I'm Married to Your Company! Everyday Voices of Japanese Women

ISBN-10: 0742554643
ISBN-13: 9780742554641
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

This approachable and absorbing book offers a unique window into Japanese culture and language. Highlighting the overlooked world of the silent majority, the housewives and mothers who are the mainstay of Japanese society, this work tells the stories of ordinary women in their own voices. An annotated translation of a Japanese bestseller, the volume explores the daily communication of Japanese women and what their words tell us about their relationships and lives in a globalized, post-industrial, yet still often male-dominated Japan.

Introduction
Looking at ...
Marriage and Tradition
Oh no, I'm married to your company!
Your wife is bragging about her misfortune
We have to remember that it is our own fault because we raised them that way, didn't we?
It looks like she can't respect her husband anymore
When my husband lost his job, I thought, "This is my chance!"
I don't like New Year's
Men
Men always want to lead women around
Men do not know the world
A man who is sleeping makes a great impression
It looks like people are now looking for "home cooking" outside the home
Once a man becomes middle aged, he has to make a lot of female friends
Ourselves
Thanks for getting to the point where I cannot kill you anymore
It is always said that women's happiness is something that is made for them
I do not like my age no matter how old I am
I was a cold person who tried to live a "faultless" life
I am a D student (literally, "I am a sixty-point person")
I don't have the word criticism in my vocabulary
Do not ask us to butter you up!
I have a pet monkey who knows how to tie a necktie very well
Is honne (showing one's true colors) such a good thing?
Is a woman's identification card her husband's business card?
What did I want to be, I wonder?
There are more people these days who don't feel ashamed about being highly educated
It was punishment for being an ideal, perfect, good wife
The people who dress up to go to a reunion are pitiful
Women are thought to be just the place where men sleep
It is hard to see someone having to smile all the time
I wonder if even the wife of a guy like that thinks he's OK?
Even though she is a healthy adult, only a wife gets categorized as a dependent
My days go by with me only speaking baby talk
It's kind of nice to be able to feel happy about someone else's happiness
That woman is like an obstinate, grumpy old man
Other Women
Women don't need their own names, do they?
The shujin (literally, "master") of the house is me
It is not because I am afraid of my husband
One always has to make sure to speak logically
We can see very well the home life at the other end of the phone
Their double income has been in vain
Housewife is just the pronoun for stupid
Although she talks big, her house is probably still a mess
With much difficulty, she had a baby when she was older
As a housewife and mother, I am proud that I have done my duty
At the workplace she still acts like a housewife
Please discriminate against women
It's become a case of "the weak fish eat the weaker fish," hasn't it?
How to Deal with ...
Families, Parents, and Parents-in-Law
I always feel "Thank god we have TV" during mealtime
I am nice (yasashii) to elderly people whom I don't know ...
Because I don't need to do anything while I am walking, I love it
My children are my life, but my work is my life's purpose
It would have been better if I had liked my mother-in-law
Since I am the eldest daughter, my father is not immunized yet ...
They can't stand each other unless they change their surroundings from time to time
Life and Society
We should only have surface-level associations with others
Being the perpetrator is very hard
Because I cannot see the faces of my audience ...
We can't conduct a conversation equally when we only use women's language
I am a kind person on the outside who really just disposes of people
I cry because there is nothing I can do
Thinking about ...
Women's Social Roles and Our Behavior in Men's Society
Kindness just because you're a woman is a real pain!
We can't stand by and let women's sincere good intentions be exploited anymore
Women, please don't become a person who is "female on the outside but male on the inside"
Today I have to go intimidate men
Social Attitudes toward Women
Men don't work for free, do they?
Mother is waiting
Because she gives me money, she is tricky
Women can't be unemployed, right?
Mothers are mothers of children, but at the same time mothers of the nation
I am sorry that we women have to feel frightened when we go out at night
When they found she was defective, they naturally returned her
How We Are Seen
Why do mothers threaten their children so much?
Please don't tie me down
Congratulations on not being the eldest son
It looks like I'm an auntie now. Hah!
What is your social status?
What I Want to Be
A "Ms. Ditz" cannot remain a "bachelorette"
A person who does not have some inferiority complex is weird
I do not want to be a "cute little old lady"
How can we say it is honorable to be killed that way?
If you want, you can call me a traitor. I don't care
Why do women have to be cute (kawaii)?
Whatever I have is all mine
I hope the days of the unknown future will be beautiful!
You should protect your own sensibilities
The abundant seeds of grass that don't know national boundaries are cast upon the ground
A person whom we can ask for advice is nice
It is good that I have a dress that makes my accessory look nice
My father knows only the words, "fall in love"
When men are around it is happy and cheerful
I would like to age subjectively
How Society Should Be
She is a person who lets people "wait without frustration"
The public is us [because the public opinion is our voice]
If I become a person who becomes bedridden, I'd rather die
A medical doctor is a person who cannot understand anything without doing an examination first
We should not use titles on the rooms of nursing homes
I wish I could always say the right thing in the right way
The woman who lies here by herself prays for peace
Life exists between person and person
Fortunately my mouth and spirit are still healthy
The future really is the power of imagination
Each individual's words gave me strength
This is a town that keeps the worst of the country and has lost the best of the country
Married Life
The only thing I ever did with my husband was arrange for my father-in-law's funeral
It is just that "my domestic life comes with me"
Why did you get involved with that kind of woman?
What is a family? When we become ill, we find out very soon
But you love that kind of man, right?
I wonder when a home became a thing that can be bought and sold
Social Issues
I am getting to know how to get along with my illness
The most important thing about being a human being is to learn about the world by ourselves
I just attend events because they have day care
If it is a love affair, it is an offense against a wife, but if it is prostitution, it is an offense against all women
It is a mother's love that makes her want to not draw attention to her child in a crowd
I think it is so good that I am not a Japanese
Volunteer activities, in other words, are underpaid part-time jobs
I already passed the age when I should have died!
Nature and Beauty
Outside I wear clothes that suit my figure, but at home I wear clothes that I like
Far away, far away, cherry blossoms are falling
There is no such thing as a plant called "weed"
Oh,... I am still beautiful!
The winter chrysanthemum is not pleasant
A Conclusion?
References
Index
About the Author, Translators, and Editors

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