lowe a fantastic amount of thanks to many folks. Let me first acknowl-
edge the most distant and least obvious. Friends and common folks in
Japan who have provided me tangible and intangible forms of support
are too many to cite, but a few do merit special recognition. Unsung
heroes of the everyday grind, Ms. Komugai of the Tono City Museum
and Mr. Murata of the library and archives at Toyo University displayed
rare kindness in aiding me to gather research materials. I must also, in
spite of our disputes over theory and methodology, give credit to Hara-
shida Minoru, ex-restaurateur and freelance scholar, for pointing me sev-
eral years ago to sources that were the seed of my master's thesis and
eventually blossomed into the dissertation on which this book is based.
Although they would hardly believe it judging by my constant bickering
and complaints, the faculty of the Inter-University Center for Japanese
Language Studies earned my appreciation for their unflagging efforts to
cut diamonds from the roughest of rocks. The friendship extended to me
there by Tateoka Yoko, Aoki Soichi, and Kishida Rie made an intensive
program less tense. Yoko in particular has been a much-cherished friend,
and I will be ever grateful to her and her husband Yasuo for putting me
up (and putting up with me) in their home during one research trip.
The Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities that I received from the
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and subsequent fund-
ing from the University of Chicago Humanities Division allowed me to
complete the initial research for this book in relatively swift time with
relatively little stress while a graduate student from 1985 to 1992. With
a research fellowship from the University of Chicago's Center for East
Asian Studies (and the Tateoka's hospitality) I was also able to carry out
crucial research in Japan in autumn 1990.
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