“Meiji at 150” Podcast Interview with Professor Andrew Bernstein
September 06, 2018
In a recent “Meiji at 150” podcast interview (https://meijiat150.podbean.com/e/episode-54-dr-andrew-bernstein/), 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.