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The Japanese Culture of Mourning Whales

Whale Graves and Memorial Monuments in Japan

Authors: Itoh, Mayumi

  • Addresses the controversial practice of Japanese whaling
  • Highlights the cultural and historical value of Japan's whaling culture and memorial rites for whales
  • Assesses the relevance of this culture to nature conservation and management of sustainable use of natural resources
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About this book

This book provides an in-depth study of Japanese whaling culture, emphasizing how the Japanese have considered whales and whaling in relation to their understanding of nature and religion. It examines why and how the Japanese have mourned the deaths of whales, treating them as if they were human beings, and assesses the relevance of this culture to nature conservation and management of sustainable use of natural resources. It also sheds new light on Japanese whaling, one of the most controversial issues in the contemporary world, by highlighting the hitherto unknown aspects of Japanese beliefs about whales and whaling, which constitute an integral part of their core concept of how they should coexist with nature. Through cross-examining previous studies of Japanese whaling, as well as analyzing new documents and conducting field research on location, this book presents a comprehensive survey of Japanese whaling culture and memorial rites for whales and offers viable insights on how the Japanese whaling culture can be applied to solving current global issues, including nature conservation, management of sustainable use of natural resources, and protection of wildlife and its habitats.

About the authors

Mayumi Itoh is former Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, US. She has also taught at Princeton University and Queens College, City University of New York and has written numerous books, including Globalization of Japan (1998), The Hatoyama Dynasty (2003), Japanese Wartime Zoo Policy (2010), and The Origin of Ping-Pong Diplomacy (2011). 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Itoh, Mayumi

  • Historical Background

    Pages 11-31

    Itoh, Mayumi

  • Whaling Culture and Whale Graves in the Hokkaidō and Tōhoku Regions

    Pages 33-56

    Itoh, Mayumi

  • Whale Shrines and Temples in the Kantō Region

    Pages 57-69

    Itoh, Mayumi

  • Whale Graves and Monuments in the Chūbu and Hokuriku Regions

    Pages 71-83

    Itoh, Mayumi

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-10-6671-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-10-6670-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
Softcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-4928-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Japanese Culture of Mourning Whales
Book Subtitle
Whale Graves and Memorial Monuments in Japan
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-6671-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-6671-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-6670-2
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-4928-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 267
Number of Illustrations
13 illustrations in colour
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