. The Beauty of Violence: Yasuda Yojūrō’s “Japanese Bridges”

Alan Tansman

in The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780520245051
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943490 | DOI:
. The Beauty of Violence: Yasuda Yojūrō’s “Japanese Bridges”

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This chapter focuses on Yasuda Yojūrō's “Japanese Bridges”, an essay about the cultural and literary meanings of Japanese bridges. The essay evokes moments of authenticity or purity—beauty that can be evoked beyond the fractured space of modern life and consciousness. These moments form Yasuda's fascist aesthetic. Though they may feel merely aesthetic, they are rife with political implications and suggest an endorsement of violence. Indeed, from innocent musings on bridges Yasuda arrives in “Japanese Bridges” at a spiritual glorification of the shedding of blood. How he makes this aesthetic and ideological leap—or, to use his metaphor, how he bridges this gap—is the driving question of the chapter.

Keywords: Japanese fascism; fascist aesthetic; Japanese bridges; violence; bloodshed

Chapter.  25309 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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