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Above the CloudsStatus Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility$
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Takie Sugiyama Lebra

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520076006

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520076006.001.0001

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Ancestors

Ancestors

Constructing Inherited Charisma

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(p.62) Three Ancestors
Source:
Above the Clouds
Author(s):

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520076006.003.0003

Members of the hereditary elite, by definition, owe their status to their ancestors. Kazoku life histories are indeed shaped by the weight of ancestors, which is still felt in one way or another. It is fitting, therefore, that this analysis begins with images of ancestors held by descendants. By linking the living generation to bygone generations, this chapter exhibits the continuous aspect of life experience, keeping it more or less separate from wartime and postwar events that dislocated all Japanese, including the kazoku.

Keywords:   hereditary elite, kazoku, ancestors

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