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Japan Studies: Japanese Folklore : Material Culture / Foodways

Library Catalog

Browsing topics (subject headings) can be helpful: try "Cooking, Japanese" and select "English" in the language option--you will get 27 hits.

Here are some other topics (subject headings) that are useful for food-related research:


Art Library

Books on crafts/arts and architecture are mainly held at Kohler Art Library. Type "architecture Japan" or "crafts Japan" in the search column to see more titles.

Arts and Crafts



Material Culture


Befu, Harumi. 1968. "Gift-Giving in a Modernizing Japan." Monumenta Nipponica 23.3/4: 445–56.

Daniels, Inge Maria. 2001. "The 'Untidy' Japanese House." In Home Possessions: Material Culture Behind Closed Doors, ed. Daniel Miller, 201–29. Oxford: Berg.

Glassie, Henry. "Japan.” Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999. 198-221.

Goldstein-Gidoni, Ofra. 2001. "The Making and Marking of the 'Japanese' and the 'Western' in Japanese Contemporary Material Culture." Journal of Material Culture 6.1: 67–90.

Kikuchi, Yuko. 1997. “Hybridity and the Oriental Orientalism of Mingei Theory.” Journal of Design History 10.4: 343–54.

Takahara, Takashi. 2011. "The World of Ogre-tile Making." In The Individual and Tradition: Folklore Perspective, ed. Ray Cashman, Tom Mould, and Pravina Shukla, 170-193. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.