In this scintillating book, Ian Buruma peels away the myths that surround Japanese culture. With piercing analysis of cinema, theatre, television, art and legend, he shows the Japanese both 'as they imagine themselves to be, and as they would like themselves to be.' A Japanese Mirror examines samurai and gangsters, transvestites and goddesses to paint an eloquent picture of life in Japan. This is a country long shrouded in enigma and in his compelling book, Buruma reveals a culture rich in with poetry, beauty and wonder.Sexual taboos are broken in most religions too, usually by some form of crossdressing. Much of this ... One has no relationship with an actress playing a part, or a character in a comicbook, so why ever should one feel any compassion for them? If there were ... Hence in the West a cartoon in a national newspaper of a woman tied up in ropes would be considered by many to be morally offensive. In Japananbsp;...
|Title||:||A Japanese Mirror|
|Publisher||:||Atlantic Books Ltd - 2015-08-06|