Asakusa Eroticism

Miriam Silverberg

in Erotic Grotesque Nonsense

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520222731
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924628 | DOI:
Asakusa Eroticism

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The modern play space of Asakusa, which housed Sensoji Temple, had indeed been the site of amusement and worship since the early modern era of Japanese history. A central element in the culture of Asakusa was the inseparability of worship from corporeal pleasures. By the second half of the 1920s, Asakusa was as erotic as it was modern. The eroticism of Asakusa could be defined by sensation, food, motion, and vision. Gonda Yasunosuke's characterization of Asakusa clarifies how the notion of montage is appropriate for understanding the meaning of one very important neighborhood within a national, modern culture.

Keywords: Asakusa culture; Sensoji Temple; corporeal pleasures; worship; eroticism; Gonda Yasunosuke

Chapter.  11673 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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