Margot Baden: My research explored the effects of the commercialization of leisure on rural onsen communities. I used two works from the 1930s, Snow Country written by Yasunari Kawabata, and The Massuers and a Woman directed by Shimizu Hiroshi, to bring attention to the concept of “wasted effort” as it relates to the continued loss of local traditions and identities among rural onsen communities.

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