36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan by Cathy N. Davidson

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 awesome publication, 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 an exciting night spent traveling the “Floating World,” the sensual demimonde during which salaryman meets geisha and the traditional ideas are suspended. On a distant island inhabited via one of many final matriarchal societies on the planet, a disconcertingly down-to-earth priestess leads her to the guts of a sacred grove. and she or he spends a couple of unforgettable weeks in a quasi-Victorian place of dwelling referred to as the perform condo, the place, until eventually lately, jap girls have been taught American customs so they might make right other halves for husbands who could be stationed overseas. In an afterword new to this version, Davidson tells of a poignant journey again to Japan in 2005 to go to buddies who had remade their lives after the good 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 photograph 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 very good friend.

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