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This chapter presents some closing remarks. Miyazawa Kenji's rejection of indiscriminate modernisation, capitalism and elitism permeates his work, and the ever-increasing receptivity to his children's tales reflects a desire for the social and ecological ideals upheld in these stories. As evidenced by the continuing publication of the picture books discussed in this book, many of these ideals endure through artistic representation. The book synthesises research on Kenji's literature and Japanese culture with fields such as Japanese art and picture book coding to point to ways in which these illustrations seek to express the tales' metaphysical ideologies. The interrelationship between artistic codes and cultural conventions helps to shape reading attitudes or cultural ideologies through, for instance, the construction of point of view and the interaction between word and picture. The ambiguity found in Kenji's narratives follows a pattern of Japanese reading traditions.

Keywords: children's tales; Japanese art; Japanese culture; Japanese reading traditions; Miyazawa Kenji; picture book coding; tales' metaphysical ideologies



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