This book examines the phenomenon of war-related contents tourism throughout Japanese history, from conflicts described in ancient Japanese myth through to contemporary depictions of fantasy and futuristic warfare.

It tackles two crucial questions: first, how does war transition from being traumatic to entertaining in the public imagination and works of popular culture; and second, how does visitation to war-related sites transition from being an act of mourning or commemorative pilgrimage into an act of devotion or fan pilgrimage? Representing the collaboration of ten expert researchers of Japanese popular culture and travel, it develops a theoretical framework for understanding war-related contents tourism and demonstrates the framework in practice via numerous short case studies across a millennium of warfare in Japan including: the tales of heroic deities in the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters, AD 712), the Edo poetry of Matsuo Basho, and the Pacific war through lens of popular media such as the animated film Grave of the Fireflies.

This book will be of interest to researchers and students in tourism studies and cultural studies, as well as more general issues of war and peace in Japan, East Asia and beyond.

chapter 1|18 pages

Theorizing war-related contents tourism

ByPhilip Seaton, Takayoshi Yamamura
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part Part I|24 pages

From myths to the middle ages

chapter 2|6 pages

The narrative worlds of ancient wars

Travelling heroes in Kojiki
ByTakayoshi Yamamura
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chapter 3|5 pages

The Mongol invasions of Japan and Tsushima tourism

ByKyungjae Jang
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chapter 4|5 pages

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and contents tourism in Aizu-Wakamatsu

ByAleksandra Jaworowicz-Zimny
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chapter 5|6 pages

History girls and women's war-related contents tourism

ByAkiko Sugawa-Shimada
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part Part II|28 pages

The rise and fall of the Tokugawas

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chapter 8|5 pages

Tōken Ranbu and samurai swords as tourist attractions

ByAkiko Sugawa-Shimada
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chapter 9|5 pages

Castles and castle towns in Japanese tourism

ByYosuke Fujiki, Hitoshi Nakai
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chapter 10|5 pages

Festivals of war

Travelling the Shinsengumi in 2019
ByPhilip Seaton
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part Part III|22 pages

Imperial Japan

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chapter 12|5 pages

The Russo-Japanese War and (contents) tourism

ByPhilip Seaton
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chapter 14|5 pages

Theatre (contents) tourism and war as a backdrop to romance

ByAkiko Sugawa-Shimada
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part Part IV|30 pages

The Asia-Pacific War

chapter 15|5 pages

Yasukuni Shrine's Yūshūkan museum as a site of cont​ents tourism

ByPhilip Seaton, Takayoshi Yamamura
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chapter 16|6 pages

The sense of belonging created by In This Corner of the World

ByLuli van der Does
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chapter 17|5 pages

Travelling Grave of the Fireflies

The gap between creators' intentions and audiences'/tourists' interpretations
ByTakayoshi Yamamura
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chapter 18|6 pages

Tours of Tokkōtai (kamikaze) training bases

ByLuli van der Does
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chapter 19|6 pages

Repatriation and the enka ballad Ganpeki no haha

ByAkiko Sugawa-Shimada
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part Part V|28 pages

Postwar Japan

chapter 20|5 pages

Kantai Collection and entertainmentization of the Second World War

ByKyungjae Jang
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chapter 21|5 pages

The war metaphors underpinning Mizuki Shigeru yōkai tourism

ByQiaodan Wang, Philip Seaton
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chapter 22|5 pages

Shin Godzilla

Tourism consuming images of JSDF, kaiju characters, and destroyed sites
ByAleksandra Jaworowicz-Zimny, Takayoshi Yamamura
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chapter 23|5 pages

Fantasy wars and their real-life inspirations

Tourism and international conflicts caused by Attack on Titan
ByRyo Koarai, Takayoshi Yamamura
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chapter |6 pages


Patterns of war-related (contents) tourism
ByTakayoshi Yamamura, Philip Seaton
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