By Donald Richie
"Earns its position at the very brief shelf of books on Japan which are of everlasting value."—Times Literary complement.
"Richie is a fantastic go back and forth author; the publication shines with vibrant witticisms, deft characterizations of fisherfolk, retailers, priests and wistful teens, and willing comparisons of Japanes and Western culture." —San Francisco Chronicle
"A discovered, superbly paced elegy."—London evaluation of Books
Sheltered among Japan’s significant islands lies the Inland Sea, a spot modernity glided by. during this vintage shuttle memoir, Donald Richie embarks on a quest to discover Japan’s undying middle between its mysterious waters and forgotten islands. This variation positive factors an creation by means of Pico Iyer, pictures from the award-winning PBS documentary, and a brand new afterword. First released in 1971, The Inland Sea is a lucid, soft voyage of discovery and self-revelation.
Donald Richie is the main authority on jap tradition and cinema with forty+ books in print.
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KM: The period of life regarded as most valuable in Japan is from middle school to high school. This is the period of adolescence, of youth, that is the most pure. The world seems to be so full of promise, you know? Everyone has hopes and dreams, which they have not yet compromised by joining the institutional culture of the salaryman society. Two things seem universal. One, this is the time when people start to fall in love, and two, everyone is wearing a school uniform. orm. The uniform is really ambiguous in Japan.
COURT ESY OTS UKA EI JI PG: Why do you think the media’s panicked reporting about Miyazaki Tsutomu brought about such a negative reaction to otaku subculture? indd 42 13/2/14 10:08 AM COURTESY OTSUKA EIJI 43 Manga Burikko were gruesome and shocking. They needed to be explained in a way that made sense to the Japanese, who are proud of the relatively low instance of vio-lent crime in their country. The 1980s wass a time when new media was emerging, and society was perplexed. There was no Internet yet, but there were computers, VCRs, videogames, and so on.
OE: It came later. In 1989, a guy named Miyazaki Tsutomu killed four little girls. Because he had COURTESY OTSUKA EIJI word used between married couples. There is another secondperson pronoun, kimi, but the relationship suggested by the term is too intimate. As a result, fans used the term otaku, which is a sort of honorific, somewhat ambiguous second-person pronoun. Nakamori saw young people referring to one another using the term otaku, which sounds a little eccentric, especially when used by men, and used the term to ridicule them.
The Inland Sea by Donald Richie