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Down and Out in Late Meiji Japan

James L. Huffman


This work examines the daily lives of Japan’s very poor—the kasō shakai or underclass—during the last half of the Meiji era (1868-1912). Focusing on urban slums (hinminkutsu), it attempts to understand how poor people themselves experienced life. After examining the dominant popular views of hinmin or poor people in this era as a baseline, the author looks at what brought masses of hinmin to the cities, where they lived, and what work they did: everything from pulling rickshaws to making textiles, from carrying night soil to providing sex. It looks too at the daily challenges of stretching bud ... More

Keywords: Meiji era, Kasō shakai, Hinmin, Poverty, Hinminkutsu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780824872915
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824872915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James L. Huffman, author
Wittenberg University (emeritus)