Memories of Silk and Straw: A Sel-Portrait of Small-Town Japan

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Memories of Silk and Straw: A Sel-Portrait of Small-Town Japan

By Junichi Saga
2015 | ASIN : B010EIUG7E | English | 371 Pages | EPUB | 6.4 MB

First published in Japanese in 1981, then translated into English and released by Kodansha International in 1986. Rendered out of print when the publisher ceased to exist in 2011. Re-published as an e-book in 2015.

Voted Best Book of the Year by Japan’s foreign press, a collective autobiography based on interviews taped by a provincial doctor.

“A fascinating group of people-geisha, gangster, shop-keeper, seamstress, farmer, fisherman, carter, midwife – all speaking candidly about their lives.”
-San Francisco Examiner

“The finest book on the realities of Japanese traditional life to have been published in English for a very long time – if ever.”
-Alan Booth, author of The Roads to Sata

“A sensitive portrait of a Japan known to too few in the Western world.”
-Choice

“A book to savor, a book to learn from.”
-Ronald Dore, Harvard University

“Fascinating, plainspoken, and uninhibited.”
-The Magazine

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