Coffee Life in Japan: (California Studies in Food and Culture 36)
Merry White (Author)
This fascinating book - part ethnography, part memoir - traces Japan's vibrant cafe society over one hundred and thirty years. Merry White traces Japan's coffee craze from the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan helped to launch the Brazilian coffee industry, to the present day, as uniquely Japanese ways with coffee surface in Europe and America. White's book takes up themes as diverse as gender, privacy, perfectionism, and urbanism. She shows how coffee and coffee spaces have been central to the formation of Japanese notions about the uses of public space, social change, modernity, and pleasure. White describes how the cafe in Japan, from its start in 1888, has been a place to encounter new ideas and experiments in thought, behavior, sexuality , dress, and taste. It is where a person can be socially, artistically, or philosophically engaged or politically vocal. It is also, importantly, an urban oasis, where one can be private in public. 23 b-w photographs
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About the Author
Merry White is Professor of Anthropology at Boston University and is the author of many books, including Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval (UC Press) and The Japanese Overseas.
- Contributor: Merry White
- Imprint: University of California Press
- ISBN13: 9780520271159
- Number of Pages: 240
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x18mm
- Packaged Weight: 318
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Release Date: 2012-05-04
- Series: California Studies in Food and Culture
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Merry White is Professor of Anthropology at Boston University and is the author of many books, including Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval (UC Press) and The Japanese Overseas.
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