chapter  3
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Buildings That Wrap Objects and Objects That Wrap Buildings


We want to start this chapter with a comment on the scale of our study and about how our approach comes from the details of the material. Here, strangely, we start with film and not archaeology. Tokyo Story is a 1953 film directed by Yasujirō Ozu about an old man and woman who go and visit their busy children in the city. The scale and topic of this film is not one of spectacle or sweeping action but of the intensity of feeling that comes from us taking the time to see a small group of people together in a room, some of whom have time for each other and some of whom have not.