Merry White on Japan's long-standing coffee culture
Cafes offer up this unique third space - not home, nor work - for people to be private in a public space. Merry White, professor of Anthropology at Boston University, studies just this: cafes and cafe culture, but in Japan. Her book, Coffee Life in Japan, “part ethnography, part memoir”, traces Japan’s cafe’s society over the past century and a half.
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