The Japanese Mind

The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture

Paperback Published on: 15/03/2002
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In The Japanese Mind, Roger Davies offers Westerners an insightful guide to understanding the unique aspects of Japanese culture.

Readers of this book will develop a comprehensive grasp of Japanese society and the core values that remain at its foundation.

Among the topics explored are:

  • aimai (ambiguity), amae (dependence upon others' benevolence), and amakudari (the nation's descent from heaven)
  • chinmoku (silence in communication), gambari (perseverance), and giri (social obligation)
  • haragei (literally, "belly art"; implicit, unspoken communication), kenkyo (the appearance of modesty), and 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.

With discussion topics and questions after each chapter, 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: Tuttle Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780804832953
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Weight: 312g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm

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