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Dog man : an uncommon life on a faraway mountain

Author: Martha Sherrill
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Morie Sawataishi lives a life that is radically unconventional by any standard but almost absurd in blatantly conformist Japan. Journalist Martha Sherrill provides a profound look at what it takes to be an individualist in a culture where rebels are rare. After the Japanese surrender in 1945, there were only sixteen Akita dogs left in the country. The magnificent hunting dogs had been donated to help in the war  Read more...
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Named Person: Morie Sawataishi; Morie Sawataishi; Morie Swataishi
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martha Sherrill
ISBN: 9781594201240 1594201242 9781594483905 1594483906
OCLC Number: 167507715
Description: 237 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Opening the mountain --
No name --
Three good lucks --
Reversal dogs --
The dog who lost his tail in the fence --
Victory princess --
Samurai tiger --
Shiro --
Morie and Kitako.
Responsibility: Martha Sherrill.
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Morie Sawataishi lives a life that is radically unconventional by any standard but almost absurd in blatantly conformist Japan. Journalist Martha Sherrill provides a profound look at what it takes to be an individualist in a culture where rebels are rare. After the Japanese surrender in 1945, there were only sixteen Akita dogs left in the country. The magnificent hunting dogs had been donated to help in the war effort, or had been eaten, and their pelts used by the military to line the winter coats of the soldiers. Morie became obsessed with preventing the extinction of the breed, and he did it in a very un-Japanese way: defying convention, breaking the law, giving up the opportunity to hold prestigious engineering jobs in Tokyo, and choosing instead to take his new wife, Kitako--a sheltered sophisticate from Tokyo--to Japan's forbidding snow country to start a family.--From publisher description.

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