Isami's House: Three Centuries of a Japanese Family
"There simply is no other book like this. No other family history presents such a range of insights into the ways in which individuals, women as well ... Show synopsis "There simply is no other book like this. No other family history presents such a range of insights into the ways in which individuals, women as well as men, have had to cope with changes wrought by the social modernization of Japanese family culture."--James L. McClain, author of "Japan: A Modern History" ""Isami's House" is the chronicle of a remarkable family, neither aristocratic nor famous, whose rise and decline seem to parallel Japan's. It makes absorbing reading, affording a panoramic view of a rural family's rise to local prominence at the dawn of the modern Japanese nation state, the expansion of its presence to Tokyo and then the empire, its experience in war and defeat, and finally its postwar reconfiguration as a dispersed urban family."--Norma Field, author of "In the Realm of a Dying Emperor: A Portrait of Japan at Century's End"