It adds to the understanding of prewar Japanese farming villages by presenting valuable historical data that has previously been unavailable in English. It also helps to better situate Japanese peasants in the context of global peasant culture and society, and improves understanding of developmental processes – especially in the case of 20th century Japan.
I would like to thank the daughters and other family members of Yoshida Saburō for all of their cooperation and hospitality, and for allowing me to scan and use photographs and other materials in their father’s personal collection. I am grateful to my wife, Akiko, for helping me translate Yoshida’s (1938) book and for everything else. I would also like to thank Ty Matejowsky for his comments on a draft of this paper, although I claim full responsibility for any errors or shortcomings in it. Finally, I humbly dedicate this paper to Nakamichi Yaeko, the youngest daughter of Yoshida Saburō, who departed this world on April 3, 2014, at the age of 81.
Wood, D. (2014), "Trial and Error, Study and Sweat: Yoshida Saburō’s Smallholding in Northeastern Japan, 1935", Production, Consumption, Business and the Economy: Structural Ideals and Moral Realities (Research in Economic Anthropology, Vol. 34), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 235-266. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0190-128120140000034008Download as .RIS
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