In case anyone is interested, this book (which is Open Access) seems to cover a lot of ground: https://muse.jhu.edu/book/33578
Also gonna see if I can track down a copy of this: https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691000305/the-culture-of-the-meiji-period
Still open to suggestions, if anyone knows of something similar.
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