|dc.description.abstract||Nosatsu is both a graphic art object and a religious object.
Until very recently, scholars have ignored nosatsu because of its
associations with superstition and low-class, uneducated hobbyists.
Recently, however, a new interest in nosatsu has revived because of
its connections to ukiyo-e. Early in its history, nosatsu was regarded
as a means of showing devotion toward the bodhisattva Kannon. However,
during the Edo period, producing artistic nosatsu was emphasized more
than religious devotion. There was a revival of interest in nosatsu
during the Meiji and Taisho periods, and its current popularity
suggests a national Japanese nostalgia toward traditional Japan.
Using the religious, anthropological, and art historical perspectives,
this theses will examine nosatsu and the practices associated with it,
discuss reasons for the changes from period to period, and explore the
heritage and the changing values of the Japanese common people.||en_US