- Series: Culture Smart!
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Kuperard; 2 edition (July 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857336143
- ISBN-13: 978-1857336146
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japan - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture Paperback – July 1, 2011
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For example, in page 10, a list says Japanese paper currencies are only 10000, 5000 and 1000, but in fact, there is a 2000 yen note. In page 121, this book says "When the meal arrives at your table, say "go-chiso-sama"", But I have hardly heard this phrase in this situation.
Having said that, I recommend that you read this book if you want to learn Japan from a small and compact book. Most contents are basically correct.
At first, I thought it seemed negative and even possibly sarcastic at times. I was annoyed and almost offended. I wasn't sure I wanted to keep reading. But I was finding things in it that I hadn't learned from discussions, animes, online information, or the other books I had read such as "The Japanese Way" and "Japanese Cultural Encounters."
It didn't include personal stories nor was it academic-style. It is easy to read and easy to find what you're looking for. It's worth reading, re-reading, and keeping as a reference. It contains some useful information, including dos and don'ts and some of the not so glamorous realities of Japanese life, culture, economy. I did find some typos, which was surprising, but not anything big. The writing style was less personal and has a "unique" style compared to other Japanese culture books.
I liked it a lot and found it a good addition to my collection of books to understand the Japanese mind and way of life.
I recommend adding it even if you have other culture books.
I will note that it seems aimed at probably Americans or Europeans who have not lived in Japan, who do not speak Japanese, and who have not traveled to Japan. It's not extremely in-depth, but more a small, compact guidebook to get out when you need it and a quick, handy read overall.