Tuney-Tosheia P. McDaniels

Tuney-Tosheia P. McDaniels is a JANM DiscoverNikkei.org member. She is an Economic Anthropologist and Cosmology Anthropologist, English Instructor, and Writing Director living in Japan, analyzing the role of humanity from both an Economic and Cosmological/Universal perspective. Her specialty is observing how both children and adults use Projection of Magical Thinking, Risk and Performance to respond to Economic uncertainties and opportunities.

Updated April 2021

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Nikkei and Praying for Good Fortune and Success: How an Ancient Story Teaches resilience for Economic Uncertainty and Opportunity

As is customary in Japan and throughout the Japanese diaspora, many Nikkei Entrepreneurs pray for good fortune in business, success in life, and divine protection. From an Economic Anthropological perspective, praying allows entrepreneurs and business professionals to strengthen themselves from the worries surrounding economic instability, and even tune out the negativity they constantly hear on the news. While the traditional custom of Hatsumode (初詣), or the first shrine or temple visit of the new year, is to pray at the altar for Protection and Prosperity, a special festival—known as the Touka Ebisu Matsuri (十日えびすの 祭り)—is held for business ...

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Different Perspective: A Nikkeijin's Questions on Humanity's Responses to Economic Uncertainty

Is ignorance really bliss? What does it mean when people say, “I can’t wait for things to go back to normal”? What is defined as “normal”? Is “going back to normal” achievable after over 2.6 million deaths worldwide due to the Coronavirus—with over 530,000 Coronavirus-related deaths in the US alone? Also, what does it mean to be Economically stable at this point in time?

In this article, I want to reflect from an Economic Anthropological perspective. This means I intend to focus on the issues of humanity neither based on rational decision-making nor based on actual ...

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