In reprinting Japanese Culture, the University of Hawaii Press has allowed me to make revisions throughout the text. I was particularly anxious to rewrite Chapter 1, which I felt was too brief. But I also took the opportunity to make many other changes and to add much new material.
As stated in the preface to the first edition, this book is intended as a survey, for the general reader, of Japanese culture, including religion, thought, the visual arts, literature, the theatre, the cinema, and those special arts, such as the tea ceremony and landscape gardening, that have been uniquely cherished in Japan. I have in particular sought to relate cultural developments to political and institutional trends without burdening the text with an excess of the names, dates, and other details of those trends.
New York H.P.V.
October 1983 . . .