Astronomy in Japan: A Cultural History

  • Steven L. Renshaw
  • Saori Ihara
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4425-0_8975

Japan's astronomical heritage, like so much of the culture's history, is one of enigma. Navigationally remote in ancient times and perhaps somewhat still socially remote amidst modern urbanization, it is easy for native and foreigner alike to perceive that there must be something unique and mysterious about what is “Japanese.” Yet, this island country is a mixture of eastern and western imports, and the social, political, and pragmatic processes related to such importation have origins dating back at least two millennia. One who actually visits the country may be somewhat overwhelmed by a large number of temples, shrines, and other architectural landmarks, some dating back many centuries, all reflecting an interaction of native socio‐cultural systems with those derived from the Asian continent. The visitor may also be somewhat disappointed to find much of the nation's heritage engulfed by high‐rise buildings and accompanying elements of industrialization, a factor which is also very...

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