Japanese Nationalism in Okinawan Literature

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Japanese Nationalism in Okinawan Literature
The theme of nationalism has been consistent in a lot of Japanese literature and film and
this has been so due to the unique nature and transitions experienced by the Japanese people
during the various centuries and decades. Two stories highlight nationalism in two different
ways. Medoruma Shun’s Hope (1999) and Sakiyama Tami’s Island Confinement (1990) present
two different approaches to nationalism in the Japanese culture centered in the 20th century and
provide an opportunity to understand how Japanese people identified with their homeland. The
history of Japan has been dramatic and painful and even in modern times, the homeland has been
a place of much controversy for various people. By looking at these stories, the story of
dispossession and pain as part of nationalism and identity in the Japanese culture is highlighted.
The Japanese literature highlighted here shows that the definition of Japanese culture for many
people has been one mixed with the pain of homeland dispossession and displacement by the
foreigner.
Nationalism can start being viewed in the lens of these articles by looking into the
Japanese culture prior to the war. First, although the culture of Japan before then has not been
highlighted, there are sufficient clues to show that there was a general deterioration of the
position of Japanese people in enjoying their culture from the earlier decades of the century to
the later. During the beginning of Meiji periods, Japanese people were keen on isolating foreign
interference and ensuring that a nationalist idea was installed. This was through the cultural

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values and even the education system and also state Shintoism. This focus was on developing a
nationalist state where uniformity was expected and the purity of national beliefs as well as a
priority. At the beginning of the century, therefore, Japanese nationalism was characterized by
the national pride and the struggle to maintain authenticity and purity. However, this would
change later.
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