This approachable and absorbing book offers a unique window into Japanese culture and language. Highlighting the overlooked world of the "silent majority," the housewives and mothers who are the mainstay of Japanese society, this work tells the stories of ordinary women in their own voices. An annotated translation of a Japanese bestseller, the volume explores the daily communication of Japanese women and what their words tell us about their relationships and lives in a globalized, postindustrial, yet still often male-dominated Japan.
Masako Itoh is a Japanese feminist cultural critic and community activist long associated with the Kunitachi Public Community Center in Tokyo. Nobuko Adachi is assistant professor of anthropology at Illinois State University. James Stanlaw is professor of anthropology at Illinois State University.
Chapter 1: Marriage and Tradition Chapter 2: Men Chapter 3: Ourselves Chapter 4: Other Women Chapter 5: Families, Parents, and Parents-in-Law Chapter 6: Life and Society Chapter 7: Women's Social Roles and Our Behavior in Men's Society Chapter 8: Social Attitudes toward Women Chapter 9: How We Are Seen Chapter 10: What I Want to Be Chapter 11: How Society Should Be Chapter 12: Married Life Chapter 13: Social Issues Chapter 14: Nature and Beauty