Yonaoshi (世直し、よなおし, world renewal/repair/remaking) is a Japanese term that first appeared in the context of peasant uprisings in the mid-19th century and signified the resto- ration and/or recreation of the world in an ideal form. In the years since, it has been used to evoke a variety of ideas for fixing, redirecting, or recreating all or part of human society. Aris- ing from a specifically Japanese context, the term nonetheless resonates with experiences and thought among people and in settings around the world.
This volume brings together scholars working in such diverse fields as anthropology, art history, literature, history, and philosophy and focusing their research on regions across the world to discuss Yonaoshi in a diverse variety of contexts – temporal, spatial, disciplinary – and the global connections it reveals.