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Pao-Yuan Tso (19185396) Sec: 104 Norman Bryson, “Westernizing Bodies: Women, Art, and Power in Meiji Yōga ,” in Gender and power in the Japanese Visual Field , eds. Joshua S. Mostow, et al. (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2003), 89-118. Meiji Japanese in the 1880s were focused on the cultural and social integration between Westerners and Japanese, which played a significant role in the modernization of Japan. Consequently, Japanese women were transformed, or “westernized,” in terms of their fashion, societal roles, and visual representation. After the construction of European-style building, Rokumeikan, more Westerners appeared in Japan. Japanese women of the Rokumeikan years “…achieved fashion parity with their "sisters of the West" (7). They adapted so the Japanese could "possess what Western men desired" (11), hence entering into the orbit of westerners through identification.
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Unformatted text preview: To transform into Westerners, Meiji artists attempted to assimilate into European visuality. Their works displayed familiarity and intimacy with European culture (20) and represented Japanese womens images in a more westernized style, containing nudity. Normal Brysons anecdotal style of the article, which illustrates the Japaneses perspective towards Japanese and Western women, is very effective in depicting Japans attempt to westernize. However, the article shift from social and fashion transformation to art is too sudden, which generates confusion and ambiguity. Questions: 1.) In which ways did men transform? Did their fashion change to the western style, too? 2.) Did Western women try to adapt into the Japanese culture by, for instance, wearing kimonos? 3.) How did Westerners react to this modernization, or assimilation?...
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