By Jennifer Robertson

This publication is an exceptional selection of 29 unique essays via the various world’s so much unusual students of Japan. Covers a large variety of matters, together with the colonial roots of anthropology within the eastern academy; eugenics and kingdom construction; majority and minority cultures; genders and sexualities; and style and meals cultures Resists stale and deceptive stereotypes, by means of proposing new views on jap tradition and society Makes jap society available to readers strange with the rustic

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Today, the majority of (professional) non-Japanese ethnographers of Japan are fluent in Japanese and have spent a number of years living and working in that country. However, to avoid creating a paint-by-numbers portrait of Japan – even if the paints and outline are of Japanese manufacture – we need to pay attention to and address and redress, as opposed to simply conform to, current issues and developments in anthropology, the discipline, and to thicken, layer, texture, and complicate our representations of Japan and Japanese peoples (Robertson 1998:316).

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