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National Identity And Tea Subjectivities

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The early modern nation was invented and sustained by idealized role models in classical literature that were then appropriated to serve the state interests of formal education. Notions such as the four seasons of Japan and the transience of human life continue to be important elements that aestheticize modern Japanese identity for domestic and international consumption. The pleasures of the life of the tea mind include showing how tea operates as the constructor of mythic selves, both national identity and individual subjectivities. The technology of tea instruction is very effective in ensuring that individual tea practitioners internalize a particular aesthetic system of codification. Having embodied that aspect of their tradition, they are spoken into existence as legitimate members of their tea community. Tea vocabulary includes natural symbols that were part of semiotic artillery which demanded a generation of young Japanese males sacrifice themselves for the sake of national polity.

Keywords: individual subjectivities; Japanese identity; National Identity; semiotic artillery; tea



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