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Evanescence and Form

An Introduction to Japanese Culture

  • Authors
  • Charles Shirō Inouye

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 225-260

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the Japanese notion of hakanasa - the evanescence of all things. Responses to this idea have been various and even contradictory: asceticism, fatalism, conformism, hedonism, materialism, and careerism. This book examines the ties between an epistemology of constant change and Japan's formal emphasis on etiquette and visuality.

Keywords

culture identity nature

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