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In The Japanese Mind, Roger Davies offers Westerners an invaluable key to the unique aspects of Japanese culture.
Readers of this book will gain a clear understanding of what makes the Japanese, and their society, tick. Among the topics explored: aimai
(dependence upon others' benevolence), amakudari
(the nation's descent from heaven), chinmoku
(silence in communication), gambari
(social obligation), haragei
(literally, belly art; implicit, unspoken communication), kenkyo
(the appearance of modesty), sempai-kohai
(simplicity and elegance), and zoto
(gift giving), as well as discussions of child-rearing, personal space, and the roles of women in Japanese society. It includes discussion topics and questions after each chapter.
All in all, this book is an easy-to-use introduction to the distinguishing characteristics of Japanese society; an invaluable resource for anyone--business people, travelers, or students--perfect for course adoption, but also for anyone interested in Japanese culture. Next in this series:
Now available separately, Japanese Culture: The Religious and Philosophical Foundations
is a fascinating journey through Japan's rich cultural history.