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License to Play: The Ludic in Japanese Culture

Michal Daliot-Bul


License to Play explores the dynamic transformations of the relations between culture and play (asobi) in Japan. Beginning in Premodern Japan all the way to 21st century postmodern Japan, colorful expressions of play become lenses onto social dynamics and cultural complexities in various loci and times. As the narrative of this book brings the reader to 1970s Japan and thereafter, it becomes also a cultural study of contemporary Japanese urban culture, including an exploration of the consumer culture’s becoming a system for organizing daily life, the tension between Japan’s institutional cultu ... More

Keywords: asobi, consumer culture, cultural studies, gamification, Japan, leisure policy, play theory, postmodernity, premodernity, urban culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839406
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michal Daliot-Bul, author
University of Haifa