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Inventing The Nation: Japanese Culture Politicizes Nature

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The fictionalized account of Hakata tea gathering points towards the social pleasures of tea play at a particular moment of seasonal change. This chapter briefs about how the idea of transience that was sustained by tea practices and literary genres became allied with a belief in Japaneseness. It focuses on how early modern interpretations of literature helped shape Japan as the community of unnatural death in the 1940s. It also views about national needs that demanded visual culture function as propaganda, the wartime strengthening of the commitment of citizens by Japanese culture depended on importing genres from Western painting traditions. The chapter examines these literary and visual cultures that the political appropriation of the legacy of Sen no Rikyū from the Meiji period (1868-1912) onwards. This brief survey of early modern tea includes comments on the grand master model of tea transmission.

Keywords: Hakata tea; Japanese culture; Meiji period; Sen no Rikyū; visual culture; Western painting traditions



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