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Holy foolery in the life of Japan : a historical overview

Author: 樋口和憲, 1959- ; Kazunori Higuchi; Waku Miller; LTCB International Library Trust.; Kokusai Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo, Japan)
Publisher: Tokyo : International House of Japan, 2015.
Series: LTCB international library selection, no. 37.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First English editionView all editions and formats
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"On the following pages, we will retrace the origins and evolution of holy foolery in Japan. We will witness its near extinguishment through the process of modernization and globalization. We will see why Japan needs holy foolery more than ever. And we will identify contemporary traces that suggest a basis for optimism about laughter's possible resurgence"--From jacket.
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Genre/Form: Humor
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 樋口和憲, 1959- ; Kazunori Higuchi; Waku Miller; LTCB International Library Trust.; Kokusai Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo, Japan)
ISBN: 9784924971400 4924971405
OCLC Number: 946811264
Notes: At head of title: LTCB International Library Trust/International House of Japan.
"This book originally appeared in Japanese as Warai no Nihon bunka - Oko-no-mono wa doko e kieta no ka? (Tokyo: Tokai Education Research Institute, 2013)"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Description: xxiii, 219 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Origins of Laughter --
The Gods, Laughter, and the Japanese --
Divine Mysteries --
Laughter amid the Evolution of Communities --
Urbanization and Modernization --
Globalization --
Eminent Interpreters of Foolery --
Natural Disasters and Transcendent Laughter
Series Title: LTCB international library selection, no. 37.
Other Titles: Warai no Nihon bunka.
Responsibility: Higuchi Kazunori ; translated by Waku Miller.

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"On the following pages, we will retrace the origins and evolution of holy foolery in Japan. We will witness its near extinguishment through the process of modernization and globalization. We will see why Japan needs holy foolery more than ever. And we will identify contemporary traces that suggest a basis for optimism about laughter's possible resurgence"--From jacket.

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