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Unbeaten Tracks in Japan by Isabella L. Bird
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Aug 06, 14

bookshelves: japan, history, biography
Read from February 18 to March 16, 2011

The back cover blurb rightly lauds Bird as a feminist pioneer and astute observer of rural Japanese life in the late 19th century; however, the blurb doesn't mention Bird's embarrasing attitude towards the majority of those people (with the exception of the Ainu). She describes people in dehumanising terms (such as "creatures"), and consistently talks about how ugly and wretched and diseased they are. I suppose it's too much to expect cultural relativism from her era, but I found many parts of the book to be pretty distasteful.
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