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Image Factory: Fads and Fashions in Japan

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Just as a person contrives a style, the purpose of which is integration and the effect of which is presentation, so a nation collectively projects an appearance, a "national" style. Such styles are made of many layers. The deepest layer is composed of the immutable and the traditional. Nearer the surface floats fashion, changeable but sometimes more abiding. And frothing o
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 3rd 2004 by Reaktion Books (first published April 15th 2004)
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Tosh
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Donald Richie is around 80 years old, yet he's hipper than any kid on the block writing about pop Japanese culture. How is that possible? Richie's writings are like a huge attena sticking out, yet he's only getting cool information. Don Richie I salute your greatness!
Kim
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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This is yet another one of those overly academic books that seems to be totally weirded out about the things in japan that most people who live here find mundane. I have lived in Japan for almost three years and I really like that most things don't surprise me anymore, because they make sense. This book has some great pictures (many of which were probably outdated before the book even came out), and talks about the usual- kawaii, love hotels, pachinko, para para dance, Japanese people who emulat ...more
Richard Horsman
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japan
A fascinating set of essays on fads and fashions in lat 20th and early 21st century Japan, wonderfully enhanced by Richie's engagingly pompous and arch authorial voice. Reminded me quite a bit of Alexander Theroux. Do his other writings have the same tone, anybody know?
Annchan Maulana
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fashion
aneh, tapi keren2. terlalu eksentrik untuk ditiru tapi seru juga untuk special event T_T'
Channing
May 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
After picking this book up at Kinokuniya Books in Shinjuku, Tokyo, I would sit on the train and watch the fashion trends discussed in the book acted out in front of me. Pretty cool.
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Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese cinema. Although he considers himself only a writer, Richie has directed many experimental films, the first when he was 17. Although Richie speaks Japanese fluently, he can neither read nor write it.

During World War II, he served aboard Liberty ships as a purser and medical officer. By then he had alrea
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