A Paper by Professor Toshio Kawai Has Been Republished in the Book, ‘Cultural Complexes in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan: Spokes of the Wheel’
A paper by Prof. Toshio Kawai, entitled “Postmodern Consciousness in the Novels of Haruki Murakami: An Emerging Cultural Complex,” has been republished in the book ‘Cultural Complexes in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan: Spokes of the Wheel’ by Routledge (previously in ‘The Cultural Complex’ by Routledge in 2004). His paper discusses postmodern consciousness contrasted with modern consciousness, which is characterized by self-reflection.
According to Prof. Kawai, the postmodern world is characterized by a lack of functioning symbolism and a tendency to make direct connections to sex and violence. This trend can also be seen in various works by Haruki Murakami.
This book is part of a series about culture and kokoro, edited by Tomas Singer, a Jungian analyst and psychiatrist active in San Francisco. A discussion by Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka is also included in this book.