Other Japan: Voices Beyond the Mainstream

Other Japan: Voices Beyond the Mainstream

by David Suzuki, Keibo Oiwa
     
 

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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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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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Library Journal
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.
Booknews
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 (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555914172
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
07/23/1999
Edition description:
FULCRUM PU
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(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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