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Japan on Display
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Japan on Display

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Japan on Display by Morris Low

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Sixty years on from the end of the Pacific War, Japan on Display examines representations of the Meiji emperor, Mutsuhito (1852-1912) and his grandson the Showa emperor, Hirohito who was regarded as a symbol of the nation, in both war and peacetime. Much of this representation was aided by the phenomenon of photography. The introduction and development of photography in the nineteenth century coincided with the need to make Hirohito's grandfather, the young Meiji Emperor, more visible. Photo books and albums became a popular format for presenting seemingly objective images of the monarch, reminding the Japanese of their proximity to the Emperor, and the imperial family. In the twentieth century, these 'national albums' provided a visual record of wars fought in the name of the Emperor, while also documenting the reconstruction of Tokyo, scientific expeditions, and imperial tours. Drawing on archival documents, photographs, and sources in both Japanese and English, this book throws new light on the history of twentieth-century Japan and the central role of Hirohito. With Japan's defeat in the Pacific War, the Emperor was transformed from wartime leader to peace-loving scientist. Japan on Display seeks to understand this reinvention of a more 'human' Emperor and the role that photography played in the process.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415371483
ISBN-10: 0415371481
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Morris Low

Japan on Display by Morris Low Japan on Display, Paperback (November 2012)

This work explores the role of science and photography in representations of Japan and Emperor Hirohito, covering a period of over 100 years from the Meiji period through to the Emperor's death in 1989.

Science and the Building of a New Japan by Morris Low Science and the Building of a New Japan, Hardback (August 2005)

This book highlights the importance of individuals in the shaping of postwar Japan by providing an historical account of how physicists constituted an influential elite. An history of science perspective provides insight into their role, helping us to understand the hybrid identity of Japanese scientists. Low from University of Qld.

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Author Biography - Morris Low

Morris Low is professor of East Asian sciences and technology at Johns Hopkins University. His previous publications include Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan (1999); Science, Technology and R&D in Japan (2001); Asian Masculinities (2003); Building a Modern Japan (2005); and Science and the Building of a New Japan (2005).

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