Showa Japan The Post-War Golden Age and Its Troubled Legacy

ISBN-10: 4805310022
ISBN-13: 9784805310021
Edition: 2008
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Description: Japan's Showa era began in 1926 when Emperor Hirohito took the throne and ended on his death in 1989. The formative age of modern Japan, it was undoubtedly the most momentous, calamitous, successful and glamorous period in Japan's recent history.  More...

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Japan's Showa era began in 1926 when Emperor Hirohito took the throne and ended on his death in 1989. The formative age of modern Japan, it was undoubtedly the most momentous, calamitous, successful and glamorous period in Japan's recent history. Today, Showa is a beacon for nostalgia that is memorialized yearly in a national holiday. An era of growth and prosperity, it saw Japan go from an isolated, embattled nation to a peaceful country holding the exalted position of the world's second largest economy. Showa Japan is a clear-sighted exploration of the Showa era as it really was-not only a time of wondrous change, security and growth, but also a time of wild spending and excesses in every field that would eventually come crashing to a halt with the bursting of Japan's bubble economy. From the highs of Showa-era extravagance to the lows of the lean years that followed, author Hans Brinckmann, a long-time resident of Japan, examines the impact of the Showa era and its aftermath on every aspect of Japanese society.

Preface: Japan-A Case Apart
A Showa Perspective
Japan's Golden Age
The Real Significance of the Showa Celebrations
Picture Postcard Showa
Urban Vistas, Urban Life
A Showa Phenomenon: the "Salaryman"
Of Brawn and Drudgery: Japan's Manual Workers
Authority Challenged
The Foreign Element
Religions and Traditions
Arts, Crafts, Culture, and Fashion
The Breathless Eighties: From Boom to Bust
Investing the Bubble way
Bubble Excesses
Sex and the Japanese City
The Emergence of Subcultures
The Advent of Mass Travel
The Rise of Culinary Chic
The Bubble Bursts
The Magellan Decade: A Post-Bubble X-Ray
The Morning After
Individualism-Ah, You Mean Selfishness?
The Myth of the Lost Decade
A Question of Identity
Personal Priorities in Life
The Slow Escape from Insularity
Overcoming Showa
New Challenges, Old Medicine
The State of the Nation
What Has Changed
What Hasn't Changed
On Forming Ideas and Opinions
Hidden Agonies
The Patriotism Trap
A Free (or Shackled?) Press
Education for the Future
Japan's Unfinished Business
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Glossary
Index

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