Emplacement, embodiment and ritual: some considerations from shikii wo matagu for our understanding of place and identity
To pursue this enquiry, one particular example of spatial representation has been adopted as a point of departure. Shikii wo matagu is a ritualized act of movement across the threshold within Japanese culture. Despite significant changes to the physical environment, and in what environment Japanese are living, shikii wo matagu maintains its relevance in contemporary Japanese life. The nature of this act, and its underlying concepts, values and social relationships will be explored within this text. The implications of this for our understanding of place and identity will equally be considered.