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In The Japanese Mind, Roger Davies offers Westerners an invaluable key to the unique aspects of Japanese culture.   

Listeners of this book 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.  

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.

©2002 Roger Davies and Osamu Ikeno (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Joseph O'Donnell
  • 19-05-20

Bad Pronunciation of Japanese terms

Very monotone delivery which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The reading is clear but the Reader was not very familiar with how the Japanes language sounds which leads to some jarring readings.

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  • Dave Lindeman
  • 02-11-20

Very interesting, equally dry

This would be a great book to discuss for a class and I enjoyed it as a solo read. However if you only have a mild interest in japan you’ll burn out before you finish.