New PDF release: 36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan

By Cathy N. Davidson

In 1980 Cathy N. Davidson traveled to Japan to coach English at a number one all-women’s college. It was once the 1st of many trips and the start of a deep and abiding fascination. during this remarkable publication, Davidson depicts a chain of intimate moments and small epiphanies that jointly make up a wide ranging view of Japan. With wit, candor, and a lover’s willing eye, she tells fascinating 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 conventional ideas are suspended. On a distant island inhabited by way of one of many final matriarchal societies on the earth, a disconcertingly down-to-earth priestess leads her to the center of a sacred grove. and she or he spends a number of unforgettable weeks in a quasi-Victorian place of abode referred to as the perform residence, the place, until eventually lately, jap girls have been taught American customs so they could make right better halves for husbands who should 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 college the place she taught.

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

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