Joy Hendry's collection demonstrates the value of an anthropological approach to understanding a particular society by taking the reader through her own discovery of the field, explaining her practice of it in Oxford and Japan, and then offering a selection of the results and findings she obtained. Her work starts with a study of marriage made in a small rural community, continues with education and the rearing of children, and later turns to consider polite language, especially amongst women. This lead into a study of "wrapping" and cultural display, for example of gardens and theme parks, which became a comparative venture, putting Japan in a global context. Finally the book sums up change through the period of Hendry's research.
Von Siebold, 1796-1866 Collection of rare Japanese books: National Museum of Ethnology at Leiden, the Netherlands
Most of the rare books in this collection are in Japanese, collected by Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866) in Japan during his stay in Decima and Tokyo after 1822. A printed list of the Japanese titles (20 pp.) reprinted from the
Catalogus librorum et manuscriptorum Japonicarum by J. Hoffmann comes free with the microfiche.