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Volume XII, Number 1 | winter 2019

Miscellany

The practice of yobai, “night crawling,” was common in rural communities in medieval Japan, and continued into the twentieth century. A young man would visit a young woman’s house after dark, disguising his features with a cloth to avoid embarrassment should his advances be rejected. These premarital liaisons could become formal if a child were conceived.

In my dreams I sleep with everybody.

—Anaïs Nin, 1933

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