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LOHAS: Ein Label für den japanischen Buchmarkt nach der Jahrtausendwende


Christmann, T (2010). LOHAS: Ein Label für den japanischen Buchmarkt nach der Jahrtausendwende. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 64(1):39-53.

Abstract

In 2006 the acronym LOHAS (Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability) was brought up by the Japanese literature magazine Da Vinci. The American sociologist Paul H. Ray had introduced the term in 2000 and named its devotees “Cultural Creatives”. Especially in Japan, LOHAS stands for an eco-oriented, ego-contemplating new way of living after a depressing decade. 2006 could be considered as a boom-year for LOHAS in Japan. The article examines how the movement appears in Japan and Japanese literature around that time: Which authors could be considered as “LOHAS-writers”, what kind of texts are “LOHAS-bungaku” (“LOHAS-literature”)? Taking a closer look at the new zeitgeist since February 2006, the columns of the book-magazine Da Vinci are the basis for reflections on the phenomenon. Works of YOKOMORI Rika and an initial LOHAS-novel by INAMOTO Tadashi, entitled Rohasu shiti no yoake (“Daybreak in LOHAS-City”, 2006), are characterized as representative “LOHAS-literature”.

In 2006 the acronym LOHAS (Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability) was brought up by the Japanese literature magazine Da Vinci. The American sociologist Paul H. Ray had introduced the term in 2000 and named its devotees “Cultural Creatives”. Especially in Japan, LOHAS stands for an eco-oriented, ego-contemplating new way of living after a depressing decade. 2006 could be considered as a boom-year for LOHAS in Japan. The article examines how the movement appears in Japan and Japanese literature around that time: Which authors could be considered as “LOHAS-writers”, what kind of texts are “LOHAS-bungaku” (“LOHAS-literature”)? Taking a closer look at the new zeitgeist since February 2006, the columns of the book-magazine Da Vinci are the basis for reflections on the phenomenon. Works of YOKOMORI Rika and an initial LOHAS-novel by INAMOTO Tadashi, entitled Rohasu shiti no yoake (“Daybreak in LOHAS-City”, 2006), are characterized as representative “LOHAS-literature”.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 64 (2010) > 1
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
Language:German
Date:2010
Deposited On:26 Jul 2010 06:46
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:12
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Related URLs:http://www.sagw.ch/de/asiengesellschaft/publikationen/Asiatische-Studien.html (Publisher)
http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vID=86850&vLang=D&vHR=1&vUR=4&vUUR=11 (Publisher)
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-35187

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