Fascinating new post by a doctoral studentin anthropology at Duke who specializes in Japan.   His dissertation-in-progress is titled: “Preparedness that is not Called Itself: Security, Disaster, and an Anthropology of a Moving Earth in Japan.”  He is being advised by William Kelly.  His blog is: architectonictokyo.  He explains his blog this way:

“This site is an exercise in what we might call an anthropology of the moving earth. These essays trace the cultural and architectural tectonics underfoot in Tokyo as the city prepares for a future seismic catastrophe prior to and in the shadow of the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake.”

You can read his latest post on Japanese sitting style here: http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2011/06/the-folding-of-bodies-ours-and-others.html