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The Silk Weavers of KyotoFamily and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry$
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Tamara Hareven

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228177

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228177.001.0001

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Mrs. Yasuda and Mr. Yasuda: Manufacturer’s Widow and Manufacturer’s Mother: Manufacturer, Manufacturer’s Son, and Manufacturer’s Father

Mrs. Yasuda and Mr. Yasuda: Manufacturer’s Widow and Manufacturer’s Mother: Manufacturer, Manufacturer’s Son, and Manufacturer’s Father

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(p.250) Mrs. Yasuda and Mr. Yasuda: Manufacturer’s Widow and Manufacturer’s Mother: Manufacturer, Manufacturer’s Son, and Manufacturer’s Father
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The Silk Weavers of Kyoto
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Tamara K. Hareven

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228177.003.0013

At the time of the interview, Mrs. Yasuda Toshie still worked eight hours a day in the Yasuda Tsuzure Company. The Yasuda Company was turned into a corporation after World War II, but continues to be owned and run by the family. Two years after interviewing Mrs. Yasuda, her son (Mr. Yasuda Genichiro) was interviewed. By that time, Mrs. Yasuda had retired but continued to come into the company from time to time in an advisory capacity. The Yasuda Company is known in Nishijin for its original, high-class tsuzure weavings. Mrs. Yasuda's Japanese style of discourse reflects extreme modesty, using third person rather than first when she refers to herself. Mrs. Yasuda said that they will never go bankrupt in Nishijin because everybody has a small business. Her son stated that the products of Japanese traditional industries should not be monopolized by the Japanese alone.

Keywords:   Mrs. Yasuda Toshie, Mr. Yasuda Genichiro, Yasuda Tsuzure Company, tsuzure weavings, Nishijin, traditional industries

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