"Augen-Blicke" in Japan : Schlüsselszenen der literarischen Fremdbeschreibung bei Engelbert Kaempfer, Bernhard Kellermann und Roland Barthes

Pekar, Thomas GND

In Western culture, eye contact plays a fundamental role with regards to human relations and identity. But in relation to the Japanese this fundamental role is put in question, because the Japanese concept of eye contact seems different from the Western. Three examples of Western descriptions of Japan are discussed in this paper to demonstrate this collision of Western and Japanese concepts of eye contact.

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