Meiji period

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  • Meiji Japan Analysis

    During the era of Meiji Japan, Japan opened its doors and became influenced by societies like Europe. In Sanshirō: a Novel by Natsume Sōseki, Japan became influenced by Europe’s ideas of individuality and humanism. The people in Meiji Japan believed and accepted to a great extend the European narrative of the Enlightenment of humanism, people being seen as a human who determine their own destiny, individuality, which meant people do what is in their self-interest, people were logical and rational to do things that benefited them, and innovation of new technology and ideas. As Professor Eacott discussed in the lecture on October nineteenth, creation and 6 innovation can be done in other ways more than education. However, the history and narrative…

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  • Gender Roles In Japanese Culture

    With The increased spread of Buddhist and Confucian values “that regulated women to a subordinate position[s]” women saw a sudden stripping of many of their rights (131). Women of this time period were “transformed from people who could have property to people that both were and could have property” as shown through the handling of rape cases where there was more emphasis placed on the “mediation of property transmission and the maintenance of social order, rather than the individual justice for…

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  • The Meiji Restoration In The 1800's

    Introduction Fukoku-Kyōhei, meaning “enrich the country and strengthen the military” quickly became the motto for a reinvigorated Japan stepping onto the global stage commanded by the West, while also acting as the mold for which they would inevitably fit through their rather abrupt transformation: The Meiji Restoration (Christensen 1). What may have ultimately began as an endeavor to modernize, may have also become the trigger for exponential societal change and an undertaking that would…

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  • Japanese Painting Essay

    confusing subject for novices that want to learn more about it. Different painting styles and schools, a variety of media, the deep roots in Zen Buddhism, and the use of specific terms from the Japanese language can make this art form difficult for Westerners to access. One should know that Japanese painting has always been torn between three mainstream movements: Japanese, Chinese, and Western. Like most forms of art, Chinese culture had an influence over early painting. Eventually, Japanese…

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  • Essay On Japanese Militarism

    In the period from the Tokugawa era to the post-WWII era, Japanese society saw a dramatic shift in the prevalence of Japanese militarism and the existence of the traditional Japanese war mentality. Deeply rooted in samurai culture, Japanese militarism served as a foundation for Japanese society throughout the Tokugawa era; the class system gave way to a ‘warrior-elite’ class that dominated the social hierarchy. This pervasive warrior-dominated culture persisted into the Meiji period. Japanese…

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  • The Influence Of Westernization On Japanese Culture

    Japan consists of one of the most culturally rich societies in the world, one of which through history has been greatly affected by the other cultures around it. America has specifically played a huge influence in Japan since the Meiji Period and continues to do so today (Bognar 47f). In fact, “Much of today's Japanese culture is derivative of or responds to American culture” (47). But is America’s influence necessarily a good thing? The westernization, or more specifically the…

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  • Industrialised Western Culture: The Meiji Restoration

    The Meiji Restoration transformed and introduced Japan to an industrialised western culture which influenced Japan’s social structure and values. The Meji restoration brought tremendous social change as millions of people were suddenly able to choose their occupation and move without restriction. By providing a new financially secure environment, the government increased it’s investment in new industries and technologies. As Japan citizens began to live in cities that introduced them to abroad…

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  • Samurai Death In Japan

    They were members of a powerful military caste and servants of great lords known as daimyos ("The Age of the Samurai: 1185-1868"). Until the Meiji Restoration of 1868, during which the Japanese feudal system was abolished and a centralized bureaucratic government rose, the samurai maintained control from the Kamakura to the Tokugawa period ("Samurai Essay"). During the Tokugawa Shogunate, Japan was in a period of peace and prosperity for 250 years and samurai were able to form a traditional code…

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  • Changes During The Japanese Colonial Period

    Within the world history, the colonization of Japan ruling Korea only lasted for 35 years. During the colonial period, Japanese imperialism in Korea had a significant ambivalent impact towards many Koreans. This essay will compare and contrast the differences between the first ten and second ten years of Japanese colonial policy in Korea. This is because Korea experiences dramatically changes in their cultural, political and economic policy under the Japanese rules. The essay will then…

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  • The Elephant Vanishes Symbolism

    The Elephant Vanishes can be seen as a manifestation of modernization and homogenization of Japanese culture through the influence of westernization. Murakami is particularly interested in the way that the characters react towards the changing society. Throughout the collection, he writes about the consequence of westernization by exploring the seriousness of Japan as a vanishing culture. This idea is most profound in the beginning and the end story of the collection The Wind-up Bird and…

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