The Stories Clothes Tell
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The Stories Clothes Tell

Voices of Working-Class Japan
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ISBN-13:
9781442265110
Seiten:
206
Autor:
Tatsuichi Horikiri
Serie:
Asian Voices
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This compelling social history tells the stories of ordinary people in modern Japan. Tatsuichi Horikiri spent a lifetime searching out old items of clothing and oral accounts to shed light on those who used these items. He illuminates not only the often desperate lives of these people but also their hopes, aspirations, and human values.
Spanning decades of research, this compelling social history tells the stories of ordinary people in modern Japan. Tatsuichi Horikiri spent a lifetime searching out old items of clothing—ranging from everyday kimono, work clothes, uniforms, and futons to actor’s costumes, diapers, hats, aprons, and bags. Simultaneously he collected oral history accounts to shed light on those who used these items. Horikiri reveals not only the difficult and sometimes desperate lives of these people, most from the lower strata in early twentieth-century Japan, he illuminates their hopes, aspirations, and human values. He also explores such topics as textile techniques, the history of fashion, and the ethnography of clothing and related cultural phenomena.



Having been wrongly accused and tortured by the Japanese military police in China during World War II, Horikiri takes a deeply empathetic view of all those who struggle—from peasants and coal miners to traveling salesmen and itinerant performers. This personal connection sets his account apart, giving his writing great power and immediacy. Students and scholars of Japanese history, as well those interested in material culture, labor history, and feminist history, will find this book deeply illuminating.
Introduction
Notes to the Reader
Era Designation and Timeline
Map
List of Illustrations

Chapter 1 Kasuri Mattress Cover from Home
Chapter 2 Koshimaki Petticoat of 83 Patches
Chapter 3 Echigo-jishi Costume for Boy Dancer
Chapter 4 How Many Diapers?
Chapter 5 Two Hanten Field Jackets
Chapter 6 Okiboda, the Pride of Women
Chapter 7 My Teacher’s Sunday Best
Chapter 8 A Weighty Quilt
Chapter 9 Life with a Mosquito Net
Chapter 10 A Bed of Wood Shavings
Chapter 11 The Meisen the Girl Could Not Wear
Chapter 12 Dead Horse
Chapter 13 Female Coal Miners
Chapter 14 Aunties and Uncles
Chapter 15 Rich and Poor
Chapter 16 A Begging Girl
Chapter 17 Noble-minded Ladies
Chapter 18 A Gown of Leaves for the Dead
Chapter 19 Katatsuke-gasuri
Chapter 20 A Lady in a Dilapidated Mansion
Chapter 21 Female Workers in Textile Mills
Chapter 22 Forbidden Tears
Chapter 23 The Thousand-stitch Waistband
Chapter 24 The Rising Sun Kimono That She Wore
Chapter 25 Gifts from My Mother
Chapter 26 Akemi’s Song
Chapter 27 Military Uniforms and Shoes
Chapter 28 What Mompe Trousers Symbolized
Chapter 29 A White Chima Jeogori
Chapter 30 Sarasa Print Bed Quilt
Chapter 31 Hanten Story

Afterword
Acknowledgments
Term Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Supplemental Bibliography
Index