Friday, December 04, 2009

Indiana Hoosier

Well, I know where Indiana is but I have no idea what a hoosier is. I could look it up, but that is no fun, so tell me. I am sure a hoosier doesn't make hosiery. Here is clue. My US spell checker wants me to give it a capital H.

It comes from the title of a book our friend in Japan sent me for my birthday in October. I am such a slack reader these days, it took me nearly a month to read it and it is not large. The full title is, An Indiana Hoosier in Lord Tsugaru's Court.

The book is a US citizen's views on Japan as a resident for twenty odd years. He lives in the same village in northern Japan as our friend. It was a good read and for anyone who is thinking of visiting Japan, highly recommended.

Naturally it is written from an American perspective and so some is a little foreign to us down under.

Here a just a few of the many chapter subjects. Most chapters are only a couple of pages, making it an easy read.

Public Transport
Toilets (of course)
Postal and Parcel Services
Gift Giving
Divorce in Japan
Valentine's Day
Net Cafe Refugees
Student Suicides
Harvest Time
and many travel hints.

One of the saddest chapters was one about adoption. Essentially, Japanese couples do not adopt children, meaning there are many children brought up in orphanages. I am sure the question of gay couples adopting children would be very alien. Our federal opposition leader Abbott would thoroughly approve. He would much prefer a child to be brought up in an orphanage than with gay couple.


  1. From what I understand the rejection by Japanese families of adoption is that they traditionally are more mindful of "sullying" the family bloodline than what most of us would believe possible. This is what I was told by a relation who is married to a Japanese girl. She said the culture can be very hard for those who have no place in its strata

  2. Absolutely shocking. It never ceases to amaze me that such idiots are up there making decisions based on their "morals" when if we got to look at these people closely, any number of skeletons would leap out of their closets at us.
    I guess I am not bringing up anything that we did not already know..but it does make it frustrating doesn't it?
    I have a few friends who have been wanting to adopt for so long and now apparently they are at an age that they are not able to continue to proceed with it all. Stupid really. They lost a few of their own early pregnancies too..adding to their frustrations.

  3. Beats me why anybody would want to adopt kids in the first place. Each to their own, of course, but cats are simpler.

  4. MC, that is how I read it.

    Cazzie, I really feel for people who are desperate to have a child to love be it their own or adopted.

    Until my niece was born a couple of years ago Brian, I would have agreed with you.

  5. A Hoosier is someone from Indiana like someone from Western Australia is a Sandgroper.

  6. How sad, ingraining the idealism into institutionally raised children so that they continue the 'tradition' of seeing orphans as not needing a caring, sharing family, creating whole swathes of kids with stunted socialisation skills, little or no empathy or compassion and, possibly, pseudo-pervasive development disorders by denying them the childhood experiences of a normal lifestyle with (gay/straight/single) loving parents.

  7. Ok Ian. But you wouldn't say a Sandgroper from Western Australia would you? Just one or other. And so why would you say a Hoosier from Indiana?

  8. Carry on into the next generation then Jayne?

  9. You'd say a Hoosier from Indiana because most sensible people have no clue what a Hoosier is? Because it rolls so trippingly off the tongue? Or, as my Dad would have had it, because you 'ain't had no fetchin's up, have you'.

    1. You know Jac, I write about things and they completely leave my head, such as the word Hoosier did. S'pose it was six years ago though. The words do run rather well . My version of your father's comment, You ain't been brung up proper.