Japanese Culture And Japanese Traditions

1460 WordsOct 30, 20156 Pages
The author of Naomi, Tanizaki Junichirō, was indeed captivated with western culture. The purpose of the novel, however, was not to glorify western culture but too instead warn Japan about blindly becoming obsessed with western culture and views. It is a warning to Japan to not abandon its tradition in favor of a culture that it does not even fully comprehend. Through analysis of the novel’s main characters, Naomi and Jōji, craft an essay that explains Tanizaki’s judgments on the Japan of that era, and its relationship to Western culture and Japanese traditions. Naomi and Jōji do not fully understand western culture and instead just try to adopt anything they view as western such as clothing, dancing, language, and even housing. This is a warning from Tanizaki showing how people can fully try to adopt a culture they are so enamored with despite not even completely understanding that culture. Tanizaki tries to argue the stereotype of the times. Japan is viewed as ancient and backwards, while western culture is groundbreaking and revolutionary. These foolish sentiments that are shared by both Jōji and Naomi fuel much of the novel. Naomi does whatever she can to become western and Jōji indulges her in this to mold her into his perfect westernized wife. Instead when Naomi becomes westernized, at least in their eyes, Jōji has no control over her whatsoever. In addition to the relationship of Naomi and Jōji being shown by Tanizaki as a warning of foolishly accepting everything

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