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Holy GhostsThe Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction$
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Rebecca Suter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824840013

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824840013.001.0001

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Holy Ghosts

Rebecca Suter

University of Hawai'i Press

Modern Japan is arguably the country with the smallest proportion of Christian believers in the First World; the number of Japanese citizens affiliated with a Christian Church of any denomination today is estimated at less than one percent of the entire population. However, Christianity is ubiquitous in popular culture, and often subject to highly creative interpretations. Within this context, of particular interest is the representation of the so-called “Christian century” of Japan, the period between the arrival of Jesuit missionaries in 1549 and the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637–1638, the last Christian revolt before the final ban on the foreign religion under the Tokugawa regime. Modern Japanese authors have reflected on the cultural negotiations of this period in a variety of media, from prose fiction and film to manga, anime, and videogames. Their works are the object of this book.

Keywords:   Christianity, Japanese fiction, Japanese film, manga, anime, videogames

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