An Anthropologist in Japan: Glimpses of Life in the Field by Joy Hendry

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By Joy Hendry

During this hugely own account pleasure Hendry relates her stories of fieldwork in a jap city and divulges a desirable cross-section of jap lifestyles. She units out on a research of politeness yet a number of unpredictable occasions together with a volcanic eruption, a suicide and her son's involvement with the kin of a poweful neighborhood gangster, start to modify the course of her examine. The ebook demonstrates the position of likelihood within the acquisition of anthropological wisdom and demonstrates how moments of perception may be embedded in daily job. An Anthropologist in Japan illuminates the schooling process, non secular ideals, politics, the relatives and the local in sleek Japan.

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His son turned out to be a well-known shakuhachi player, as well as a priest, and he was subsequently to invite me to a concert in Tokyo, where I heard him perform a world première of a piece by Toru A pilgrims’ trail 35 Takemitsu, who was present in the audience. He was also to introduce me to some interesting ideas about the language of art. The ‘housewife’ I had sought was herself an accomplished koto player, whom I met at a concert, and she agreed for me to sit in on some of her classes and observe the language she used with her pupils.

We saw the cauldrons in action where 10,000 school lunches are prepared – 1,000 helpings in each of ten, with four people required at any one to coordinate effective stirring, and a total of thirty employees to conduct the whole process, including delivery, collection, and disposal of the waste to a herd of local pigs. We visited a workshop employing a group of mentally handicapped people, the Community Centre, where we were treated to a lecture on general health, and the Museum, where a splendid new display had been erected on the Satomi line.

I persisted in my quest, however, and was drawn further and further into the woods which cloaked the hillside. The trail led downhill again for a while, and the path seemed to curve around, but the numbers on the statues continued to climb. There was no recent evidence of offerings, and the undergrowth threatened to swallow up some of the route, which was also heavily draped with spiders’ webs, but it seemed a shame to turn back, once started. At one point I lost the track, but came across a small hut, possibly built as a retreat, and I approached it nervously in case there was someone inside.

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