While one may be quick to assume that the ethnography of Japan begins and ends with Ruth Benedict’s Chrysanthemum and the Sword, the last eighty-years have in fact given us a large store of ethnographic accounts of the Japanese archipelago. Here you will find a collection of my critical reflections on a few of the more notable works in the field.

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Suye Mura: A Japanese Village

John Embree (1936)










City Life in Japan: Life in a Tokyo Ward

Ronald Dore (1958)








Village Japan

Beardsley, Hall, and Ward (1959)









Illness and Culture in Contemporary Japan

Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney (1984)








Japan’s New Middle Class: The Salary Man and his Family

Ezra Vogel (1972)








Socialization for Achievement:Essays on the Cultural Psychology of the Japanese

George De vos (1973)








For Harmony and Strength: Japanese White-Collar Organization in Anthropological Perspective

Thomas Rohlen (1979)






The After Hours: Modern Japan and the Search for EnjoymentDavid Plath (1964)









Women of Suye Mura

Robert John Smith, Ella Lury Wiswell (1982)









Japan’s High Schools

Thomas Rohlen (1983)









William W. Kelly - Various Texts

William Kelly










Neighborhood Tokyo

Theodore Bestor (1990)









Modern Japan Through its Weddings: Gender, Person, and Society in Ritual Portrayal

Walter Edwards (1990)





Crafting Selves

Deborah Kondo (1991)









Kamikaze Biker: Parody and Anomy in Affluent Japan

Ikuya Sato (1991)








Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club

Anne Allison (1994)







North Koreans in Japan: Language, Ideology, and Idenity

Sonya Ryang (1997)








Office Ladies and Salaried Men: Power, Gender, and Work in Japanese Companies

Yuko Ogasawara (1998)








National Character: Various Authors

Caudill, Plath, and Morsbach and Tyler










Men of Uncertainty

Tom Gill (2001)








Brokered Homelands

Joshua Roth (2002)









Deaf in Japan: Signing and the Politics of Idenity

Karen Nakamura (2006)








Hip-Hop Japan

Ian Condry (2006)