Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

7: The Threat of Erasure through Material Embeddedness in ‘The Restaurant of Many Orders’ (Chūmon no Ōi Ryōriten)

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The restaurant of Many Orders' ('Chūmon') is a satire on material desire that ultimately signifies the Buddhist ideal of immateriality. In the 1920s, Japan's decade of modernism, the effects of modernisation had "penetrated deep into the grain of everyday life". Mechanised technologies and commodification had accelerated the representations of mass culture and pervaded even the most privileged domains of academe and the arts. The tale of 'Chūmon' represents a play of paradoxes that has been suggested as "the key to unlocking illusion". This chapter examines four of the most popular contemporary artistic interpretations of the tale. Iino Kazuyoshi's 'Chūmon' forms volume three of the Kumon series of Kenji's tales. It is the third story in the book of the same name (Chūmon no Ōi Ryōriten) and was originally published in 1992. Shimada Mutsuko accentuates the men's sense of confusion or fear at critical moments.

Keywords: Buddhist ideal; Chūmon no Oi Ryoriten; contemporary artistic interpretations; Iino Kazuyoshi; Japan; mechanised technologies; Shimada Mutsuko



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Miyazawa Kenji and His Illustrators — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation