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From Country to Nation: Ethnographic Studies, Kokugaku, and Spirits in Nineteenth-Century Japan

Gideon Fujiwara


This book tracks the emergence of the modern Japanese nation in the nineteenth century through the history of some of its local aspirants. It explores how kokugaku (Japan studies) scholars envisioned their place within Japan and the globe, while living in a castle town and domain far north of the political capital. The book follows the story of Hirao Rosen and fellow scholars in the northeastern domain of Tsugaru. On discovering a newly “opened” Japan facing the dominant Western powers and a defeated Qing China, Rosen and other Tsugaru intellectuals embraced kokugaku to secure a place for thei ... More

Keywords: modern Japan, kokugaku scholars, Tsugaru, Imperial Japan, Meiji Restoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501753930
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501753930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gideon Fujiwara, author
University of Lethbridge