Can cool Japan save post-disaster Japan? On the possibilities and impossibilities of a cool japanology

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Abstract

This article considers Cool Japan in light of catastrophe, first theoretically through a phenomenological analysis of Cool Japan and Cool Japanology, suggesting that the study of Cool Japan itself is way of uncooling the object of inquiry, itself a reaction to the apocalyptic realities of everyday life since the dawn of the modern world. The article finishes with a sociological reflection on current events through a détourner of the sekai kei genre in Summer Wars' inclusion of two sociological types in its rendition of catastrophe. This article then is intended as a preliminary step to understanding the specificity and commonalities of Japanese cool power through an understanding of the phenomenon of cool and the contents to which cool often refers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-72
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Japanese Sociology
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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