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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
The Japanese mind (accoridng to the author) is like a negative image of the American mind, that is to say almost completely opposite. Although they've adopted our technology and organization they are superficial changes. Their mindset, at least when this book was written, vastly different from the Western one. One of the most striking differences to me was the attitude towards women. Women in the US still have a way to go before being entirely equal, but they are much better off than Japanse women. The world for wife in Japanese literally translates to "stupid wife". Men gladly assert their superiour status. On the bus men and boys wouldn't dream of giving up their seats for pregnant or older women. In speech the Japanese shun directness and seem to enjoy talking for it's own sake. After reading this, I marveled at the fact Americans and Japanese can do as much business and cultural exchange as we do. The book is beautifully written.
Review: The Kimono Mind: An Informal Guide to Japan and the JapaneseUser Review - Goodreads
A witty if sometimes sarcastic view of Japan by someone who loves the place and the people. It has excellent illustrations of old woodcuts, but the whole thing seems to be from another time,, when Japan was another place. I guess the book to read after this would be Barthes' 'Empire of Signs'.