The Xenophobe's Guide to the
by Sahoko Kaji, Noriko Hama,
and Jonathan Rice
A guide to understanding the Japanese which
goes beyond the etiquette to uncover the real nature
of the people of the rising sun.
Xenophobe's Guide to the Japanese
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|Extracts from the book
|Everyone is part
of some group and the group comes first. Inside
this group, everyone has more or less the same
understanding and the same attitudes. As the
saying goes, 'The nail that sticks up will be
|The Japanese are trained
throughout their lives to read each others'
minds. This means it is not necessary to have or
to express an opinion. In fact for a Japanese
woman to be called opinionated is worse than
being called ugly. And an exact translation of
the word 'opinionated' does not even exist. To
call a man 'decisive' is just as bad.
|The quintessence of
unspoken mutual understanding is to be found in
the word yoroshiku: 'You have understood what I
want you to do. I have understood that you have
understood what I want you to do. Therefore I
leave it up to you to finish the task and I
expect it to be done in the way I want it to be
done. And I thank you for understanding me and
agreeing to take the trouble to do the task.'
All this in four syllables.
|Love me tender
|For all the apparent
worship of the way of the warrior, being
yasashii, which means being gentle, tender,
caring, yielding and considerate, is very
important in Japan. Asked what a Japanese values
most in a potential spouse, both sexes tend to
put being being yasashii at the top of their
list of desirable virtues. The concept is even
applied to the inanimate. For instance, a car or
shampoo can be yasashii to you, to the eye, and
to the environment.
|Comments from readers
|This book is simply excellent.
In addition to being humorous, it is also
extremely accurate, insightful and
comprehensive. I have been studying Japan for as
long as most, but even so I was able to discover
points I had overlooked and explanations that
had not occurred to me.
|Reviews from the Press
|Short, aphoristic, seriously
funny, not that xenophobic and almost entirely
apt guide, perfect homework for the fortunate on
ferry or plane.
| A brief pen portrait of a
nation and its people and even the odd humorous
dig at their subject without being politically
Lancashire Evening Telegraph
|Table of Contents
| Nationalism and Identity
Attitudes and Values
Manners and Behaviour
Leisure and Pleasure
Drinking and Eating
Custom and Tradition
Sense of Humour
Business and Commerce
Kaji, Noriko Hama, Robert Ainsley and
|Format: 96 pages,
|Published: Coming Soon
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