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By Natsume S?seki

ISBN-10: 480531141X

ISBN-13: 9784805311417

And Then, ranked as one in all Soseki Natsume's so much insightful and stirring novels, tells the tale of Daisuke, a tender eastern guy being affected by his own objective and id, in addition to the altering social panorama of Meiji-era Japan. As Japan enters the twentieth century, historical customs collapse to western beliefs, making a excellent hurricane of switch in a tradition that operates at the razor's fringe of societal legal responsibility and private freedom.

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These noren, hung at shops of all sorts, often display the name of the business and signify that the establishment is open. In the case of the bathhouse, the curtain usually has the word “yu” written either in the Chinese character or in the hiragana script. Yu means “hot water” or “bath” (except in menus at Chinese restaurants, where it means “soup”). ” Originally, furoya designated steam baths whereas yuya meant a hot water bath. During the Edo period, however, people began using the terms interchangeably as they do today.

Book Page 54 Friday, January 25, 2002 3:47 PM 54 Bathing in the Modern Era Table 2. Decline of the Public Bathhouse Year Number 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 21,802 21,961 21,242 17,559 15,172 13,256 Source: Statistics Bureau (1987:618). cent. This decline in the number of sentò is related to the increase in the number of baths in homes, of course, both of which have consequences for relationships in the family and in the community. These consequences will be discussed later. Other “Public” Baths Before looking at the development of the private bath, other forms of “public” bathing should be reviewed.

Occasionally the mats are of natural materials such as reeds that would have been common in the past; more often they are made from plastics that imitate the natural materials. These mats reflect regional preferences: in this part of Japan, mats placed on bamboo floors kept the house cooler than the solid-wood flooring found in homes in colder areas of Japan. In fact, many of the architectural differences of bathhouses are probably correlated to regional building variations. In the Osaka region, noted for its technological and industrial innovations, each facility has a number of different types of bath.

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