Japan - Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture Paperback – 1 Jul 2011
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Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, --Various
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This series represents a completely new kind of travel publishing. In answering the needs of travellers in a changing world, it leads the way in building bridges between cultures and fostering mutual understanding and respect.
It provides vital information, not only to tourists, but also to the ever-growing number of travelling businessmen and women. As business traffic increases around the globe, so the need for greater cross-cultural understanding, in order to achieve a successful outcome, becomes more pressing.
These handy digests contain essential cultural information that enables you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, to be a responsible and sympathetic visitor, and to derive the maximum benefit from your stay.
Written by the expert consultants at CultureShock!Consulting, the information provided is accurate, up-to-date, and based on hands-on experience.See all Product Description
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The only way you will ever have a true understanding, is to live amongst the Japanese. With that said, this book provides a pretty fair general introduction to the customs and etiquette of Japan.
The Japanese at Home
Most books like this are written entirely for the businessperson who knows nothing about Japan, and doesn't want to offend his host, and this is no exception, providing more attention to swapping business cards and board-room no-no's than is really necessary.
Nevertheless there are some interesting bits on the history and values of Japan, if you're moving to the country, or planning on traveling there, I recommend this book, but just be polite and friendly is really all the advice you need, the Japanese don't expect foreigners to know about any of their customs, but are naturally impressed if you do!
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In conclusion, this is well written and does have the odd piece of information that is useful and interesting. But I suspect its nothing exceptional and that more complete information may be obtained from ordinary travel guides.