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Cultural Thought, Expressing the Self, and Image-Building

Tze-Yue G. Hu

in Frames of Anime

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9789622090972
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207721 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090972.003.0004
Cultural Thought, Expressing the Self, and Image-Building

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This chapter investigates and hypothesizes the productive spirit of anime as a whole in relation to the underlying native philosophical inclinations and cultural thought. It examines the country's depth of thinking in relation to its expressive visual self, natural or constructed, and in response to a larger long-running project—dialogue with the industrialized West. First, it discusses the primary aspects of Shintoism. It also analyzes the anti-Confucianist thought of a Tokugawa shintō advocate, Motoori Norinaga, in comparison to a similar trend of thinking that already existed in China and Korea at the time. It also considers the philosophical works of Nishida Kitarō in order to show that anime lies at the heart of an extensive prolonged communication project.

Keywords: anime; visual self; Shintoism; Tokugawa shintō; Motoori Norinaga; Nishida Kitarō

Chapter.  6212 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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