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Showa Japan
by Brinckmann, Hans

ISBN: 9784805312896
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Shokai Inc
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 240
DIMENSIONS: 15.2 x 22.9 x 2.3 centimetres

Japan's momentous Showa era began in 1926, when Emperor Hirohito ascended the throne, and ended with his death in 1989. This was a tumultuous period in modern Japanese history a time of great disaster and tremendous triumph for Japan. This book focuses on the post-war period in Japan when the nation stood at the zenith of her economic power. Today, the term Showa is shorthand for a glamorous period in which, all too briefly, Japan was the richest nation on earth and the envy of the developed world. A growing nostalgia for this period is now memorialized in Japan in a national holiday. It was an era of stratospheric growth which saw Japan's transition from an isolated, impoverished nation to a peaceful one holding an exalted position as the world's second largest economy. But what is the true meaning of the Showa era, and what is its legacy for the Japanese today? In "Showa Japan," Hans Brinckmann provides a clear-eyed exploration of the Showa period as it really was not just a time of wondrous change but of wild excesses that would eventually come crashing down with the bursting of Japan's economic bubble exactly as occurred in the rest of the world, but almost 20 years earlier! From the heights of extravagance to the lean years that followed, Brinkmann, a long-time resident of Japan, examines the impact of the Showa era and its aftermath on every aspect of Japanese society. Featuring dozens of period photographs, interviews, and

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