Japanese Mind Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture

ISBN-10: 0804832951
ISBN-13: 9780804832953
Edition: 3rd 2001
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $16.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 3/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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 childrearing, personal space, and the roles of women in Japanese society. Includes discussion topics and questions after each chapter.

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.

Ikeno holds master's degree in Linguistics and ESL from Kobe University and the University of Hawaii. He is Associate Professor of English Education in the Faculty of Education at Ehime University, Japan.

Japanese Chronology
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Aimai: Ambiguity and the Japanese
Amae: The Concept of Japanese Dependence
Amakudari: Descent from Heaven
Bigaku: The Japanese Sense of Beauty
Bushido: The Way of the Warrior
Chinmoku: Silence in Japanese Communication
Danjyo Kankei: Male and Female Relationships in Japan
The Do Spirit of Japan
Gambari: Japanese Patience and Determination
Giri: Japanese Social Obligations
Haragei: An Implicit Way of Communicating in Japan
Hedataru to Najimu: Japanese Personal Space
Honne to Tatemae: Private vs. Public Stance in Japan
The Japanese Ie System
Iitoko-Dori: Adopting Elements of Foreign Culture
Ikuji: Childrearing Practices in Japan
Kenkyo: The Japanese Virtue of Modesty
Kisetsu: The Japanese Sense of the Seasons
Nemawashi: Laying the Groundwork in Japan
Omiai: Arranged Marriage in Japan
Otogibanashi: Folktales of Japan
Ryosaikenbo--"Good Wives and Wise Mothers": The Social Expectations of Women in Japan
Sempai-Kohai: Seniority Rules in Japanese Relations
Shudan Ishiki: Japanese Group Consciousness
Soshiki: Japanese Funerals
Uchi to Soto: Dual Meanings in Japanese Human Relations
Wabi-Sabi: Simplicity and Elegance as Japanese Ideals of Beauty
Zoto: The Japanese Custom of Gift Giving
References
Glossary

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