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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Japanese Perceptions of Nature and Natural Order
Article/Chapter Title:On Japanese Perceptions of Their Relationship with Nature, with Special Regard to Entomological and Geological Factors
Editor(s):Henshall, Kenneth G; Bing, Dov
Author(s):Henshall, Kenneth G
Publisher Name:Center for Asian Studies, University of Waikato, for the New Zealand Studies Society
Place of Publication:Waikato
Date of Publication:1992
Annotation:Henshall discusses the revival of Shintoism and critiques the nationalist agenda underpinning some contemporary brain studies in Japan, one of which asserts that the Japanese brain perceives sounds in nature (e.g., singing insects) as verbal expressions. After demonstrating the basic validity of environmental determinism with geo-climatic examples, Henshall concludes with an outline of Harade Kenichi’s proposal for a comparative study on environmental determinism in Japan and New Zealand.
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