By Satsuki Kawano, Glenda S. Roberts, Susan Orpett Long
This well timed quantity addresses basic questions very important to knowing Japan within the first decade of the twenty-first century. Its chapters jointly display a wondering of middle-class beliefs as soon as thought of the essence of Japaneseness. some time past 20 years jap society has obvious a pointy bring up in precarious sorts of employment, larger divorce charges, and a widening hole among haves and have-nots. members draw on wealthy, nuanced fieldwork info gathered in the course of the 2000s to check paintings, education, relations and marital kin, baby rearing, leisure, way of life offerings, neighborhood aid, intake and waste, fabric tradition, healthiness, getting older, dying and memorial rites, and sexuality.
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Back in those days it was popular in TV dramas to feature young brides. We called them osanazuma—young wives, right? ” Although Sachi was younger than average for her cohort, twenty-one was not an unusually young marriage age for someone who had been in the workforce since age fifteen. Furthermore, she had already passed the age of twenty, the legal marker of adulthood. ” Although she had been earning a living since graduating from junior high school, Sachi remained living with her parents as was the custom (and still largely is the custom, especially for younger women).
Moreover, if Sachi had been a homemaker and had had the time to push her 44 Glenda S. Roberts children to study, she may not have done so because she always said she wanted them to grow up carefree. The desire to have children be carefree is not limited to the working class; I have heard many middle- and upper-middle-class parents voice doubts about forcing their children to prepare for public high school entrance exams. The difference is that some middle-class parents with means have more options to avoid the exam hell by enrolling their children in “escalator” private schools, which start at kindergarten and go through high school.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, he would make dinner and do everything for Sachi. Masaji had also been walking the dog when the children were in elementary school, but Sachi took over this task because it was becoming increasingly difficult for Masaji as his illness progressed. Instead of walking the dog, Masaji would make boxed lunches for the children, which they needed when they began junior high. Although making boxed lunches is iconically a mother’s job (Allison 1991; Roberts 2011), Sachi was happy to relinquish this chore: He really made nice ones [boxed lunches].