By Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto (Charles E Tuttle, Publisher)
At the beginning of the Meiji Era, Japan saw many changes. The samurai class began losing its power. New ideas and new customs were introduced and modified everyday life. The author of this book was the daughter of a powerful samurai in Northern Japan (Niigata). She recalls her life and her education following Japanese tradition, but also how her family reacted to new ideas. For example, she remembers the first time they ate meat: the home shrine and temple had to be protected with white paper from the pollution that would be brought into the home. Later she followed her husband to America where she discovered foreign customs. Her life abroad gave her the opportunity to think about her own culture and to discover some amusing details... This book, written by a Japanese woman who lived abroad, gives many interesting insights into Japanese traditions. It is available at the Tsukuba Public Library in the foreign book corner (labelled T156).
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