Bonchi is the story of Kikuji, the handsome and profligate heir to an established commercial house. When his father dies, young Kikuji becomes bonchi, boss of the firm. He is adroit at business but helpless at taking charge of his personal life. Domestic control has for generations been a maternal prerogative in his family. Once he passes beneath the crested banner separat...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published March 1st 1982 by University of Hawaii Press
(first published 1961)
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Set in the merchant district of Osaka in the mid-1920s to 1940s, Bonchi is the story of Kikuji, the scion of the Kawachiya family, owners of a profitable and prestigious manufacturing firm. As the only male child in the family in three generations, Kikuji is under the thumb of his grandmother Kino and his mother Sei, and even after his father dies and he becomes head of the firm, they continue to rule his personal life. The women arrange a marriage for Kikuji and, once a child is born of the mar...more