Title The Mayor of Aihara A Japanese Villager and His Community, 1865-1925
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition; First Printing
Publisher Berkeley, CA University of California Press 2009
0520258592 / 9780520258594
Illustrator Illustrated by Maps
Seller ID 15851
Light edge wear, a few pages dog eared, small cut base of spine. ; A bright, solid book ; Trade PB; 8.90 X 5.90 X 0.60 inches; 248 pages; "Aizawa Kikutarő (1866-1963) was born into the wealthiest family in Hashimoto, a small agricultural village specializing in wheat and silk. By 1925, the village was undergoing rapid commercial development, residents were commuting to factory and office jobs in cities, and, after serving as mayor for almost twenty years, Aizawa was working as a bank manager. Taking the biography of this leading villager as its central focus and incorporating intimate details of life drawn from Aizawa's diary, The Mayor of Aihara chronicles the extraordinary transformation of Hashimoto against the background of Japan's rapid industrialization. By portraying history as it was actually lived by ordinary people, the book offers a rich and compelling perspective on the modernization of Japan."