With more than 700 alphabetically arranged entries, The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture offers extensive coverage of Japanese culture spanning from the end of the Japanese Imperialist period in 1945, right up to the present day. Entries range from shorter definitions, histories or biographies to longer overview essays giving an in-depth treatment of major issues. Culture is defined in its broadest sense to allow for coverage of the diversity of practice and production in a country as vibrant and rapidly changing as Japan.
Including a new preface by the editor to bring the book fully up-to-date with cultural developments since 2001, this Encyclopedia will be an invaluable reference tool for students of Japanese and Asian Studies, as well as providing a fascinating insight into Japanese culture for the general reader.
'This is not only an indispensable reference tool for students of Japanese and Asian Studies, but is also good for general readers who are interested in Japanese Culture.' – International House of Japan Bulletin
'A most welcome contribution… [It] is eminently readable for undergraduate and public library readers, and is an ideal reference tool… One of the year's best reference works and should be widely purchased and enjoyed.' – American Reference Books Annual
'A delight to browse…A solid choice for academic libraries supporting Asian studies…' – Library Journal
About the author
Sandra Buckley was formally Director of the Center of Arts and Humanities at the University of Albany.