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Publikationsdetails:

Koma, Kyo­ko (edi­tor) & Barns­kie­ne, Sigita/ Fuji­ta, Keiki/ Gelu­nas, Arunas/ Hono­ré, Jean-Paul/ Ono­ha­ra, Noriko/ Sprot­te, Maik Hen­drik (co-editors) (2008): The Image of Japan in Euro­pe. Kau­nas: Vytau­tas Magnus Uni­ver­si­ty,
ISBN 978‑9955-12–347-7.

Thanks to the sub­ven­ti­on of Toshi­ba Inter­na­tio­nal Foun­da­ti­on, we have orga­ni­zed the sym­po­si­um “Image of Japan in Euro­pe” as a space for dis­cus­sion about the con­struc­tion of Japan’s image with the rese­ar­chers from dif­fe­rent coun­tries. On the 13th of Octo­ber 2007, rese­ar­chers were invi­ted to sha­re their know­ledge at Vytau­tas Magnus Uni­ver­si­ty Japa­ne­se Stu­dies Cent­re, esta­blished in 2000. It is situa­ted in the buil­ding of the for­mer Japa­ne­se con­su­la­te, whe­re the famous Japa­ne­se diplo­mat Chi­u­ne Sugiha­ra worked during the World War II and saved lives of thousands of Jewish peop­le by issuing them tran­sit visas to Japan.

The main aim of the sym­po­si­um was to exchan­ge aca­de­mic know­ledge and expe­ri­ence regar­ding Japan’s rep­re­sen­ta­ti­on in dif­fe­rent Euro­pean coun­tries, to detect and fill in pos­si­ble gaps in Japan’s image crea­ti­on that hin­der suc­cess­ful inter­cul­tu­ral com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on bet­ween Japa­ne­se and Euro­pean peop­le. We are very satis­fied that the pre­sen­ta­ti­ons during the sym­po­si­um could cover various aspects of Japan’s rep­re­sen­ta­ti­on in Euro­pean coun­tries. As a result, we expect that the out­co­mes of this sym­po­si­um will help to find means to impro­ve the rep­re­sen­ta­ti­on of Japan and its cul­tu­re not only in Lit­hua­nia, but also in other Euro­pean coun­tries. In order to achie­ve this aim, we have invi­ted rese­ar­chers from dif­fe­rent regi­ons of Euro­pe.

We have published the mate­ri­al of the sym­po­si­um to make it avail­ab­le for the insti­tu­ti­ons con­duc­ting Japan-related rese­arch, as well as Jap­an­re­la­ted public insti­tu­ti­ons on the inter­na­tio­nal level. Moreo­ver, we aim at crea­ting a net­work of rese­ar­chers who work on the same topic and thus to make a con­tri­bu­ti­on to the inter­cul­tu­ral rese­arch bet­ween Euro­pe and Japan.“

Arvy­das Ališaus­kas, Head of VMU Japa­ne­se Stu­dies Cent­re

zum Inhalt / con­tents:

HISTORICAL FORMATION OF JAPAN’S IMAGE IN EUROPE:

  • BÜTTNER, Tho­mas: Japa­ne­se War­ti­me Eli­tes Through Ger­man Eyes.
  • SPROTTE, Maik Hen­drik: Bet­ween Admi­ra­ti­on and Fear – the Con­struc­tion of Japa­ne­se Other­ness in the Ger­man Empi­re (1871–1918).
  • BLOMBERG, Catha­ri­na: Isles of Gold or Poli­ce Sta­te – the Wes­tern View of Japan from Mar­co Polo to the Pre­sent.

JAPANESE IMAGE THROUGH BRANDING AND ART:

  • ZYKAS, Aure­li­jus: Coun­try Bran­ding Stra­te­gies in Japan: The Strength and Trends of Brand Japan.
  • GRENDAITE-VOSYLIENE, Gre­ta: Cor­po­rea­li­ty and Con­tem­pora­ry Japa­ne­se Art as Pre­sen­ted in Euro­pe.

JAPANESE IMAGE CREATION AND GENDER:

  • IWATAKE Mika­ko: Dif­fe­ren­cing Body, Per­for­ming Race; Nori­ko Show in Fin­land.
  • MACHIDA Juni­chi: From the Mar­gins of Euro­pe: Com­plex Images of Japan in Mal­ta and the Wave of Glo­ba­li­za­ti­on.

JAPANESE IMAGE CONSTRUCTION IN MASS MEDIA:

  • KOMA Kyo­ko: Image of Japa­ne­se Women in Lit­hua­ni­an News­pa­pers in 1995, 2000, 2005.
  • BARANCOVAITE, Kris­ti­na: Con­struc­tion of ‚Japa­ne­se Woman‘s‘ Image in Lit­hua­ni­an Women’s Maga­zi­nes.
  • HONORÉ, Jean-Paul: The 147 Ota­kus. A Japa­ne­se Sto­ry. Ste­reo­ty­pe, Infor­ma­ti­on, and Fab­le in the Con­tem­pora­ry French Media.
  • IKEDA Yoshi­ko: Image of Japa­ne­se Men in Ame­ri­can Films from WW2 to the Pre­sent.

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • ITO Yu: Expor­ted Japan: on Japan’s Popu­lar Cul­tu­re Poli­cy.
  • ONOHARA Nori­ko: Whom do You Dress up for? Gothic Loli­ta Fashion in Japan.
  • HATADA Koi­chi: Regis­te­red Tan­gi­ble Cul­tu­ral Pro­per­ties of Japan and their Uti­li­za­ti­on for Cul­tu­ral Activi­ties: The Case of Hata­da Fami­ly Hou­se.

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