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  1. Prehistoric Japan: New Perspectives on Insular East Asia
    Prehistoric Japan: New Perspectives on Insular East Asia
    Prehistoric Japan: New Perspectives on Insular East Asia
    Prehistoric Japan: New Perspectives on Insular East Asia
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  2. Prehistoric Japan: New Perspectives on Insular East Asia

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In the past few years, there has been a growing appreciation by Western scholars of the vast scale, great achievements, and methodological originality of Japanese archaeologists. However, an understanding of the results of their work has been hampered in the West by a lack of up-to-date and authoritative texts in English. This book provides Western readers for the first time with a uniquely East Asian perspective of Japanese archaeology.

Prehistoric Japan is organized into 16 chapters covering the environment, the history of the Japanese investigations of their past, the peculiarities of Japanese scholars' interests and methodologies, the organization and material culture of previous Japanese societies, economic trade and the question of immigration, the political unification of Japan, and the relationships between the core islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu to Hokkaido in the north and the Ryukyu Islands to the south.

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I really wanted to get started on japanese history, and decided to read as much as possible, beginning with the prehistoric times. Beside the "Cambridge History of Japan" which is an absolute must, I had been told that, in regard to that period, Keiji Imamura's "Prehistoric Japan" was the one book in English to start with. And they were completely right.

Imamura offers a book that is written in a way that makes it understable to people who have no previous knowledge of the subject and/or archeology (unlike many books on prehistory/ancient history I've come across). No long, dry and fastidious presentation of sites: the goal here is to present the reader with an image as complete as possible, given what had been found at the time of publication (1996), of Japan between 12,000 BC and 300 AD (the J'mon and Yayoi cultures), and a glimpse at the subsequent Kofun and the political unification, as well as the situation in the Okinawa and Hokkaido islands, the extreme south and... Read more
love this book. an awesome read for anyone who love japan and anthropology.
There were a few things which disappointed me regarding the author's position as an expert on some areas.
First of all, the author tries to disconnect any relation linguistically from Korean and Japanese by saying that these two languages are just too different in grammar and vocabulary. As a linguist who has specialized in Asian languages, I can tell you that the vocabulary may be different, however, anybody who has studied these two languages will tell you that they are very similar in both grammar and structure, and even semantics (ie-the use and perception of "blue" vs. "green").

Also, in many places in the book, the author will refer to immigration during the Yayoi period as coming from "the continent" instead of specifically referring to "Korea", where most experts will agree is the point of origin for most of the immigration during this period. Although the author does infer many techniques and tools were from Korea, I did feel this point was avoided in many... Read more
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