The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture

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Roger J. Davies, Osamu Ikeno
Tuttle Publishing, 15 de mar. de 2002 - 270 páginas
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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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Ambiguity and the Japanese
9
The Concept of Japanese Dependence
17
Descent from Heaven
23
The Japanese Sense of Beauty
35
The Way of the Warrior
41
Silence in Japanese Communication
51
Male and Female Relationships
61
The Do Spirit of Japan
71
The Japanese Virtue of Modesty
143
The Japanese Sense of the Seasons
153
Laying the Groundwork in Japan
159
Arranged Marriage in Japan
165
Folktales of Japan
171
Good Wives and Wise Mothers The Social Expectations of Women in Japan
179
Seniority Rules in Japanese Relations
187
Japanese Group Consciousness
195

Japanese Patience and Determination
83
Japanese Social Obligations
95
An Implicit Way Communicating in Japan
103
Japanese Personal Space
109
Private vs Public Stance in Japan
115
The Japanese Ie System
119
Adopting Elements of Foreign Culture
127
Childrearing Practices in Japan
135
Japanese Funerals
201
Dual Meanings in Japanese Ideals of Beauty
217
Simplicity and Elegance as Japanese Ideals of Beauty
223
The Japanese Custom of Gift Giving
233
References
245
Glossary
259
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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 masterÆs 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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