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Mirrored Worlds: The Story of Japan's Cultural Dialogue with the West

Mirrored Worlds: The Story of Japan's Cultural Dialogue with the West
Andrew Cobbing

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In recent years Japanese culture has become increasingly prevalent in the West, with Japanese products, designs and motifs becoming commonplace in everyday life. For every Starbucks in Japan there is now a Muji store in Europe and North America. 'Mirrored Worlds' explores the remarkable history of the cultural interaction between Japan and the West from the late medieval era to the present day. Each chapter takes the reader through a series of journeys in cultural memory, encountering figures from Oscar Wilde and Madame Butterfly to Godzilla and Kurosawa. Andrew Cobbing shows that the cultural exchange between Japan and the West is of great importance in understanding modern Japan and its place in a rapidly-changing world. He provides a colourful history of a country that is playing an increasingly important global role and shows that beneath the contemporary layers of cultural exchange lie several hundred years of interaction which have irreversably shaped the way that Japanese and Western people view themselves.

Author Info

Andrew Cobbing is Associate Professor of History at the University of Nottingham. He has written several books and articles in both Japanese and English on Japanese history and Sino-British relations. He has a PhD in Japanese history from SOAS and lived and worked in Japan for several years.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848854017
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2020
Number of Pages: 296
Height: 234
Width: 156

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