lnu.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Toriyama Sekien och hans arv: En analys av Toriyama Sekiens yōkai kataloger, deras kawaii-estetik och Sekiens inflytande på det japanska folkets föreställningsvärld
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Toriyama Sekien and his legacy : An analysis of Toriyama Sekien's yōkai catalogues, their "kawaii" aesthetics and Sekien’s influence on the imagination of the Japanese people (English)
Abstract [en]

In this essay, I study Toriyama Sekien’s yōkai (supernatural beings) catalogues and undertake a diachronic examination surrounding Sekien's imprint on his contemporaries and modern times, striving to highlight the aesthetic dimension that adds to the popularity of yōkai today. Through an image analysis based on a modified version of Roman Jakobson's communication model and a diachronic examination of Sekien’s influence on the imagination of the Japanese people, I have investigated how and why Sekien chose to depict yōkai in his catalogues as kawaii (cute). The questions that have driven my study are as follows:

   1. Why does Toriyama Sekien kawaii use aesthetic codes in his four catalogues?

   2. In what ways have Toriyama Sekien's catalogues influenced the Japanese people's imagination and world view?   

The study is anchored in cute studies theories, and with the theory Displacement of Meaning, I have identified possible answers to how Sekien has influenced the Japanese people's imagination: (1) kawaii aesthetic codes are found in Toriyama Sekien's work, because Sekien tried to make his creations as attractive as possible. To accomplish this, he used aesthetic elements which cute studies theories have found control what we perceive as kawaii and thus attractive. (2) Toriyama Sekien demystified the supernatural, took it out of context and allowed Japanese people to take the supernatural out of its traditional setting. This paved the way for yōkai as consumer items and (3) allowed modern creators to fill the yōkai (consumer items) with nostalgia and reintroduce them as symbols of a lost and idealized past. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 46
Keywords [sv]
Toriyama Sekien, yōkai, bildanalys, föreställningsvärld, japansk folktro, religion, kawaii, cute studies
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70256OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-70256DiVA, id: diva2:1178551
Subject / course
Religious Studies
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2018-02-06 Created: 2018-01-30 Last updated: 2018-04-03Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

Toriyama Sekien och hans arv(2469 kB)31 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT02.pdfFile size 2469 kBChecksum SHA-512
979a4b53be0e968a74227121140475b3cdb403a7e67453b959d9952f4aad541731396b02ada9068bd8ef5bb6ee670cd0a9f2c38c35d820d1b5dbc76039c9e5a9
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Cultural Sciences
Religious Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 45 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 250 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf