The Lens Within the Heart: The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan
The study of food practices in different cultures and societies has long been an important part of anthropological studies. In recent years anthropological literature on food has generated new theoretical findings on this important aspect of human behavior that help explain cultural adaptation and social grouping in a more general way.In this volume the authors make use of ethnographic examples collected within and beyond the boundaries of China to demonstrate the theoretical relevance of Chinese-inspired foodways, tastes, and consumption.
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I have no idea what the information above is saying--this book has nothing to do with food and very, very little to do with China.
It's about the importation of Western ocular instruments into Japan in the Edo period (microscopes, telescopes, mirrors, etc.) and the massive changes they helped bring about.
Illustrated well and clearly written, this is an extremely intelligent yet accessible book.
I highly recommend it.