On the Water Shed of Becoming Old

Talking about aging among a group of elderly Japanese retirees

Xinyi Lin (Author)

University of Edinburgh

Keywords:
rhythm, aging, life course, professional work

Abstract


Abstract

 

This paper is about the relations between work, rhythm and life course among a group of elderly members of a rice paddy collective in Kyoto, Japan. Through the stories of people’s professional work, personal lives and recreational activities, I portray and discuss their understanding of aging and elderhood. Also, by illustrating the rhythms of two elderly people on their retirement and in their post-work activities, I argue that underlying the particular changes of their rhythms is their reminiscences of their working lives.

 

Key words: rhythm, aging, life course, professional work

Published
23-Mar-2023
How to Cite
Lin, X. (2023). On the Water Shed of Becoming Old: Talking about aging among a group of elderly Japanese retirees. re:Think - a Journal of Creative Ethnography, 4(1). Retrieved from https://journals.ed.ac.uk/rethink/article/view/7289
Section
Academic Essays