cultural Nationalism In Contemporary Japan
The debate surrounding the "uniqueness" of Japan is central to the field of Japanese studies. "Cultural Nationalism in Contemporary Japan" examines this debate from a comparative and theoretical perspective, and tests more general theories of ethnicity and cultural nationalism.
Kosaku Yoshino a Japanese scholar with a background in Western approaches to nationalism and Japanese sociology brings these fields together in an original way. Drawing from a wide range of interviews with a wide range of intellectuals, teachers and entrepreneurs to examine theories and assumptions about national identity and cultural nationalism. He explores how ideas of cultural uniqueness known as "nihonjinron" are "produced" and "consumed" in contemporary Japan, and draws the conclusion that the agents of Japanese Japanese cultural nationalism are no longer teachers and intellectuals, but businessmen.
"Cultural Nationalism in Contemporary Japan" also examines the Japanese people's perception of their own uniqueness and explores the ways in which ideas of cultural distinctiveness are formulated in different national and historical contexts. The book integrates anthropological, political, and sociological material, and will appeal both to students and researchers in these areas and to the general reader interested in contemporary Japan.
My Dining Hell
'I have been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing I have learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush.
They claim otherwise, of course. Readers like to present themselves as private arbiters of taste; as people interested in the good stuff. I'm sure they are. I'm sure they really do care whether the steak was served au point as requested or whether the soufflÃ© had achieved a certain ineffable lightness. And yet, when I compare dinner to bodily fluids, the room to an S&M chamber in Neasden (only without the glamour or class), and the bill to an act of grand larceny, why, then the baying crowd is truly happy.'
About the Author
Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster with a fine collection of floral shirts. He has written on everything from crime and politics, through cinema and theatre to the visual arts, but is best known as restaurant critic for the Observer. For a while he was a sex columnist for Cosmopolitan; he also once got himself completely waxed in the name of journalism. He only mentions this because it hurt. Jay is a former Young Journalist of the Year, Critic of the Year and Restaurant Critic of the Year, though not all in the same year. Somehow he has also found time to write four novels and two works of non-fiction. He is a regular on British television, where he is familiar as a judge on Masterchef and the resident food expert on The One Show. He likes pig.