Download PDF by Joy Hendry: An Anthropologist in Japan: Glimpses of Life in the Field

By Joy Hendry

ISBN-10: 0415195748

ISBN-13: 9780415195744

During this hugely own account pleasure Hendry relates her reviews of fieldwork in a jap city and divulges a desirable cross-section of eastern lifestyles. She units out on a learn of politeness yet various unpredictable occasions together with a volcanic eruption, a suicide and her son's involvement with the family members of a poweful neighborhood gangster, start to modify the course of her study. The booklet demonstrates the position of probability within the acquisition of anthropological wisdom and demonstrates how moments of perception should be embedded in daily task. An Anthropologist in Japan illuminates the schooling procedure, spiritual ideals, politics, the relatives and the local in smooth Japan.

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A few steps from our neighbourhood, just across the main road into town, stood the Toyama Hospital, where Takako’s husband was employed as a psychiatrist. It was a general hospital, with several specialist departments other than psychiatry, and the buildings formed a landmark familiar even to people who took their patronage elsewhere. Despite its name, the hospital was privately owned, and in a small garden to one side of the main entrance stood busts of the three men who had taken a turn at being in charge of it.

She spoke as if we had already met, and I was not entirely certain that I had not perhaps encountered her briefly during my previous visit, but I certainly had no recollection of it. In fact, she made me feel a little invaded, and I walked on towards my house in the hope of shaking her off. She clung fiercely to my side, however, pressing her conversation on me and asking questions about my presence here. I answered them as politely as I could, unwilling to upset anyone who might live locally, but I was entirely unprepared for the way she followed me into the house.

The castle itself had been constructed only a few years ago, though the name Shiroyama, meaning ‘castle hill’, suggested that it was the site of an original one. At the bottom of the hill, in the historical museum, we discovered that the name Satomi was actually that of a family line, and there had been ten generations living in this area. The first had arrived from the north in the unstable warring period of the fifteenth century, and had established a headquarters a little further south. The Satomi family had had several encounters with another local family line, known as Hojo, now the name of the central shopping area of Toyama, and their castles had been built on various sites.

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