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Images In Tinted Mirrors: Japanese-Russian Perceptions In Provincial Japan

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This chapter focuses on images held by ordinary Russians and Japanese and examines first-hand encounters between ordinary people. It reveals the patterns of image formations through a study of mundane interactions between the Russians and the Japanese in contemporary Japan. The chapter examines the mutual perceptions of Russians and Japanese living in provincial Japan. It previews about how Russians and Japanese see each other in real life situations. The view from the provincial Japan reveals that Russians and Japanese are beginning to view each other as geographical neighbours rather than distant peoples with disparate cultures and incompatible interests. The chapter indicates from the perspective of the Japanese residents surveyed, the image of the 'other' (the Russians) improves as the 'other' takes on those attitudinal and behavioural characteristics that are congruent with what the Japanese deem desirable.

Keywords: geographical neighbours; image formations; Japanese Russian perceptions; mundane interactions; provincial Japan



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