The Great Kanto Earthquake and the Culture of Catastrophe and Reconstruction in 1920s Japan

  title={The Great Kanto Earthquake and the Culture of Catastrophe and Reconstruction in 1920s Japan},
  author={J. Charles Schencking},
  journal={The Journal of Japanese Studies},
  pages={295 - 331}
  • J. Schencking
  • Published 24 July 2008
  • History
  • The Journal of Japanese Studies
This article explores the Great Kanto Earthquake as a window into Japan of the 1920s and examines how this disaster was interpreted and used for political, ideological, and social ends. I suggest that a wide cross-section of commentators described the disaster as an act of divine punishment to admonish Japan’s subjects for leading what many claimed were self-centered, immoral, and extravagant lifestyles. I further argue that the disaster nurtured a strong sense that Japan possessed an… 

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