By Marilyn Ivy

ISBN-10: 0226388344

ISBN-13: 9780226388342

Publish 12 months note: initially released in 1995
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Japan this day is haunted via the ghosts its wonderful modernity has generated. Deep anxieties concerning the power lack of nationwide id and continuity disturb many in Japan, regardless of common insistence that it has remained culturally intact. during this provocative conjoining of ethnography, heritage, and cultural feedback, Marilyn Ivy discloses those anxieties—and the makes an attempt to include them—as she tracks what she calls the vanishing: marginalized occasions, websites, and cultural practices suspended at moments of forthcoming disappearance.

Ivy indicates how a fascination with cultural margins observed the emergence of Japan as a contemporary geographical region. This fascination culminated within the early twentieth-century institution of jap folklore reviews and its makes an attempt to list the spectral, occasionally violent, narratives of these margins. She then lines the obsession with the vanishing via various modern reconfigurations: efforts via distant groups to advertise themselves as nostalgic websites of authenticity, storytelling practices as symptoms of premodern presence, mass commute campaigns, recallings of the useless by way of blind mediums, and itinerant, kabuki-inspired populist theater.

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See Gorai Shigeru, "Yukai to junrei," 6-8. 21. Fujioka, Kareinaru, 30. All translations and summaries from the Japanese are mine unless otherwise noted. 38 CHAPTER TWO travel would become one of the prerequisites for a prospective husband. Throughout Fujioka's revelations there is a linkage between travel, the losses of modernity, and young women as marginal points of entry into the market. In his sociology, the youth market is the most profit­ able one for mass advertising. Youth are not completely enclosed by rule-bound working society; they can transgress and traverse societal boundaries that working men cannot.

Throughout Fujioka's revelations there is a linkage between travel, the losses of modernity, and young women as marginal points of entry into the market. In his sociology, the youth market is the most profit­ able one for mass advertising. Youth are not completely enclosed by rule-bound working society; they can transgress and traverse societal boundaries that working men cannot. If youth are therefore freer than adults, how much more so are young women. For women do not have to enter society at all, he asserts.

Frow ranges over the work of many authors who address tourism and its associated practices, from Dean MacCannell to Susan Stewart (whose On Longing includes a treatment of the souvenir and the postcard). " Along the way, I canvass an array of antinomies that arise when Japanese identity and subjects are linked to the theme of the journey and consider how this theme is operationalized through different sectors of the culture industries. The media blitz that most clearly used this obsession with origins in the postwar period was the Discover Japan (Jisukaba Japan) campaign of Japan National Railway.

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