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Visual Images of Japanese Culture in Geography Textbooks in Italy (1912-2014)

Umemura Mugio    Kobe University    

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This paper aims to demonstrate an aspect of images of Japanese culture in contemporary Italy and to this purpose examines with what kinds of visual image of Japan have been drawn in geography textbooks in Italy. In this paper, we focus on geography textbooks mainly for upper secondary education published in Italy (1912-2014), in order that we examine how visual images of Japan and Japanese cultures have historically changed and reproduced in these textbooks. Finally, we confirm the point of view of ‘coexistence/contradiction between tradition and modern’ in Japanese culture, as pointed out in recent Japanese studies, has also appeared and has also been reproduced in these textbooks.

Accepted
May 25, 2017
Submitted
March 7, 2016
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-153-9
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-152-2

Keywords: JapanItalyVisual ImagesGeography Textbooks

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