The Japanese Mind

The Japanese Mind

Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture

Book - 2002
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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 (ambiguity), amae (dependence upon others' benevolence), amakudari (the nation's descent from heaven), chinmoku (silence in communication), gambari (perseverance), giri (social obligation), haragei (literally, "belly art"; implicit, unspoken communication), kenkyo (the appearance of modesty), sempai-kohai (seniority), wabi-sabi (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.
Publisher: Boston : Tuttle Pub., 2002
Description: vii, 270 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780804832953
Branch Call Number: 952.033 Jap
Additional Contributors: Davies, Roger, 1949-
Ikeno, Osamu.


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Nov 30, 2017

Mish mash of theories about Japanese etiquette, behavior and culture, much of it written by students. The author's comfort zone is the academic explanation that may or may not be relevant in today's modern Japan.

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