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Overcoming "Hinomaru-like" Views on Japan: An Introduction to a Study of Suzuki Bokushi and Country Literati in the Late Edo Period

Moriyama, T. (2000) Overcoming "Hinomaru-like" Views on Japan: An Introduction to a Study of Suzuki Bokushi and Country Literati in the Late Edo Period. In: Mackie, V., Skoutarides, A. and Tokita, A., (eds.) Papers of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia: Japanese studies: Communities, cultures, critiques. Volume three: Coloniality, postcoloniality and modernity in Japan. Monash Asia Institute, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, pp. 25-40.

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Abstract

The hinomaru flag can be an informative metaphor of views on Japan in historical studies as well as sociology or other disciplines. In the first instance, it .seems a. highly apt metaphor to represent conventional and persistent views:1 namely, Japan is likely to be an 'insular', 'single-centred', 'homogeneous' and 'mono-social' as in 'monolingual', 'monolithic', 'monotonous', 'monoracial' and 'monocultural'. Hinomaru symbolising the sun may imply 'uniqueness', 'eternity', 'unity', 'perfection' and 'self-sufficiency'.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Monash Asia Institute
Copyright: The Author
Publishers Website: http://future.arts.monash.edu/
Notes: Japanese Studies Association of Australia Papers of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia: Japanese studies: Communities, cultures, critiques. Volume three
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/24098
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