Japanese paddy field landscapes: A cross-cultural examination of scenic preferences

dc.contributor.advisorBrown, Robert
dc.contributor.advisorYokohari, Makoto
dc.contributor.advisorFitzSimons, John
dc.contributor.authorLoeliger, Jennifer Blankenburg
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-26T15:14:18Z
dc.date.available2021-01-26T15:14:18Z
dc.date.copyright2001
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Landscape Architectureen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Landscape Architectureen_US
dc.description.abstractThrough an investigation of similarities and differences between Japanese and Canadian subjects' aesthetic preferences for typical Japanese paddy field landscapes, this cross-cultural study examined the local versus universal value of threatened Japanese agricultural landscapes. Results revealed far more preference variations than similarities. These between-group differences support suggestions that because landscape preferences are influenced by "learned" factors like familiarity, experience, or culture, dissimilar cultural groups will often exhibit dissimilar preferences. However, one type of Japanese paddy field landscape, the "Wide Mountain Area", elicited equally positive responses from the Japanese and Canadian subject groups. This exceptional similarity additionally supports suggestions that certain landscape preferences are commonly shared and exist, despite group differences, beneath layers of cultural influences at deeper, perhaps "innate", levels of aesthetic response. The Japanese paddy field landscapes that elicit similar local and extra-local preferences may, therefore, represent universally valued landscapes especially worthy of both immediate and continuing conservation efforts.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/24016
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectJapaneseen_US
dc.subjectCanadianen_US
dc.subjectaesthetic preferencesen_US
dc.subjectJapanese paddy field landscapeen_US
dc.subjectlocal valueen_US
dc.subjectuniversalen_US
dc.subjectJapanese agricultural landscapesen_US
dc.titleJapanese paddy field landscapes: A cross-cultural examination of scenic preferencesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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