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Book Review: Memories Of Silk And Straw

Author: Nicolas Delerue, Issue: April 2004, Topic: Books, Japanese Culture

by Dr. Junichi Saga, published by Kodansha

How were people living around Tsukuba one century ago? A doctor from Tsuchiura has recorded stories about the life of his patients when they were young. Things have changed a lot from the Meiji period until today. Each of these stories reminds us that people living here at the beginning of the 20th century were often very poor and eating white rice was a luxury that they could afford only on special occasions. From the life of a yakuza to that of a Geisha, from the skills of the fishermen to those of the tofu maker, this books gives us glimpses on how life was here less than 50 years before the Science City.

This book is available at Tsukuba Library in the foreign books corner under reference 382.1S

<< Science News: April 2004 | Master Index | Driving in Japan >>


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