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Publisher: Columbia University Press.
ISBN: 9780231138130, 023113813X.
"In the beginning, woman was truly the sun. An authentic person. Now she is the moon, a wan and sickly moon, dependent
on another, reflecting another's brilliance."-Hiratsuku Raicho Raicho Hiratsuka (1886-1971) was the most influential
figure in the early women's movement in Japan. In 1911, she founded Bluestocking (Seito), Japan's first literary journal
run by women. In 1920, she founded the New Women's Association, Japan's first nationwide women's organization to
campaign for female suffrage, and soon after World War II, the Japan Federation of Women's Organizations. Available for
the first time in English, In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun is Raicho Hiratsuka's autobiography of her childhood,
early youth, and subsequent rebellion against the strict social codes of the time. Hiratsuka came from an upper-middle
class Tokyo family, and her restless quest for truth led her to read widely in philosophy and undertake Zen training at
Japan Woman's College. After graduation, she gained brief notoriety for her affair with a married writer, but quickly
established herself as a brilliant and articulate leader of feminist causes with the launch of the journal Seito.Her
richly detailed account presents a woman who was at once idealistic and elitist, fearless and vain, and a perceptive
observer of society. Teruko Craig's translation captures Hiratsuka's strong personality and distinct voice. At a time
when interest in Japanese feminism is growing in the West, there is no finer introduction to Japanese women's history
than this intimate, candid, and compelling memoir.
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231138130, 023113813X
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Series Name: Weatherhead Books on Asia
Height: 235 mm
Length: 156 mm