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Contesting the Myths of Samurai Baseball: Cultural Representations of Japan's National Pastime

Christopher T. Keaveney


The Japanese passion for the game of baseball stretches back over one hundred years, and has its origins in the Meiji period. Baseball has long been Japan’s national pastime, and the game constitutes an important part of the social fabric of Japan. Moreover, baseball occupies a prominent position in modern Japanese culture. Starting with Masaoka Shiki’s poetry and fiction about baseball in the Meiji era and continuing all the way up to the recent baseball manga of Adachi Mitsuru, this work chronicles cultural representations of baseball in Japan with chapters devoted to poetry, fiction, manga ... More

Keywords: Samurai baseball, konjō (guts), magokoro (devotion)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9789888455829
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher T. Keaveney, author
Professor of Japanese, Linfield College