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“Meiji at 150” Podcast Interview with Professor Andrew Bernstein

September 06, 2018

  • Andrew Bernstein, Associate Professor of History

In a recent “Meiji at 150” podcast interview (, Prof. Andrew Bernstein charts both the modernization of Japanese death practices and the nationalization of Mt. Fuji from the Meiji period (1868-1912) to today. After discussing the invention of Shinto funerals, the Meiji government’s short-lived ban on cremation, and the impact of street traffic on funeral processions, he turns to the emergence of Fuji as a national symbol and then to the development of military training grounds at its base. Prof. Bernstein also briefly describes the interdisciplinary Mt. Fuji study program that he co-led with LC geologist Elizabeth Safran in 2014 and 2017.

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