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Other Japan: Voices Beyond the Mainstream


Reveals another side of Japan and its people--beyond the typical images of tea ceremonies, serene gardens, Shinto shrines, and high-tech gadgets.
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Reveals another side of Japan and its people--beyond the typical images of tea ceremonies, serene gardens, Shinto shrines, and high-tech gadgets.
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A Canadian broadcaster, author, and host of the TV series The Nature of Things, Suzuki has joined with Oiwa, a Japanese anthropologist and writer to compile these fascinating interviews with diverse Japanese. The first section of the book is devoted to the legacy of the past and features interviews with war survivors. Even more interesting is the second section, which is devoted to the "other" Japanese: the Ainu, the burakumin ("untouchables"), Japanese-Koreans, the Okinawans, and activist women. The final section deals with the back-to-nature movement, organic farming, and environmental issues. The interviews, ably fleshed out with background information, give us insight into a Japan at odds with its stereotype--one filled with vibrant people struggling to force a country to recognize and exalt in its diversity rather than hide from itself and the world. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY Biography Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Suzuki, an internationally known broadcaster and host of the television series , and Oiwa, an anthropologist and translator, traveled throughout Japan interviewing men and women from all walks of life. They discovered people with a concern for peace, a passion for ancestral ways, and a determination to fight against environmental destruction. Their profiles of artists and farmers, grocers and teachers, scientists and aboriginal people show a side of Japan rarely seen in the popular Western media. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555914172
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/23/1999
  • Edition description: FULCRUM PU
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Suzuki is an international broadcaster and the host of the TV series The Nature of Things. He has received many awards including the Order of Canada and the UNESCO Kalinga award. He is the author 20 books including Metamorphosis, Wisdom of the Elders and Inventing the Future. Keibo Oiwa is an anthropologist, teacher and writer. Born in Tokyo, he studied at Cornell and lived in North America for fifteen years.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part 1 War and Peace 7
Chapter 1 The Legacy of War 9
Chapter 2 Remembering the Past 29
Chapter 3 Life Is the Treasure 51
Part 2 Japan's Diversity 69
Chapter 4 A Sense of Place 71
Chapter 5 The Original People 91
Chapter 6 Shared Blood, Different Futures 125
Chapter 7 The Korean Mirror 159
Chapter 8 Voices from the Belly 187
Part 3 Nature and Environmentalism 209
Chapter 9 Poisoned Waters 211
Chapter 10 Green Democracy 239
Chapter 11 The Food Connection 265
Chapter 12 Teaching for a Future 289
Epilogue 305
Notes and Bibliography 310
Periods in Japanese History 313
Acknowledgments 315
Index 317
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