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Japan at Nature's EdgeThe Environmental Context of a Global Power$
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Ian Jared Miller, Julia Adeney Thomas, and Brett L. Walker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836924

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836924.001.0001

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Writing Japan at Nature’s Edge

Writing Japan at Nature’s Edge

The Promises and Perils of Environmental History

(p.1) Writing Japan at Nature’s Edge
Japan at Nature's Edge

Ian Jared Miller

University of Hawai'i Press

This book explores Japan's role in global environmental change, and more specifically how Japanese ideas have shaped bodies and landscapes over hundreds of year. It argues that Japan's physical environment and the broader global realm of its ecological footprint are artifacts of its history and culture. The book seeks to reintroduce the study of the natural environment to the study of Japan and to resituate Japan in the changing global environment. It considers the Japanese experience of nature as a complex and intimate negotiation between the physical and cultural worlds. This introduction discusses the promises and the perils of environmental history by focusing on two important episodes: the arrival of Commodore Matthew C. Perry of the U.S. Navy in the waters of Edo Bay (present-day Tokyo Bay) in 1853, and the 2009 release of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove.

Keywords:   environmental change, Japan, physical environment, culture, natural environment, nature, environmental history, Matthew C. Perry, The Cove, Edo Bay

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