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The Japanese idiom "Hakoiri Musume" translates into English as "Daughter in a Box". The term originated in the Edo period (1603-1867) and describes "a young single woman who leads a sheltered life with her protective family" as if she were kept in a box. Widespread in popular culture, the expression has been used as a title for several movies, mangas and a television …

The Japanese idiom "Hakoiri Musume" translates into English as "Daughter in a Box". The term originated in the Edo period (1603-1867) and describes "a young single woman who leads a sheltered life with her protective family" as if she were kept in a box. Widespread in popular culture, the expression has been used as a title for several movies, mangas and a television series, but as Naoko Takemaru, an Associate Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Nevada, argues: in a rapidly evolving society, Hakoiri Musume represents "mostly a [past reality …

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