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Mirror in the Shrine

American Encounters with Meiji Japan

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PAPERBACK

$39.00 • £31.95 • €35.00

ISBN 9780674576421

Publication Date: 04/01/1991

Short

336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

3 halftones

World

A fascinating study of cross-cultural encounters, written with great empathy not only for the three men but for the culture and the people they loved.—Kunio Francis Tanabe, The Washington Post Book World

Mirror in the Shrine does what we want historical biography to do: to speak through the sources and bring to life the trials, excitements, disappointments, joys, and ambitions of long-past souls. Rosenstone does this much and more.—C. Andrew Gerstle, Journal of Asian Studies

Absolutely delightful, at first for its unspoiled picture of late-nineteenth-century Japan as seen through the eyes of three remarkable but very different Americans, [the missionary William Elliot Griffis, the scientist Edward S. Morse, and the writer Lafcadio Hearn], and then for the marvelous reconstruction of how Japan worked on their minds, radically changing their perceptions of the country and the whole relationship between East and West—between the barbarian and the civilized. The book is a tour de force.—Edwin O. Reischauer

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