The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture

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Tuttle Publishing, Mar 15, 2002 - Business & Economics - 270 pages
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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 really 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 (perseverence), 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. 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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User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

A collection of short articles on basic, essential concepts in Japanese worldview. Equipped with detailed bibliography for further research. Read full review

Review: The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture

User Review  - Sinead - Goodreads

Pretty good book. It gives you short essays about a range of issues around Japanese life and culture, as well as psychology of Japanese society. It gives you an insight why Japanese do a certain thing ... Read full review

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Roger Davies holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Bangor, and is currently Professor of Applied Linguistics and Academic Director of the English Education Center at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan.

Osamu Ikeno holds master's degrees in linguistics and ESL from Kobe University and the University fo Hawaii. He is Associate Professor of English Education in the Faculty of Education at Ehime University.

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