This book explores the multiplicity of special times and spaces in Japan within which people get together to decide, celebrate or play, in gatherings such as organizational meetings, community festivities, preschool games or drinking bouts. It analyzes these gatherings in relation to the theoretical model of sociocultural frames, examining how such occasions are put together, their unfolding stages, interactive encounters, and relations between participants and the wider social and cultural contexts. It considers the cognitive, emotional and behavioural dimensions, the scope for manipulation and the effects, intentional and unintentional, on participants and the connections to the ways in which in society and culture change. Overall, besides describing specific rites and ceremonies in Japan, the book provides great insights into the process whereby the interactions, feelings and action of individuals and groups shape popular culture.

chapter 1|16 pages

Introduction – sociocultural frames

Expeditions in structures and dynamics

part I|50 pages

Body, child development and organization

chapter 2|19 pages

From mothering to othering

Organization and naptime in a Japanese preschool

chapter 3|8 pages

The gambaru complex

Learning to overcome obstacles through individual and collective action

chapter 4|21 pages

Teachers’ meetings

Information, quality control and decisions

part II|29 pages

Community, tensions and presentation

chapter 5|11 pages

A sports day in suburban Japan

Leisure, artificial communities and the creation of locality

chapter 6|16 pages

Posing, posturing and photographic presences

A rite of passage in a Japanese commuter village

part III|33 pages

Business, bodies and dialogues

chapter 7|12 pages

Sake and spare time

Management and imbibement in Japanese business firms

chapter 8|19 pages

“Not precisely work”

Golf, entertainment and imbibement among Japanese business executives in Singapore

part IV|28 pages

Nation, violence and memory

chapter 9|14 pages

Coincident events of remembrance, coexisting spaces of memory

The annual memorial rites at Yasukuni Shrine

chapter 10|12 pages

Public events and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces

Aesthetics, ritual density and the normalization of military violence

part V|16 pages


chapter 11|14 pages

Power, play and transformation