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While others have used income levels to conclude that the Japanese household was relatively poor in those centuries, Hanley examines the material culture—food, sanitation, housing, and transportation. How did ordinary people conserve the limited resources available in this small island country? What foods made up the daily diet and how were they prepared? How were human wastes disposed of? How long did people live? Hanley answers all these questions and more in an accessible style and with frequent comparisons with Western lifestyles. Her methods allow for cross-cultural comparisons between Japan and the West as well as Japan and the rest of Asia. They will be useful to anyone interested in the effects of modernization on daily life.
Excerpted from Everyday Things in Premodern Japan by Susan B. Hanley Excerpted by permission.
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|1||The Level of Physical Well-Being in Tokugawa Japan||1|
|2||Housing and Furnishings||25|
|3||A Resource-Efficient Culture||51|
|4||A Healthful Lifestyle||77|
|5||Urban Sanitation and Physical Well-Being||104|
|6||Demographic Patterns and Well-Being||129|
|7||Stability in Transition: From the Tokugawa Period to the Meiji Period||155|
|8||Physical Well-Being: A Comparative Perspective||176|