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Lots about the difference between Japanese Buddhist aristocratic culture and Shinto popular culture—with examples from films, plays, novels, prostitution—pegged, indeed chained, to the familiar idea that "hedonism is held in check by social taboos. The morbid and sometimes grotesque taste that runs through Japanese culture—and has done so for centuries—is a direct result of being made to conform to such a strict and limiting code of normality.
So: "while the heroes and heroines of this book tell us something about the culture that created them. Buruma starts off by distinguishing between Japanese progenitors Izanagi and Izanami and Adam and Eve—or "pollution" vs. Original Sin. He likens the samurai to the European knight-errant—save for "the Christian ideal of principled, indiscriminate compassion. As an olla podrida of comments and description, however, this has its truths and its voyeuristic attractions.
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BEHIND THE MASK
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Behind the mask
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