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San'Ya Blues: Laboring Life in Contemporary Tokyo chapter 1 San'Ya Blues: Laboring Life in Contemporary Tokyo, meaning San'Ya Blues: Laboring Life in Contemporary Tokyo, genre San'Ya Blues: Laboring Life in Contemporary Tokyo, book cover San'Ya Blues: Laboring Life in Contemporary Tokyo, flies San'Ya Blues: Laboring Life in Contemporary Tokyo, San'Ya Blues: Laboring Life in Contemporary Tokyo c055024ef5182 Over The Years, Edward Fowler, An American Academic, Became A Familiar Presence In San Ya, A Run Down Neighborhood In Northeastern Tokyo Working As A Day Laborer Himself, Fowler Kept A Diary Of His Experiences The Resulting Oral Histories, Juxtaposed With Fowler S Narrative And Diary Entries, Bring To Life A Community On The Margins Of Contemporary Japan


10 thoughts on “San'Ya Blues: Laboring Life in Contemporary Tokyo

  1. says:

    nobody wants to know ya when you re down and out Japan is often presented as perhaps the most monolithic society in the world and perhaps Japan presents itself that way too But it really isn t Various journalists, historians and anthropologists have pointed that out over the years, so I m hardly the first to say so There are various ethnic minorities, there are the famed burakumin something akin to India s Untouchables and there are other social and economic groups that don t fit the salaryman , middle class picture so often given In this brilliantly done work, Fowler describes life in a small area of Tokyo inhabited by large numbers of transient or rootless workers who form a labor pool exploited by contractors who want temporary help paid by the day Alcoholism is rife, conditions compared to the rest of Japanese society are tough, and the usual politesse and reserve are absent These Japanese are individualistic and insecure, perhaps the modern version of poor ronin those outside social norms After a rocky start, Fowler, fluent in Japanese, was able to penetrate this down at heel worker s society, shunned by the rest of Tokyo He lived in the tiny rooms, he ate at local greasy chopsticks and drank in the local dives, talking with everybody and anybody who would chat He came to know San ya as perhaps no other Westerner ever has He depicts this world via numerous conversations he had with men from all over Japan, through descriptions of his life as he moved in and out of the area over several years, and through descriptions of how he actually worked on construction labor gangs for a short time one summer For me this is anthropology at its best If you want a web of complex theories, shot through with jargon adapted from vaguely similar French sociological terms, forget this book If you want to know what it was like back in 1989 1991, when Fowler was there, if you want a fantastically rich description of a part of Japan seldom seen or heard from, this is your book Fowler not only studied the community, he became a part of it as much as he could The resulting work brings to mind Oscar Lewis work on Mexico if shorter to Laurence Wylie s Village in the Vaucluse , Akenfield by Ronald Blythe or Elizabeth Warnock Fernea s A Street in Marrakech The style is somewhat different, but the effect is the same Fowler creates a portrait of a time and place that is not easily forgotten.


  2. says:

    A look at day laborers in Tokyo during the height of Japan s economic boom from 1989 to 1991 The best part is the Day Laborers section of the Lives chapter, in which the author presents short monologues of what life is like for many of the men in San ya The pieces on labor union activities are dull and the second half of the author s account of working as a day laborer is strange, but overall this is a worthwhile, if slow, read It is depressing to see that there were so many downtrodden people even in Japan s best days, but it s also depressing to read that these transients with limited skills and education still got paid per day than I do.


  3. says:

    This book is an ethnographic study of a particular region of Tokyo where day laborers live and search for work, usually living hand to mouth While this book doesn t have a narrative flow, it captures the characters and day to day life of those living in this region Fowler, who stumbles upon this part of Tokyo by accident, become interested in the life of people there after an incident where he gets punched in the face After that, he spends time learning about the trials and tribulations of this community and captures it all to share with us I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about a little known group in Japan.


  4. says:

    Fowler writes about his entry into San ya, a ghetto area of Tokyo, largely unknown to Japanese society, much less the rest of the world One of several areas that are built around day laborers, the men who actually constructed much of modern Japan, while being exploited and then abandoned when they are too broken down to use any Fowler not only observed, but also worked as a day laborer for six months Written about the late 1980 s, early 1990 s, it is, by his own account, quite out of date, but illuminates a Japan little known and little cared for.


  5. says:

    A well researched, yet very personal insight into the world of the people behind Japan s economic growth, the day labourers in the quarter of Sanya This book seems to have been out for some years, but with the current economic crisis taking its toll on Japan, it is as actual as ever Also provides the reader with an insider view of Japanese society Worth the read


  6. says:

    Newly moved to this part of Tokyo..couldn t put it down Can really appreciate the streets I ride around now.


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