I liked this phrase" a heightened awareness of the importance of preserving the past in Japan, because I can imagine that most "things Japanese" are disappearing with the younger generation.
This book is a short encyclopedia of things in Japanese culture. The sections are:
- House and Garden
- Possessions and clothing
- Eating, drinking and entertainment
- Custom and religion
The author shares some personal experiences, and also mentions frequently passages of the book "Japanese Home and Their Surroundings".