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Author: Ronald P. Toby

Identity is a psychic sense of place. It’s a way of knowing that I’m not a rock or that tree. I’m this other living creature over here…. I am not necessarily what’s around me. I become separate from that even though I’m a part of that. And it’s being able to make those differentiations clearly

In: Engaging the Other: 'Japan' and Its Alter-Egos, 1550-1850
Author: Ronald P. Toby

Ieyasu was enshrined as a Shinto—that is, “native”—deity, the architectural and iconographic program of his shrine largely ignored Japan, instead situating him, like the emperors in Kyoto, in juxtaposition to the Others he was to control. In life, after all, his official title had been Sei-i taishōgun

In: Engaging the Other: 'Japan' and Its Alter-Egos, 1550-1850