The Failure of Civil Society?: The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan

By Akihiro Ogawa

A examine the voluntary area in Japan, which has emerged strongly purely in fresh years.

The international discourse on civil society is either complex and enriched during this player examine of Japan’s volunteers, often called the 3rd zone. within the wake of the japanese government’s failed reaction to the 1995 earthquake, volunteers took the lead in offering reduction to sufferers. This fresh sea switch in jap society was once speedy via the 1998 NPO legislation (nonprofit association legislation) that encourages 3rd zone actions. Drawing on his fieldwork at one of many new NPOs, Akihiro Ogawa explores intimately the social and historic particularities of eastern “civil society” or shimin shakai, revisiting how the concept that is interpreted and practiced via the volunteers themselves. Civil society, Ogawa argues, can most sensible be understood as an energetic, dynamic strategy instead of as a static, summary model.

“…a great addition to the nonetheless scant ethnographic literature on Japan’s civil zone, delivering an in-depth and multi-dimensional examine the methods civil society businesses were reimagined, mobilized and restricted via the japanese kingdom and by means of its electorate … This e-book is mainly worthy to the turning out to be variety of practitioners within the fields of nonprofit administration, voluntary motion and social entrepreneurship.” — Pacific Affairs

“Ogawa’s very good learn is very helpful due to its mixture of ethnographic grounding and analytical achieve … His learn increases very important and uncomfortable questions about Japan’s civil society.” — Japanese Studies

“…Ogawa demanding situations the concept that the 3rd quarter in Japan exists autonomous of the country … [and] offer[s] attention-grabbing insights into the state-civil society relations.” — Social technology Japan Journal

“Ogawa writes an attractive, provocative exam of the improvement of civil society in modern Japan … This ebook might be of curiosity to scholars on non-Western civil society, students of latest Japan and of social entrepreneurship, and learn methodologists.” — CHOICE

“…Ogawa offers a desirable account of latest eastern civil society on the grass roots. His cautious and illuminating ethnography of a lately integrated nonprofit association (NPO) finds vital insights into the altering nature of eastern citizenship and the connection among the nonprofit region and the kingdom in modern Japan … a beneficial addition to the turning out to be literature on civil society in Japan.” — Journal of eastern Studies

“…Ogawa’s booklet presents a deep perception into modern Japan … this can be a magnificent learn that's actually multidisciplinary in its procedure and analysis.” — Voluntas

“Akihiro Ogawa’s ebook is a well timed and tough ethnography of civil society in modern Japan.” — Asian Anthropology

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Parade (Vintage Contemporaries)

In a crowded two-bedroom condominium in Tokyo, 4 eastern twenty-somethings are looking ahead to their lives to start. they've got come from in every single place Japan, bringing with them desires of good fortune and romance, yet existence isn’t precisely going as deliberate. Kotomi waits through the telephone for a boyfriend who by no means calls, Ryosuke is sound asleep together with his most sensible friend’s female friend, and Mirai’s ingesting has turn into a significant challenge. simply Naoki, an aspiring filmmaker and the glue that retains all of them jointly, seems on course. in the meantime, their round the corner buddies are as much as whatever suspicious, and a mysterious attacker is terrorizing the local.

whilst a homeless youngster all of sudden seems to be, his arrival units off a sequence of occasions that might convey to gentle darkish secrets and techniques the tenants of Apt. 401 have saved from one another—and from themselves. Parade—from Shuichi Yoshida (“Japan’s Stieg Larsson” —The Wall highway Journal), the wildly renowned writer of Villain—is a surprising tale of lifestyles within the vast urban.

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Utamaro (Temporis)

If sensuality had a reputation, it'd be unquestionably Utamaro. Delicately underlining the backyard of Pleasures that after constituted Edo, Utamaro, through the richness of his materials, the lengthy necks of swans, the mysterious seems, evoke in a couple of traces the sensual excitement of the Orient.

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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: A Novel (Vintage International)

By Haruki Murakami

During this hyperkinetic and relentlessly artistic novel, Japan’s most well liked (and debatable) fiction author hurtles into the realization of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the tip of the realm draws readers right into a narrative particle accelerator during which a split-brained info processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and numerous thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to excellent influence. What emerges is concurrently cooler than 0 and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously humorous and deeply severe meditation at the nature and makes use of of the brain.

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The Flower Mat (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)

First released as Hanamushiro in 1948, the environment for The Flower Mat is eighteenth-century Japan, a time whilst familes have been sure jointly by means of a inflexible code of honor and person lives have been of necessity valued some distance lower than the pursuits of the group.

It tells of a tender bride, Ichi, born into any such culture, groomed within the virtues of excellent womanhood, and eventually tempered through tragedy. Her lifestyles and destiny are certain up inexorably with the fortunes of her in-laws, high-ranking officers. She quickly turns into acutely aware that anything is dreadfully mistaken, that anything is threatening her domestic and her peaceable lifestyle. Uneasy and anxious, she attempts to place clues jointly, yet her questions pass unanswered. Political intrigue and unexpected tragedy strength her right into a new and strange world.

We stick to Ichi as she grows from passive observer—a spouse suppressing her personal passions—to energetic agent—a girl who will possibility whatever for justice. suffering for fact and justice, Ichi unearths her basically guns are her personal power and the stunning mats, adorned with soft flora, that she designs.

Readers all over will locate this a great account of non-public improvement and accountability within the lifetime of one jap woman.

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Hokusai (Mega Square)

Through his dependent brush work and masterful woodblocks, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) turned one in every of Japan’s such a lot internationally-renowned artists. A grasp of ukiyo-eart, he singlehandedly reworked the artwork shape from an easy kind involved in courtesans and recognized actors right into a grander variety depicting the wonderful thing about nature noticeable via landscapes and natural world. His variety of artwork and his matters advanced as repeatedly as he replaced his identify, yet Hokusai’s expertise as an artist remained consistent and his influential position in later artwork routine corresponding to paintings Nouveau and Impressionism continues to be eternal.

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Traditional Folk Song in Modern Japan: Sources, Sentiment, and Society

By David W. Hughes

The learn strikes from culture to modernity, explores a variety of subject matters akin to: music lifestyles within the conventional village; rural city tensions; neighborhood min'yo renovation societies; the consequences of nationwide and native min'yo contests; the hot people track phenomenon; min'yo and tourism; folks track bars; recruitment of execs; min'yo's interplay with enka renowned songs and with Western-derived foku songu; the effect of mass mediation; and, min'yo's function in retaining or developing neighborhood id. The booklet features a plate part, musical examples, and a compact disc.

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Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!: The Incredible World of Japanese Fantasy Films

By Stuart Galbraith IV, Yukari Fujii, Atsushi Sakahara

The writer of "The eastern Filmography" provides the definitive, generally illustrated examine of eastern technological know-how fiction videos. With the "Godzilla" videos (1954-1995) on the middle of all of it, Galbraith has assembled a digital "Who's Who" of filmography and interviews of the foremost gamers during this emerging cult global of the fire-breathing lizard. 156 images. 32 illustrations specified print advertisements.

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Nakagami, Japan: Buraku and the Writing of Ethnicity

By Anne McKnight

How do you write your self right into a literature that doesn’t be aware of you exist? This used to be the conundrum faced by means of Nakagami Kenji (1946–1992), who counted himself one of the buraku-min, Japan’s biggest minority. His resolution introduced the histories and rhetorical traditions of buraku writing into the excessive tradition of eastern literature for the 1st time and helped determine him because the so much canonical author born in postwar Japan.
In Nakagami, Japan, Anne McKnight indicates how the writer’s exploration of buraku ended in a different mixture of fiction and ethnography—which amounted to not anything lower than a reimagining of contemporary jap literature. McKnight develops a parallax view of Nakagami’s fulfillment, permitting us to work out him a lot as he observed himself, as a author whose accomplishments traversed either buraku literary arts and excessive literary tradition in Japan.
As she considers the ways that Nakagami and different twentieth-century writers used ethnography to form jap literature, McKnight unearths how principles approximately language additionally imagined a transfigured relation to mainstream tradition and politics. Her research of the ensuing “rhetorical activism” lays naked Nakagami’s certain mixing of literature and ethnography in the context of twentieth-century principles approximately race, ethnicity, and citizenship—in Japan, but additionally on a global scale.

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