The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture

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In The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture you will gain a clear understanding of what 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 (perseverance),
  • 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.

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