Inquiry: Culture in Japan as a culture of game and play

Dear fellow researchers,

does anyone in this network know about accounts of culture in Japan that attribute characteristics of »game« and »play« to it? Maybe some ethnographic account of the 18th or 19th century that depict Japan as »childlike«, »naive« or »pleasure-seeking« or alike? Stewart Culin in »Games of the Orient« (1894) represents a view of Japan like this in his comparison of »Western« culture(s) as »civilzed« with »Asian« culture(s) as »genuine«. All references that propose a similar (»culturalistic«) view are welcome!

Kind regards

Ralf Mueller

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