Since the late Meiji period, Shakespeare has held a central place in Japanese literary culture. This account explores the conditions of Shakespeare's reception and assimilation. It considers the problems of translation both cultural and linguistic, and includes an extensive illustrated survey of the most significant Shakespearean productions and adaptations, and the contrasting responses of Japanese and Western critics.
"Shakespeare in Japan offers very different though equally rewarding insights into global Shakespeare." - Peter G. Platt, Studies in English Literature, Spring 2008