This book deals with two stories: mine and my object of study, contemporary Japanese society. Both merge into the 31 years I spent in Japan. The reader will find passages in which I highlight the points of contact between the two stories nad others where I distance myself from my personal history to analyze various aspects of Japanese society in an accessible way, trying to avoid academicism. In some chapters I refer to the historical sources of its current situation, history understood as an essential tool for understanding the present. And the same goes for myself. I refer to the history of my long stay in Japan to understand the origins of a vital crisis that I overcame during the process of writing this book. This crisis and its overcoming are the subjects of the first and the last chapters.
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