Nature in Translation: Japanese Tourism Encounters the Canadian Rockies
This chapter explores how the natural landscape of the Canadian Rockies has been constructed as a utopian space in the Japanese tourist imagination. It traces the work of influential media personality and former member of the National Diet, Ōhashi Kyosen, who has promoted Canada as a Japanese leisure travel destination since the 1970s, and more recently, as a potential location for a happy retirement overseas. Ōhashi weaves cosmopolitan dreams for the middle mass to be liberated from social obligations and cultural constraints by transcending national boundaries. The “Canada” articulated by Ōhashi was a shared ground for interaction between many tourists...