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Cathy N. Davidson's 36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan PDF

By Cathy N. Davidson

In 1980 Cathy N. Davidson traveled to Japan to educate English at a number one all-women’s collage. It was once the 1st of many trips and the start of a deep and abiding fascination. during this outstanding booklet, Davidson depicts a chain of intimate moments and small epiphanies that jointly make up a breathtaking view of Japan. With wit, candor, and a lover’s willing eye, she tells desirable stories—from that of a Buddhist funeral weighted down with ritual to a thrilling night spent traveling the “Floating World,” the sensual demimonde within which salaryman meets geisha and the traditional ideas are suspended. On a distant island inhabited by means of one of many final matriarchal societies on the earth, a disconcertingly down-to-earth priestess leads her to the guts of a sacred grove. and he or she spends a number of unforgettable weeks in a quasi-Victorian place of abode referred to as the perform residence, the place, till lately, jap girls have been taught American customs in order that they may make right better halves for husbands who may be stationed overseas. In an afterword new to this version, Davidson tells of a poignant journey again to Japan in 2005 to go to neighbors who had remade their lives after the nice Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, which had devastated town of Kobe, in addition to the small city the place Davidson had lived and the collage the place she taught.

36 perspectives of Mount Fuji not just transforms our picture of Japan, it deals a stirring examine the very nature of tradition and identification. frequently humorous, occasionally liltingly unhappy, it's as intimate and impossible to resist as a long-awaited letter from a very good friend.

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