The Nature of the BeastsIan Jarred Miller, professor of Japanese history at Harvard University, was recently interviewed on New Books in East Asian Studies about his new book, The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo. In this eye-opening study of Japan’s first modern zoo, Tokyo’s Ueno Imperial Zoological Gardens, opened in 1882, Miller offers a refreshingly unconventional narrative of Japan’s rapid modernization and changing relationship with the natural world.

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