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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which brings together essays that address contemporary performance and culture in a range of Japanese cultural spheres. The book provides discourse on Japanese culture with recent case-studies of a selected number of diverse performance events. It addresses performances thus, providing original research of traditional arts in modern Japan, while at the same time including essays that adopt an approach aims to interpret contemporary Japanese practices through the mode of social and cultural performance. Performance in contemporary culture embraces diverse cultural moments. There are, for instance, performance modes operating distinctly within contemporary media and other forms of popular culture; transformations of traditional culture that place past genres in contemporary contexts; as well as various manifestations of space and place acting as vehicles for expressing individualism, regionalism, nationalism and internationalism. The chapter presents an overview of how other chapters in the book are organized.

Keywords: cultural performance; Japanese cultural spheres; social performance; traditional culture



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