By Alan Macfarlane
This unique and forever wonderful e-book takes us on an exploration into each element of jap society from the main public to the main intimate.
A sequence of meticulous investigations progressively uncovers the multi-faceted nature of a rustic and those who are much more amazing than they seem.
Our trip encompasses faith, ritual, martial arts, manners, consuming, consuming, scorching baths, geishas, kin, domestic, making a song, wrestling, dancing, appearing, clans, schooling, aspiration, sexes, generations, race, crime, gangs, terror, battle, kindness, cruelty, cash, paintings, imperialism, emperor, nation-state, urban, politics, executive, legislation and a language that varies in response to whom you're conversing.
Clear-sighted, chronic, affectionate, unsentimental and sincere - Alan Macfarlane exhibits us Japan because it hasn't ever been visible ahead of.
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Sex has long been a very important part of human life. As specialists in this area, the sex workers of the middle ages were able to form a guild, though their status gradually declined and by the nineteenth century they were corralled into particular districts on the edges of cities such as the yoshiwara in Tokyo. We can see that there is an ancient technique of showing the body to men, and very detailed sex techniques at a really professional level. In Japan, women consider their bodies to be their own, to do with as they like, so being a sex worker is not considered shameful and certainly not sinful.
Indb 23 13/5/08 16:34:36 24 japan through the looking glass One opposition is between the Chinese and the native ways of representing and establishing beauty. From the seventh century, China and Korea were the predominant influences. Their golds and reds, their classical forms and symbols, their Buddhist-inspired conceptions of beauty, all shaped Japanese sensibility over a thousand years. However, their effect was altered in the medieval period, when new, reformed and puritanical forms of Buddhism, especially Zen, swept through Japan and a more subdued, minimalist, asymmetrical and austere taste was established.
The most comfortable thing in the world. Once a year, usually in May, people tend to go to hot springs, but they are not relaxing if one has lots of things to do. One needs to prepare oneself and forget everything, forget all human relations. People should behave modestly, talk about the landscape. indb 34 13/5/08 16:34:38 culture shock 35 We were told that it is important to place the bath, if possible, near to nature, in other words outside, near a forest or glade, or (as in a hotel we stayed in which had a bath filled with scented apples) with a window looking out on snowy mountains.