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Celebration of seasonally based holidays and festivals in Japan: a study in cultural adaptation

Steven L. Renshaw
2011 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
The way in which Japan adopted methods and practices related to celebrations of seasonally based holidays and festivals provides an interesting study in how one culture may incorporate and modify the astronomically related practices of another. This article explores this process by looking at: (1) astronomical bases of seasonal celebration in Japan, (2) Japanese values and adaptations of imported icons and practices, (3) changes in celebratory practice due to adoption of 'Western' methods, and
more » ... tern' methods, and (4) observation in modern Japan.
doi:10.1017/s1743921311012749 fatcat:q5igoppqlfcqfpyhff6pcfzlc4