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On the trail of The Last Samurai (III) : Himeji and Kagoshima

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Title: On the trail of The Last Samurai (III) : Himeji and Kagoshima
Authors: Seaton, Philip1 Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Authors(alt): シートン, フィリップ1
Keywords: film location tourism
contents tourism
heritage tourism
Saigō Takamori
The Last Samurai
Issue Date: 19-Mar-2019
Publisher: Center for Advanced Tourism Studies, Hokkaido University
Journal Title: International Journal of Contents Tourism
Volume: 4
Start Page: 32
End Page: 44
Abstract: This research note is part three of a three-part series documenting fieldwork at sites related to the 2003 film The Last Samurai. It contrasts the two major sites in Japan that experienced increased tourism levels as a result of the film: the shooting locations in Himeji and heritage sites in Kagoshima related to the ‘real last samurai’, Saigō Takamori. Despite the film being only very loosely based on Saigō’s life, the tourism impacts were greatest in Kagoshima, in other words the place where contents tourism relating to the actual history of ‘the last samurai’ (Saigō) occurred, and not in Himeji, where film tourism relating to The Last Samurai (the film) occurred. Comparison with the levels of tourism at shooting locations in New Zealand (in part I and part II of the article series) demonstrates a similar pattern: the tourism impacts were greatest in the country depicted in the film rather than the country where the film was made.
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Appears in Collections:International Journal of Contents Tourism > Volume 4

Submitter: 山村 高淑

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