(PDF) The Secrets of Mariko A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family BY Elisabeth Bumiller


Uld love to be out walking about on own finding each house snatching glances into people s lives This book was a great find Thi b Elizabeth Bumiller each house and snatching glances into people s lives This book was a great find Thi b Elizabeth Bumiller written a fascinating book about one year in the life of a contemporary Japanese family She had extraordinary access to the family and worked with an interpreter I was a little surprised at how Bumiller inserted her own criticisms of The Japanese Culture Into The Book Rather Than Just Recording Japanese culture into the book rather than just recording observations The central focus was on Mariko the wife of the family but Bumiller also explored the lives of the other family members a husband three children and Mariko s two aging parents The fascinating part was learning about the customs and s of a middle class Japanese life in the late 20th century The picture Bumiller painted was uite ark and unappealing to my Western sensibilities I was able to warm up to the family members but found nothing in their lives to envy I ve always loved the Japanese artistic aesthetic their fine and Falling For A Boss decorative arts but found none of that in theaily life of these people That was curious Journalist and author Elizabeth Bumiller writes a fascinating book in The Secrets of Mariko Part of its fascination is that it explores the life of a ordinary Japanese woman in a very personal way not trying to make a huge sociological statement with the study but to make the life of this woman open for all to have empathy forBumiller was in Japan for a few years on assignment with her husband and family and had heard so much about the life of the normal Japanese housewife that she set out to chronicle it to find out if it was as bad as many people said She found her typical housewife in Mariko and met with her for ov. PTA meetings bicker with her teenagers and pursue independence through her part time job they come to see Mariko as someone whose Basics of successful agriculture in the tropics dreams andisappointments mirror our ,

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The Secrets of Mariko A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her FamilyThis book etails how many responsibilities a traditional Japanese woman endures I have to put that word in uotes because women of Mariko s mother s and grandmother s generation probably in uotes because women of Mariko s mother s and grandmother s generation probably harder than Marikophysical labor at least This book etails how both men and women in Japan are stressed It is no wonder that the population of Japan is stagnating and is expected to They Hear Me Crying Now! (The True Story of Child Abuse Continued) - Child Abuse True Stories declinerastically becoming a crisis Who will look after the elderly This is just one reason though Others include an unbalanced work life culture In Japan men live to work instead of work to live Also housing prices are terribly highThis book was written in the early 1990s so an updated case study would be helpful Japan has changed and will continue to Mobilizing Islam do so Will Japan make it easier for married couples to have children or will they brings in foreign workersor will the population be cut in half by mid century SO MANY FEELINGS This book was fascinating to me and asifficult to put own as a novel at times What genius to one modern ordinary Japanese woman s life to explore the social fabric of Japan This book provides a eep glimpse into marriage expectations familial obligation benevolent fascism conformism fabric of Japan This book provides a eep glimpse into marriage expectations familial obligation benevolent fascism conformism consensus culture that support the structure of Japanese society It was interesting to hear of the Japanese opinion on Americans as well Great book to read if you re interested in learning about cross cultural social ynamics Mariko is a middle class Japanese housewife whose life was chronicled for one year by the author There were a few surprises although there is little crime there are plenty of antagonisms in Japan Mariko and her husband had both been unfaithful in the past although the grandparents live. As it follows a Japanese housewife named Mariko Tanaka over the course of a year The Secrets of Mariko transcends reportage to yield the kind of human insights we expect. .
With the family the children barely speak to them and Mariko resents having to care for them etc I wouldn t recommend the book and I can t remember where I read the favorable review which caused me to pick it up Great book about the life of ordinary Japanese woman Not a good book for entertainment value but it presents information in a readable way If you re interested in learning some interesting facts about Japanese culture I would suggest this book but that s about as far I would go Mariko that s about as far as I go Mariko secret she had an affair Oh yeah spoiler alert This go Mariko secret she had an affair Oh yeah spoiler alert This was a reading assignment in college some 20 years back As a young person then I found this book Alien Zookeeper's Abduction dry because I was expecting a fictitious adventure of Mariko 20 years on I found this book rich inissecting the Japanese culture Appreciate the sociological perspective of the writer who wrote with such honesty on how she viewed Japanese through her interaction with Mariko and the community whom was an integral part of Mariko s life Glad I revisited this book as a matured reader and someone who was eually fascinated with the Japanese This is totally my kind of thing The author spends a year closely observing and interviewing Mariko with the help of an interpreter You really get to know Mariko in a personnal way I wanted the whole book to be about Mariko and her life but the author needed to Tyral (Mated to the Alien, do a lot of explaining about Japanese society and give all the backround on the whys and hows and all I have all that info already being such a nut for all things Japanese But the intimate look into the life of a typical Japanese woman much like myself in many ways was so interesting My favorite part was the meter reading That would be myream job I wo. From literature Meet Mariko a cheerful overscheduled woman who cares for three children two aging parents and an unresponsive husband As readers watch Mariko take part in.