The Budding Tree
Translated by Ian MacDonald
This Naoki Prize–winning work is a personal yet precise account of the lives of working women in the Edo period (1600–1868).
In the latter half of the Edo period, the warrior caste was finding itself pushed out of the top echelons of society by the rising merchant class, and repeated famines swept the countryside. Against this backdrop, a small number of women vigorously built themselves independent lives with unusual careers—working as designers of ornamental hairpins, or even scribes—in the male-dominated society of the day. The stories in The Budding Tree recount the conditions in which these women lived.
Nb of pages 161 p.
Publication Date 17 January 2008
Nb of pages 161
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The students who had just begun school the previous year were reciting their multiplication tables. Beside them the third-year pupils were leafing through their practice ledgers and entering figures on abacuses. During the morning’s lesson they practiced writing Chinese characters and numerals, copying out dates and shop names, like so:
October 1 – Edoya
Japanese author Kitahara depicts in these six tales the plight of single women struggling for success in early-to-mid-19th-century Japan. These young women protagonists are gifted artists or fledgling entrepreneurs who have lost the protection of men, either by the death of fathers or divorce from husbands, and dare to make a name on their own, often with dire consequences. In the title story, owner
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Genres : Fiction : East Asia and Pacific
Genres : Fiction : Short Stories
Countries : Japan