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Marie Stopes

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When Marie Stopes arrived in Japan from England in 1907, she began a journal which, when published, would contain entries for nearly every day of her seventeen-month sojourn. This chapter focuses on two aspects of Marie Stopes' narrative. The first is how the scientific nature of her journeys impacted not only on where she went, but more importantly, on how she interpreted what she experienced. The second focuses on the city of Tokyo at the end of the Meiji period and, through Marie Stopes' multitude of small-picture experiences, discuss her interpretation of the social interactions between the foreign and Japanese communities. One of the debates, 'The unmarried life is the happier', produced some cautious and restrained discussion which demonstrated the insular nature of the foreign community in Tokyo. The scientific purpose for Marie Stopes journey to Japan was to search for petrified angiosperms.

Keywords: foreign community; Japanese communities; Marie Stopes; Meiji period; Tokyo



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