The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture
The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture by Roger J. Davies, Osamu Ikeno
The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture Author: Roger J. Davies, Osamu Ikeno
Title: The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture
ISBN: 0804832951
ISBN13: 978-0804832953
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Pages: 280 pages
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 1st edition (March 15, 2002)
Language: English
Category: Travel
Size PDF version: 1433 kb
Size EPUB version: 1386 kb
Subcategory: Asia




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.