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Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women will be published again soon with a new introduction.

The book provides a portrait of Japanese womanhood with linguistic, sociological, and historical insight into issues central to the lives of women everywhere.

It will be the 30th anniversary edition of a classic book praised by the New York Times as “extraordinarily revealing.”

Thirty years after its first publication, Womansword remains a timely, provocative work on how words reflect female roles in modern Japan. Short, lively essays by Kittredge Cherry cover identity, girlhood, marriage, motherhood, work, sexuality, and aging. A new introduction shows how things have—and haven’t—changed.

Kittredge CherryAuthor Kittredge Cherry studied in Japan on a Rotary International Journalism scholarship at Kobe College and International Christian University in Tokyo. She has written about Japan for such publications as Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. Her popular “Cool Words” column was a regular feature at the Asahi Weekly from 2006-09. A native of Iowa, Cherry has degrees in journalism and art history from the University of Iowa, and a master of divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.

“A very graceful, erudite job… Brief essays that are packed with interesting linguistic, sociological and historical details about Japanese women and the words that describe them … Insights that will enlighten those readers who know nothing about Japanese women and those who do know something, those who do not speak Japanese and those who do. Many of the expressions Ms. Cherry presents are extraordinarily revealing.” — The New York Times, Feb 7, 1988

 Stone Bridge Press was established in Berkeley, California, in 1989. It has some 150 titles in print, covering such Japan- and Asia-related areas as language, business, literature, manga, design, and culture.

Print ISBN: 978-1611720297
Ebook ISBN: 9781-611729191
$19.95 / $25.99 CAN|176 pages| Trim 5.50 x 8.50

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Kittredge Cherry studied in Japan on a Rotary International Journalism scholarship. She has written about Japan for such publications as Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times Book Review praised her book “Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women” as “extraordinarily revealing.”