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IT IS A JAPANESE CUSTOM TO HAVE A "SHADOW TABLE" FOR
ONE'S ABSENT FIANCE OR HUSBAND (AS DURING THE WAR) OR
A DEAD HUSBAND, ETC. THAT IS A PLACE WAS ALWAYS SET
AND FOOD SERVED AT MEALS FOR THE ABSENT AS IF HE WERE
ACTUALLY PRESENT. IN THE CASE OF THE FIANCE, IT WAS
A METHOD BY WHICH THE BRIDE-TO-BE LEARNED TO GROW
AWARE OF THE NEEDS AND COMFORTS OF HER HUSBAND-TO-BE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHILE GROWING UP IN JAPAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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