Murakami uses his deep understanding of Western art to integrate his work into its structure; working from the inside to portray “Japanese-ness” as a tool to bring about revolution in the world of art.
This is not the first time a Japanese acts as a cultural bridge between Japan and overseas, Okakura Kakuzô (during Meiji) and Suzuki Teitaro Daisetz (during Shôwa) also contributed to build an image of Japan and establish some guidelines on approaching their homeland. Thus, Murakami (during Heisei) would constitute a third character; a representative of the third moment of nation building. Probably, the otaku era of Japan.
Although Murakami was born in 1963, during Shôwa era (1926-1989), his early works were developed during the early 90’s. What can all this mean? This recur on guiding an approach?
Okakura and Suzuki witnessed wars like the Sino-Japanese war and WWII, where Japan was deeply involved. But now, Murakami hasn’t witnessed a war like that; on the contrary, he still claims that one can resent the consequences of WWII.