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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Japanese (Xenophobe's Guides) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
It does contain some interesting trivia but anyone seeking an intelligent analysis at the Japanese psyche will not find it here.
Also, I have passed it on to people that have visited japan and they said it was pretty accurate.
I thoroughly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing special but interesting at moments. Heavily stereotypical and makes a lot of assumptions but enables foreigners to grasp a bit of the Japanese society.Published 10 days ago by David R.
Shared Insider knowledge sprinkled with humor. An intriguing read even if you never intend going to Japan. Fascinating.Published 5 months ago by Laurence M.
An entertaining read; made me laugh out loud, just like the others in the series!Published 15 months ago by MCT
Very interesting look into the culture of the Japanese and explains some of the quirky ( to westerners) attitudes. Wish the book was longer.Published 16 months ago by b wood
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