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Tales of Old Japanese

Hugh Ashton

Published by Inknbeans Press, 2012

© 2012 Hugh Ashton and Inknbeans Press


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Preface

These stories celebrate the histories, the lives, and the quirks of older people living in Japan, a country where I have spent the past twenty-four years. For those of you who know Japan as either an over-industrialised nation with smokestacks and pollution, inhabited by blue-suited, whiteshirted worker ants, or as a country of youth-oriented manga and anime cartoons, where everyone dresses like a superhero, or even as a geisha and cherry blossom land, the stories in this book may come as something of a surprise.

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