Japan and Russia: Three Centuries of Mutual Images by Yulia Mikhailova, M. William Steele

By Yulia Mikhailova, M. William Steele

This quantity acknowledges the becoming know-how of the significance of pictures in diplomacy, exploring the phenomenon over 3 centuries because it pertains to Russia and Japan. the overall conception of 1 nation via one other - the 'stereotypical collective mentality' - is an old phenomenon that is still a basic part in diplomacy in any respect degrees, yet particularly within the political and company arenas, and continues to be an ongoing problem for destiny generations. Bringing jointly foreign students from numerous disciplines, this cutting edge learn focuses in particular on modes of seeing and at the enigma of visible adventure. It attracts on various visible representations from propaganda posters and cartoons to artistic endeavors and movies and to more moderen media, similar to tv, the net, pop-culture icons, in addition to direct visible encounters. the amount increases questions of the way diversified cultures become aware of, comprehend and symbolize one another, how and why mutual representations have replaced or remained unchanged through the lengthy background of Japanese-Russian interactions, what psychological frameworks exist on each side of the come across; and the way visions of otherness impression the development of nationwide, cultural and social identities.

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This period follows the initial years of encounter with Japan as described in Michiko Ikuta’s chapter, but predates academic studies of Japan and Japanese culture. During this time images of Japan gradually entered and became ingrained in Russian art and literature. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Russians came to understand Japan on different levels (high culture/low culture) and in different genres, forming a bright and expressive, albeit somewhat blurry, picture. That image was incorporated into classical Russian literature and the writers of the Russian fin de siècle accepted and transformed it still further.

I. Kruzenshtern, Puteshestvie vokrug sveta v 1803, 4, 5 i 1806 godakh, po poveleniiu ego imperatorskogo velichestva Aleksandra Pervogo, na korabliakh Nadezhda i Neva, (Voyage around the World in 1803, 4, 5 and 1806 Done under the Order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First on Ships Nadezhda and Neva), (SPB: Morskaiai Tipografiia, parts 1–3, 1812); Georg H. von Langsdorff, Voyages and Travels in Various Parts of the World during the Years 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 and 1807 (London: Printed for Henry Colbuen, 1814).

At the same time, a number of Japanese castaways found themselves in Russia, providing new and more accurate sources of information. 22 Japan and Russia: Three Centuries of Mutual Images According to Russian records, the first shipwrecked Japanese, often associated with initiating Russian interest in Japan, was Denbei. Vladimir Atlasov, the head of a squad of Cossacks who gained control over Kamchatka, encountered Denbei there in 1697 and they spent approximately two years together. Denbei learned some Russian and Atlasov took him to Moscow in 1702.

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