A Japanese Mirror
Heroes and Villains of Japanese Culture
written by Ian Buruma
Atlantic | ISBN 9781843549628
Paperback – 256 pages
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Examining the popular heroes of Japanese films, comics, theatre and television, The Japanese Mirror looks at the dual status of women as both goddesses and she-devils, artificiality and transvestism, the role of the samurai and the gangster, and the modern father-figure as an object of ridicule. Both panoramic and intimate, A Japanese Mirror is a rich and surprising exploration of national identity.