By Rebecca Otowa
At domestic in Japan tells the genuine tale of a international girl who has been, for 30 years, the housewife, custodian and chatelaine of a 350-year-old farmhouse in rural Japan. This outstanding publication lines a round direction, from the elemental actual information of existence in the home and village, via relationships with kin, pals and the common and supernatural entities with whom the kin stocks the home. Rebecca Otowa then makes a speciality of her internal lifestyles, bearing on the various pivotal stories of her time in Japan, the teachings in belief that Japan has taught her and, eventually, the ways that she has been replaced through dwelling in Japan.
An insightful and compelling learn, At domestic in Japan is a fantastically written and illustrated memory of an easy lifestyles made awesome.
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In what follows, I shall illustrate what I mean by Legitimizing, Resistance and Project Cosmopolitanism using Japanese examples set within this particular historical context. The Legitimizing Cosmopolitan Outlook is most typically observed amongst the Japanese social elites who were the driving force of postwar national re-building and its accompanying rapid economic development. Its presence is, however, not limited to this generation or class. Today, this type of cosmopolitan outlook has been popularized and is widespread across all strata of Japanese society.
I will argue against this common assumption. Although the defeat and the Occupation did, indeed, inscribe an indelible mark on the Japanese psyche, I argue that the industrial structures and the mentality of the people in the post-war Japanese filmmaking community exhibited a strong sense of continuity from those of the pre-war period. What was radically different for Japan as a result of the Occupation and consequent developments was that the country was inserted into the new symbolic order that was emerging in the context of the cold war: now, Japan was part of the free and democratic “West”.
Additionally, despite their apparent zeal for Western technology and European high culture, Japanese Legitimizing Cosmopolitans have suffered a deepseated anxiety about the loss of Japaneseness, and, historically, an unshakable inferiority complex towards the West. A positive side of Legitimizing Cosmopolitanism is exemplified by those who espouse and legitimize the ideals of Japanese post-war democracy. Examples are the political thinker Maruyama Masao (1914– 1996) or the Nobel Prize-winning author Oe Kenzaburo (b.