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The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism$
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Alan Tansman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245051

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245051.001.0001

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. The Beauty of Violence: Yasuda Yojūrō’s “Japanese Bridges”

. The Beauty of Violence: Yasuda Yojūrō’s “Japanese Bridges”

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The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism

Alan Tansman

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on Yasuda Yojūrō's “Japanese Bridges”, an essay about the cultural and literary meanings of Japanese bridges. The essay evokes moments of authenticity or purity—beauty that can be evoked beyond the fractured space of modern life and consciousness. These moments form Yasuda's fascist aesthetic. Though they may feel merely aesthetic, they are rife with political implications and suggest an endorsement of violence. Indeed, from innocent musings on bridges Yasuda arrives in “Japanese Bridges” at a spiritual glorification of the shedding of blood. How he makes this aesthetic and ideological leap—or, to use his metaphor, how he bridges this gap—is the driving question of the chapter.

Keywords:   Japanese fascism, fascist aesthetic, Japanese bridges, violence, bloodshed

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