Imagination has always been a core component of art. Imagination manifests itself in every culture through popular art linked to the construction of cultural identity. In contemporary Japanese popular culture, imagination is reflected in a transgression of boundaries: the ancient and the ultra-new, the ordinary and the glamourous, the realms of the fictional and the real. These transgressions symbolize the attempts to seek answers to important questions asked by contemporary popular artists about modern life, the role and meaning of a culture’s past, and also how the individual self may live fruitfully and authentically in the midst of profound change. This chapter reviews selected works of three contemporary Japanese writers to see how each of them reflects upon the question of how the modern self may be enriched and fulfilled by knowledge of the past. Yumemakura Baku re-imagines Heian Japan to discuss contemporary life, Mukoda Kuniko fictionalizes the ordinary for insights into our relationship with each other, while Nashiki Kaho delves into the magical realm of our reality to find the origin of our selves.
|Title of host publication||Imagination and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory|
|Editors||Keith Moser, Ananta Ch. Sukla|
|Number of pages||14|
|ISBN (Print)||9789004435162 |
|Publication status||Published - 9 Jul 2020|
|Name||Value Inquiry Book Series|