3.11: Fukushima, Northeastern Japan and the Conceptualization of Catastrophe [Paperback]

Christopher Craig (Editor); Enrico Fongaro (Editor); Andreas Niehaus (Editor)

ISBN: 9788869772207 | Published by: Mimesis International | Series: Hasekura League Intercultural Studies Editions | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 184p, H208 x W140 (mm)



The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011 was a complex event. It was a disaster of multiple dimensions, unleashing the linked forces of seismic shock, tsunami, and nuclear radiation. This confluence left a varied array of damage in its wake. The personal traumas of death and loss combined with the social trauma of ruptured families, the economic trauma resulting from the physical destruction, and the psychic trauma arising from an uncertain future. Such a complex disaster demands a multifaceted exploration into its nature, implications, and meaning. The essays in this collection cross academic and geographic boundaries to explore the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami from a wide range of perspectives and to apply the analytical and interpretive tools of multiple disciplines to the study of the disaster and the various forms of trauma it inflicted.

Table of Contents

PART I CONCEPTUALIZING CATASTROPHE - Techne, Catastrophe, and the Buddha-Nature - Forget the Unforgettable or Recall the Unrecollectable? How to Commemorate Fukushima’s Nuclear Disaster (If Time Has Gone out of Joint) - After 3.11: Toward a Rehabilitation ofthe Mind - Ango, Mishima, War, and Nuclear Power 59 PART II DISASTER IN HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE - Trauma Mediated: The 1933 Sanriku Earthquake and Tsunami in the Press - 3.11 and Historical Studies: Developments in Japanese Historiography - Dark, Cold and Hungry, but Full of Mutual Trust: - Manners Among the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Victims PART III STUDENT PAPERS - Disaster and Its Representation in Pompeii - An Analysis and Interpretation ofthe Descriptions of Miyako in Heike Monogatari - The transmission ofimages in East Asia: The role of Pictorial Models for Buddhist Statues - The Ideal Heian Capital as Portrayed in Daidairizu kōshō

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