Tanizaki, Jun'ichiro. Naomi. New York: Vintage Books, 2001. In this classic novel, originally serialized in 1924-25, Tanizaki tells the story of Joji's infatuation with the young waitress Naomi. Naomi is considered to be a literary example of the moga, or "modern girl" -- flapper-like young women of the Taisho period (1912-1926) who embraced new social freedoms, and the novel examines the early 20th century tension between rapid Westernization and traditional Japanese culture.

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