Inexpressible thanks go to the Japanese women who have continued to open their hearts and minds to me and have made this book possible. I am also very grateful to the people in Japan who support me beyond the call of duty in my work there; I value their friendships and insights: Ogawaguchi Teruyo, Takagi Mizue, Ota Sachiko, and Sarukawa Shinichi.
I extend my appreciation to the Japan Foundation, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies, and Oregon State University’s Humanities Center, Department of Anthropology, and School of Language, Culture, and Society for supplying the money and time to accomplish this endeavor. Thanks to my colleagues in anthropology for their support and to my editor at the University of Hawai‘i Press, Pat Crosby, whose flexibility and patience I appreciate.
I am grateful to my children, Elise, Ted, and Laura, who always give me ideas to chew on and helped me with the title for this book. Perhaps they realize that because of my experience with these Japanese women I understand the paths of my children as emerging adults a bit better. Last, I am forever indebted to my husband, Clint Morrison, for his affection over forty years and his good-humored endurance and support of my academic pursuits.