As a young woman, the poet Takako Arai watched helplessly as her family's 400-year-old heritage was literally demolished.

Factory Girls: Selected Poems of Takako Arai Takako Arai, by Takako Arai, Translated by Various Translators.99 pagesACTION BOOKS, Poetry.

"One day a shovel car came to our family's textile factory and destroyed almost everything, not only the physical constructions but the forests, the gardens, everything, even the gods," she says. "Of course, this was not just my family's reality, as modernization affects many communities across Japan and the world."