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The Japanese Mind - Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture

EAN: 9780804832953

ISBN: 978-08-04832-95-3 //  ISBN: 9780804832953
Year of publication: 2002
PublisherTuttle Publishing
Number of pages: 270
Languages: English  
Country of origin: USA

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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. 

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