Global Oriental occupies a unique position as the only UK publisher dedicated to the study of the regions of East Asia and Central Asia. The Global Oriental imprint was originally established in 1996 with publication of The Silver Drum, the memoir of Japanese Princess Chichibu, wife of Emperor Hirohito's brother, which attracted international acclaim, and subsequently a discrete list of Japan-related titles evolved, including the ‘Rediscovering’ series. In 2003, a new company was formed around the existing imprint and book list, committed to a major publishing programme focused on Japanese, and more broadly Asian Studies, especially Korean, Chinese and Inner Asian Studies. This propelled Global Oriental to the forefront of independent academic publishing in these areas, and is increasingly recognized for the depth and quality of its list, which today totals some 200 titles.
A History of the Takarazuka Revue Since 1914: Modernity, Girls' Culture, Japan Pop
Founded in the hot-spring resort town of the same name in 1914, Takarazuka is a kaleidoscopic medium, both in terms of its theatricality and visual characteristics. Yet, despite its prominence and popularity, it has not received the academic attention it deserves, especially in the context of theatre studies. This book, therefore, by taking an interdisciplinary approach, endeavours to fill this gap through a detailed analysis of the Takarazuka Revue Company’s history, educational traditions and theatrical ethos viewed from the prism of Japan’s modernization and globalization in the twentieth century. Its important relationship to Japanese popular culture, especially in the fields of manga and fashion are also given due consideration.
Paul Norbury has Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays
Own very own Paul Norbury will awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, for his contribution to the development of Japanese Studies at a ceremony at the Japan Embassy in London.
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