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Group and Individual Activities

Yasuhito Kinoshita

in Refuge of the Honored

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780520075955
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520075955.003.0010
Group and Individual Activities

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The age and class homogeneity of Fuji-no-Sato makes it a more or less egalitarian community, and, as such, very unusual in Japan, where interpersonal relations are usually vertically organized. Like most other Japanese, the residents of this community have not been socialized to cultivate the unstructured, voluntary social relationships one usually finds in this kind of peer-group-oriented setting. These facts give informal sociability at Fuji-no-Sato its own peculiar flavor, which may well add spice to Western ideas about social integration. This chapter looks at several kinds of informal activities—(1) hobby groups, (2) Christian groups, (3) volunteer groups, and (4) gardening—all of which emerged spontaneously and are important in the residents' daily lives.

Keywords: Fuji-no-Sato; retirement communities; age; class; egalitarian homogeneity; interpersonal relations; aged; elderly

Chapter.  5368 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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