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4.0 out of 5 stars A charming and exploratory collection, February 21, 2011
This review is from: Living Japan (Hardcover)
This collection of short personal essays by regular people in Japan is about various aspects of their lives. For instance, one man laments that he can only have one egg per day; another is about a mother who is surprised to find out that her sons remember her ritual of patting them on the head every morning. Many of the essays are by old people about their lives, which I think is a good thing. For some reason the lives of old people are rarely media-ized; reading a little about them makes old age feel less scary for some reason (not that I'll be "old" anytime soon). Overall I really liked this collection, and it made me wonder how the writers agreed on personal writing instruction--the style of the essays seemed a bit different from American personal essays for some reason.

The essays were very easy to read and gave some insight into Japanese culture (the essay about a man's grandfather believing that the emperor was a god was particularly striking). A few were really touching. I read my library's copy; I don't think I would have paid $90 for this book... but it's definitely worth reading for those interested in Japanese culture.
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