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Religions 2016, 7(3), 28; doi:10.3390/rel7030028

Creating Modern Japanese Subjects: Morning Rituals from Norito to News and Weather

Department of Religious Studies, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, CA 92182-6062, USA
Academic Editor: Lawrence W. Snyder
Received: 8 November 2015 / Revised: 13 January 2016 / Accepted: 4 February 2016 / Published: 11 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Contemporary Culture(s))
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Abstract

This original research on Restoration Shinto Norito seeks to explain the rhetorical devices used in the composition of a morning prayer ritual text. The nativist scholar, Hirata Atsutane, crafted this ritual to create a Japanese imperial subject with a particular understanding of native identity and national unity, appropriate to the context of a Japan in the shadow of impending modernity and fear of Western domination. The conclusions drawn concerning Hirata’s rhetoric are meant to inform our understanding of the technique and power of the contemporary Japanese morning television viewing ritual used to create post-modern Japanese citizens with an identity and unity appropriate to a global secular context. View Full-Text
Keywords: Hirata Atsutane; Restoration Shinto; religious ritual; Norito; modernity; identity construction; NHK Hirata Atsutane; Restoration Shinto; religious ritual; Norito; modernity; identity construction; NHK
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Hansen, W. Creating Modern Japanese Subjects: Morning Rituals from Norito to News and Weather. Religions 2016, 7, 28.

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