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Village Japan: Everyday Life in a Rural Japanese Community

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In this elegiac, poignant memoir, the author, a poet and veteran translator, recounts the magical two-and-a-half years he and his wife spent living in the village of Sora, a remote, seemingly timeless farming village on the Japan Sea coast. Ritchie weaves together anecdotes, conversations, lyrical verses, and unforgettable portraits of the denizens of Sora to vividly and ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Tuttle Publishing
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Adrienne
Dec 04, 2012 Adrienne rated it did not like it
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If you want a nigh masturbatory account of an old white man's self-important "adventure" in rural Japan, of course emphasizing on the glorification of all things "traditional" and the demonization of all things "modern" and "western," this is most certainly the book for you.

I, on the other hand, struggled through a little more than half before tossing it aside (read: into my university library's return deposit) in disgust.

I shudder to think that this may be someone's first and only glimpse into
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