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Village Japan : everyday life in a rural Japanese community.
Ritchie, Malcolm.
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Rutland, Vt. : Charles E. Tuttle ; Enfield : Airlift, 1999.
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239 pages ; 18 cm
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DS822.5 .R58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This work presents a poignant account of life in the rural Japanese countryside. Weaving together anecdotes, conversations, lyrical verses, and unforgettable portraits, Malcolm Ritchie evokes a culture and a way of life that is on the verge of extinction.

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Library Journal Review

In the nooks and crannies of fast-paced contemporary Japan, an older way of life barely survives in remote rural communities. In the mid-1990s, British author Ritchie and his Japanese wife sojourned for more than two years in Sora, a fishing and farming village on the Japan Sea coast peopled mostly by the elderly. Through his own rambles around the countryside and conversations with his neighbors, whose foibles and idiosyncrasies he sketches sympathetically, Ritchie steeped himself in local customs, festivals, lore, and religious practices centered on Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Although his book is filled with keen observation and fascinating detail, it is not an anthropologist's village studyÄit is a Buddhist meditation, an elegy. In tones of gentle reproof, Ritchie laments the imminent loss of a holistic way of life that connected community and cosmos. This beautiful book belongs in public and academic libraries.ÄSteven I. Levine, Univ. of Montana, Missoula (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.