Memories of silk and straw: a self-portrait of small-town Japan

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Kodansha International, Feb 1, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
A cotton dyer, blacksmith, tofu maker, undertaker, carter, tenant farmer, local gangster, casual laborer, horse-meat butcher, official executioner, magistrate's wife, apprentice geisha, rice merchant, thatcher, carpenter, midwife, county hangman, pawnbroker, draper, fisherman, hairdresser, servant, charcoal burner share their memories to describe the old feudal Japan of fifty years ago or more.

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

This fascinating book consists of roughly 60 short recollections of life in a rural Japanese town between 1900 and World War II. They were collected, edited, and arranged by Dr. Saga in the 1970s and ... Read full review

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User Review  - nobooksnolife - LibraryThing

It's been over 20 years since I read this collection of stories, yet it is still highly recommendable for its recording of pre-WWII Japan from the oral histories of people aged 65-80 living in the area around Tsuchiura village. A good social history. Read full review


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Saga is a medical doctor with a general practice in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Lake Kasumigaura.

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