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Week 1: Nation Building Japan Emperor Meiji - Restored to imperial rule during Meiji Restoration after collapse of Tokugawa state. - Hailed as a demi-god, holy leader and father of Japan; also chief military leader. - Ruled quietly in the background, relying heavily on his advisors. - Symbolized nationalism and Confucian ethics; inspired social unity necessary for the moderate modernization during Meiji Restoration. Mori Ogai - Author of Maihime (“The Dancing Girl) - Wrote one of Japan's most highly appreciated short works of fiction. - Portrayal of self-awakening in the story was to represents his own dilemmas during Meiji era. - Dancing Girl tells the tale of a Japanese student, Ota Toyotaro, who falls in love with a German dancer named Elise. When given a difficult choice between clearing his name and staying with his pregnant lover, he chooses to go back home. - Dilemma of the story symbolized the Japanese struggle to reconcile a traditional sense of duty and cultural responsibility with the individuality and self-direction of the West during Meiji era.
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