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JAPAN The Dream of Water: A Memoir - ¥650 (Between Oji and Nishi-sugamo stations)

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状態 : 美品
By Kyoko Mori
ISBN 0449910431

"In 1990 author Kyoko Mori returned to her native Japan to visit the "landscape of my childhood." There--looking for the house in which her mother killed herself, running on land that was once water, and retracing childhood train trips to her grandparents' farm--she relived the memories and uncovered the secrets that unlocked her past. In The Dream of Water, a series of chapters that are themselves "small perfections," she leads us to the "larger happiness" of an autobiography that is also a work of art.

Japan is the land Mori fled as a teenager, seeking to escape from her cold, abusive father and her manipulative stepmother. It is the country she spend her adult life putting behind her, but it is also her homeland. As she searches through familiar neighborhoods and on distant islands, she is constantly aware of the culture she abandoned and the one she has adopted. Pushed by the sights and sounds of contemporary Japan into her interior world of memory and dreams, she also looks out toward the daylight land of America. A personal journey of discovery that is also an exploration of national difference, The Dream of Water explores intimate emotions that reveal profound cultural truths."

This is a story that I strongly identify with, because I came to Japan to get away from my family. When I am back in my home country I notice how strongly my life in Japan has influenced my thinking. Kyoko arrives back in Japan with the constant shock that she can not express herself freely in Japanese, the way she can in English. There are things people that simply do not say in Japan, in Japanese. Her story is among other things, a story of bi-culturalism. People who are not bi-cultural simply do not understand the real conflicts of having a foot in one culture and the other foot in a different culture!

There are many other things in her story that spoke to me very directly. I think if you are the parent of a child that is being raised bi-culturally, this might help a little. But the memoir is more that a study in living between two cultures. It also about the inability to forgive an injustice and the emotional cost of sustaining that. It is about survival (physical beatings, emotional manipulation). It is about mental health, and personal strength. And more.

I wish I had read this book 15 years ago. But I wonder if I would have been able to relate to it the same way. Was I mature enough 15 years ago to drink from it's truths and to understand how the Kyoko's story relates to me?

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Publishing Group (January 16, 1996)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.4 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.72 x 8.5 inches

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