Readers seeking to gain insight into Japanese lives, rather than read this kind of one-sided nihonjinron (theories of Japaneseness - a kind of propaganda that was fashionable in the 70's but quickly discredited), with its claims to exploring "the uniqueness" of "the Japanese" (what, all of them?), would do better to look at "Understanding Japanese Society" by anthropologist Joy Hendry. Instead of claiming any "uniqueness" for "the Japanese", that book offers a very readable, insightful, and ultimately human (holistic) exploration of the ways in which the various realms of Japanese society (home, school, work, government, ritual, religion, play etc.) function, for various members, at different life stages, from their point of view. Readers of that book will come to see that Japanese ways of thinking make sense in context, and are not so unique after all.