BEHIND THE MASK. On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters And Other Japanese Cultural Heroes. by Ian. Ian Buruma, Behind the Mask: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters, and Other Japanese Cultural Heroes. Behind the mask: on sexual demons, sacred mothers, transvestites, gangsters, and other Japanese cultural heroes. Front Cover. Ian Buruma. New American.
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An insightful overview of Japanese culture, and pleasing introduction into a new world of literature. To top it all of, Buruma’s erudition and sense of humor makes the book a pleasure to read. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
But the background to the cultural elements he described go back to the emergence of Shintoism, 11th century literary tradition, 18th century visual arts and theatre traditions, as he aims to give some idea of Japanese nationl identity, of ‘Japanesness’ p x Ian Buruma’s preface to the re-issue of this book, first published inpoints out that the popular culture he wrote about in the early s will have changed guruma 30 years later, and will be unfamiliar to many young Japanese.
The final chapter on methods of blowing off steam in a relatively conformist society e. I still don’t know, and this much time put into a book should not make me feel that way accidentally.
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Ian Buruma is a British-Dutch writer and academic, much of whose work focuses on the culture of Asia, particularly that of 20th-century Japan, where he lived and worked for many years. In another sense, this is an extremely unique work, however, in that not only does each chapter stand alone as genuinely insightful film or fiction criticism but together the essays constitute a nearly complete, nuanced and sensitive account of what benind might call a “prototypical” Japanese psyche.
Want to Read saving…. These dated from years after Buruma’s book, but fit perfectly with his thesis.
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His deliberately weird method of romanizing certain Japanese words was probably meant for businessmen and those only tangentially interested in Japan who he figured would otherwise never figure out how to pronouce the words correctly In izn sense, this is an attempt to do something fairly standard: Buruma goes on to examine various dominant cultural traits in Japanese society.
One could not fail to Although certainly dated, I found the general ideas ths be quite illuminating. It has left me determined to read more Buruma and more about contemporary Japan with its passions for both continuity and innovation. Buruma starts off by distinguishing between Japanese progenitors Izanagi and Izanami and Adam and Eve–or “pollution” vs.
Aug 30, Marija S. Ian Buruma’s preface to the re-issue of this book, first published inpoints out that the popular culture he wrote about in the early s will have changed greatly 30 years later, and will be unfamiliar to many young Japanese. In the hermit’s cave where I live I’d never heard of Buruma. It probably took about two chapters for me to completely accept the idea that this book looks at Japanese figures through the lens of important fiction in Japan and once I did I was even more intrigued than when I read the description of the book.
There are enough tidbits in here about things that sound crazy from the perspective of a Westerner, but make sense in the Japanese way of thinking I fully understand why Buruma declined to revise this book, because his life too has moved on and Japan is no longer the primary focus of his interest.
Jacob van Berkel rated it really liked it May 28, A gem of a book I accidentally stumbled upon. Please provide an email address. The fantasies and stories he analyses revolve around sex prostitution, pornography and the pure idealrelationships between men and women, loyalty amongst men and from women for men – it doesn’t work the other wayYakuza tough guys, violence and cruelty. Books by Ian Buruma. Film, theatre, comics, poetry and literary works are the media through which the examines these themes.
Preview — Behind the Mask by Ian Buruma. Buruma explains the linguistic distinction made between tatemae facade and public postureand honne the world of private feelings and opinions which under behhind circumstances remains repressed.
In some cases, these concepts have formal names, like giri, and in others they are less easy to encapsulate, but equally important in understanding why characters behave the way they do.
Down to earth analysis of behinnd of Japanese ‘types’ of people as they appear in the arts or pop culture. Reading this book effectively made me want to experience all of the fiction referenced throughout, and it gave me a perspective I hadn Going into this book, I was expecting a more clear cut historical look at these figures stated in the title in Japan.
Behind the Mask by Ian Buruma
After living in Japan for a couple years I thought this book would be interesting. One of the first books I got into with respect to Japanese sub-culture. There was a problem adding your email address. Oct 14, Cassidy Sanfilippo rated it really liked it. I would have loved to give this book 5 stars, but I think I need a little bit more support for the ideas before diving right into the examples.