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Japanese Harmony As Nationalism: Grand Master Tea For War And Peace

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This chapter outlines the 1937 proposal of an official belief in Japaneseness as a divine entity characterized by a sacred martial spirit. It takes this domestic tension between conflicting sets of idealized values and examines propaganda aimed at deceiving foreign governments. Tea is one element of the state-sponsored campaign to use international tourism to systematically negate worldwide criticism of December 1937 atrocities committed by Japanese in Nanjing. The chapter surveys the role of tea in times of war and peace. Several subsections document how the three hundred and fiftieth commemoration of the death of Sen no Rikyū functioned as state nationalism. It also addresses about the post-war role of tea in re-introducing the mythology of Japan as the land of harmony. The martial spirit is an integral part of this Japanese harmony, and the sovereign and his subjects are united in one defined truth.

Keywords: Japanese harmony; Nanjing; sacred martial spirit; Sen no Rikyū; state nationalism; tea



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