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BON Festival of a certain farmhouse - Moving to the city and preserving traditional culture -

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2018, (78), pp.43-59
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..78.201808.43
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : June 26, 2018
  • Accepted : August 3, 2018
  • Published : August 31, 2018

Kuraishi, Mito 1

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ABSTRACT

Currently in Japan, there is strong encouragement from the government for people to move to the countryside, including the depopulated areas far from the city. However, there are still are many people who want to move to the cities, especially Tokyo, where diverse people gather and live. Most new cultural developments begin in “the cities,” where city culture is intermixed with various traditional cultures, urbanization, and urban folklore. City culture is changed by people living in the city and new city culture comes from people with a range of various traditional cultural backgrounds, but until now it has been unclear how much they have brought and preserved of their own cultures. This paper studies a family (the T family) from M village in Nagano and compares what and how much changed in the way they celebrated their Bon Festival after they moved to Tokyo. It also compares the role of the family during Bon. In studies of city folklore, not much research has focused on how country people moving to the city changes their traditional cultures due to a change in living environment. For this study, I focused on one event and reported each family member’s actual situation before and after moving, including the family’s change in consciousness of their roles.

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