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Hard Times in the HometownA History of Community Survival in Modern Japan$
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Martin Dusinberre

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835248

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835248.001.0001

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Furusato Boom, Kaminoseki Bust

Furusato Boom, Kaminoseki Bust

(p.136) 9 Furusato Boom, Kaminoseki Bust
Hard Times in the Hometown

Martin Dusinberre

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the concept of furusato, which literally means “old village.” It can also be translated as “hometown,” a term that captures the sense of roots, tradition, and nostalgic community harmony. The chapter examines the postwar wave known as the “furusato boom,” in which city dwellers idealized rural Japan, projecting their desire for an unpolluted and “natural” environment onto supposedly unspoiled hometowns. However, it also argues that the discourses of hometown life at the local level would develop in very different ways from those crafted by consumers of the furusato boom in the cities. To study the 1970s furusato boom is more to study the experiences of people who left the hometown than of those who stayed behind.

Keywords:   furusato, furusato boom, postwar wave, hometown life, rural Japan, city dwellers

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