A piece ran on NPR recently discussing a novel in which a 19th-century Japanese teenager makes his way to America. The author, Margi Preus, says that one of the Japanese's terms for Westerners was "butter stinker," because Westerners ate a lot of butter and the Japanese thought that that diet made them smell bad.
Very interesting. I had never heard of that term before.
The piece continues:
"Freedom was a foreign feeling to a boy who had grown up in a society where life was so carefully proscribed. 'They had to live in certain kinds of houses,' Preus says. 'They could only eat certain kinds of foods, and even as children they could only play with certain kinds of toys depending upon what their status was in life.'"
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