By Joy Hendry

Pleasure Hendry's assortment demonstrates the price of an anthropological method of knowing a selected society via taking the reader via her personal discovery of the sphere, explaining her perform of it in Oxford and Japan, after which providing a variety of the implications and findings she acquired. Her paintings starts off with a learn of marriage made in a small rural neighborhood, maintains with schooling and the rearing of youngsters, and later turns to contemplate well mannered language, in particular among girls. This lead right into a learn of "wrapping" and cultural exhibit, for instance of gardens and subject matter parks, which grew to become a comparative enterprise, placing Japan in a world context. ultimately the publication sums up switch in the course of the interval of Hendry's study.

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I made a rapid and rather risky decision to take the shinkansen (bullet train) back to Maibara, where I would pick up a connection to my next port of call in Shikoku and possibly also meet the elusive professor on the train. Japanese communication skills came through with flying colors on this occasion, for I just managed to catch the next fast train, and the conductor agreed to announce the professor’s name, together with my seat number. Sure enough, the professor soon appeared, smiling, by my side.

The problem is of course compounded when there is a notion approximating ‘friendship’ amongst the people with whom an ethnographer chooses to carry out research, so that each side has preconceived, often deeply held ideas about what the relationship should involve. This chapter approaches the issue by focusing on a relationship of just this sort, which now spans nearly two decades, between the author and a member of the society where research has been carried out several times. The association started out as friendship, moved into a more or less cooperative venture in ethnographic enquiry, but eventually turned quite sour.

Later that day, when Sachiko appeared with an apology, we had our first open discussion about the turn our relations had taken. She explained that she had not realised the burden it would be living so close and, for example, my constantly enquiring about her private affairs. One particular occasion she mentioned was when I had asked her about the destination of some plants she was preparing to give away. She had not said anything directly because she was reluctant to spoil our fifteen-year friendship.

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