List of dead japanophiles

Arbitrarily excluding entrepreneurial nihonjironism (Drucker). I haven’t read Thunberg or Siebold so I don’t know if they qualify as japanophiles—if they had that bright blind feverish enthusiasm for the romanticized Other that all japanophiles must at least go through. Should Fernão Mendes Pinto be included (is there truth to the rumors that his affection for Japan was toned down by the Jesuit censors)? Should Pierre Loti? Pending verification.

Please help me complete this list.

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  1. Do you know of Fosco Maraini? He was an Italian anthropologist who worked in Japan and was then interned in a concentration camp at Nagoya for two years during WWII because he refused to swear allegiance to Mussolini. His classic is “Meeting with Japan”. Remarkable book.

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