Some Prefer Nettles

1030 WordsNov 30, 20055 Pages
Most Japanese traditions involve every aspect of Japanese life. These traditions have also evolved over a period of thousands of years. One common tradition that may seem very visible to outsiders is the traditional Japanese dress of the kimono. A kimono is a woven cotton undergarment. This dress was the basic dress for the Japanese until more recently where it is customary to wear the kimono just for important celebrations. These celebrations make up the many traditions within Japanese culture that aren't as visible as the kimono. It is within this part of the paper, we would like to look at the many traditions, identities and modernities in Japan and in the book, Some Prefer Nettles by Junichoro Tanizaki. Among peers, art is often…show more content…
Meiji made social reforms to help appease the people and advance their society. The constitution ended legal distinctions between classes, thus freeing people to build the nation. The government set up new schools and universities and hired westerners to teach the new generation modern technology. The reform of the Japanese family system became the topic of major debate in the 1870's Reformers wanted women to become full partners in the process of nation building and to learn skills that would allow them to live on their own. While the government agreed to some increases in education for women, it dealt harshly with other attempts at change. During Meiji Rule Japan modernized with great speed, this meant that the Meiji Restoration was a huge success. Over the years the economy would flourish under the rule of the Tokugawa. And this had given the Japanese experience in learning from foreigners, which they would use with the Chinese. In conclusion the Japanese would flourish under the Meiji rule but by the late 1890's they would be at competition building an empire of their own. Throughout its history, Japan has striven to define its national identity not by its own means, but by those predefined by foreign, and most recently, Western powers. Despite legends of the island archipelago being created by the sun goddess Amaterasu, Japan seems to
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