The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 29, 2010 - Social Science - 368 pages
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With Bumiller's intimate, beautifully written portrait of a middle-class Tokyo housewife, readers finally penetrate the mysteries of the Japanese people to see how they differ from us, and how they are alike.


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THE SECRETS OF MARIKO: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family

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A levelheaded look at a ``typical'' Japanese life, narrated with grace and savvy. Washington Post feature writer Bumiller (May You Be the Mother of One Hundred Sons, 1990) moved to Japan with her ... Read full review

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While interviewing in Japan for the Washington Post in 1991-92, journalist Bumiller chronicled through an interpreter a year in the life of Mariko, "an ordinary Japanese woman," and her family and ... Read full review

Contents

From a Great Distance
3
Memories of War
31
I Forget Im a Housewife
65
The Festival of the Dead
91
The Pleasures of Summer
111
Back to School
141
Neighborhood Politics
179
Scenes from a Marriage
199
The Gingko Trees
223
Crisis
253
Marikos Secret
285
A Japanese Life
311
Acknowledgments
333
Selected Bibliography
335
Index
337
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Elisabeth Bumiller, a Washington reporter for "The New York Times," was a "Times" White House correspondent from September 10, 2001, to 2006. She is the author of "May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India "and T"he Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family." She wrote much of this book as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and as a transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, Steven R. Weisman, and two children.

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