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 educate English at a number one all-women’s collage. It used to be the 1st of many trips and the start of a deep and abiding fascination. during this remarkable ebook, 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 eye-catching 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 conventional principles are suspended. On a distant island inhabited through one of many final matriarchal societies on the planet, a disconcertingly down-to-earth priestess leads her to the center of a sacred grove. and he or she spends a couple of unforgettable weeks in a quasi-Victorian place of dwelling referred to as the perform condo, the place, till lately, eastern girls have been taught American customs in order that they may make right better halves for husbands who should be stationed in another country. In an afterword new to this version, Davidson tells of a poignant journey again to Japan in 2005 to go to associates 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 collage 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. frequently humorous, occasionally liltingly unhappy, it really is as intimate and impossible to resist as a long-awaited letter from a very good friend.

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