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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Japanese (Xenophobe's Guides) by [Kaji, Sahoko, Hama, Noriko, Rice, Jonathan]
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"Each book is an entertaining essay on the failings, foibles and good points of their subjects. Their humour is relaxed and gentle." "Lancashire Evening Telegraph""

About the Author

Sahoko Kaji is an economist and a professor.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Xenophobe's Guides; New edition (26 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00796E7RU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Many things in this little book are frighteningly so true.

Entertaining, well observed and fairly evaluated from the Western cultural perspective (so I think - I'm a Japanese living in UK since 2000).

It's not really a 'guide book' as such. Instead, it gives you a brilliant cultural comparison, their mentality and the physical environment (climate, geography etc) that affects their world view.

If you are planning to visit Japan for a few days, this book won't give you much useful information, but, if you are going to stay there for more than 1 month and hoping to mingle with local people, this book would give you some subtle but really important insights to the 'why' of their behaviours.

Best read with your own 'Xenophobe's...' to get a benchmark. (I read 'the English', 'the Italian', 'the American', 'the French' and of course, 'the Japanese'.)

Like any other value system, the Japanese culture was like an invisible & odourless gas that I was breathing without knowing it - till I read this book.
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This is a interesting and quirky book. I'm not sure how accurate some of the facts are but some of them really surprised me. Most of the book explains how some Japanese people act/think and why they act/think that way. It also goes onto other subjects like comedy, sports and customs etc. This books sheds light on the culture so that you have a better idea of how Japanese people live their lives. This is great for a casual read, especially if you are interested in Japanese culture. It certainly is a fun read.
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After reading this most-enjoyable, educational and, at times, very funny, book I see my Japanese friends and acquaintances in a new light. Truly, being Japanese is a challenge. Yet, they live longer than we, the laid-back Westerners. I wonder why. It can't be all due to diet.
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A little levity can be welcome in a potentially dry narrative but this book is very lightweight and places humour before enlightenment

It does contain some interesting trivia but anyone seeking an intelligent analysis at the Japanese psyche will not find it here.
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No wonder some people were so amused when I visited Japan in 2007! I must have been a complete buffoon! This is an excellent guide but I doubt a gaijin could ever fit in perfectly. One needs to be born in Japan for that.
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Short book, easy to read. Humorous and informative.
Also, I have passed it on to people that have visited japan and they said it was pretty accurate.
I thoroughly recommend it.
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As someone who lives in Japan, I approached this book with an open mind, hoping to gain a 'westerner's insight' into what life would be like here. While a lot of this book is true, most of the content is outdated (i.e. Japan 20 years ago) and generalises Japan in quite an offensive manner. Phrases like 'whats in the lunchbox? Surprise, surprise, rice' take away from what could've been an informative book. If it weren't for the fact that some of the book was informative, I would've given this 1*...
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I work in a Japanese company and I found this book very accurate. I read it for entertainment but I found that it actually explained some of aspects of the Japanese culture I still had no idea about. Really good and funny as hell.
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