Modernity, Technology and Global Culture
The approaches in this collection are manifold. Some chapters examine the themes of modernity, technology and Japan’s global experience though popular culture, from reggae to football, from television to film. Other topics include coffee, travel, economics, cultural politics and technological innovation in the field of robotics. All of the contributions aim to show how these global interactions have occurred and continue to take place in twenty-first-century Japan.
Café Society in Japan: Global Coffee and Urban Space
In Japan coffee is normal; the most common of social beverages – more so than tea. It is of the wider world as well as one of the earliest globalizing commodities and currently trades second only to petroleum. From its first uses in North Africa to the present, it has been on the move and quickly has become a local beverage. However, coffee has always had to travel considerable distances to become an ordinary part of life for most of us: the major consuming countries are not, except for Brazil, major producing countries. Coffee’s markets are diverse and continue to grow as consumers are educated to want more choices and to respond to trends in taste and place.
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