- Series: Culture Smart!
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Kuperard; Reprinted Ed edition (September 5, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857333098
- ISBN-13: 978-1857333091
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,515,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japan - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture Paperback – September 5, 2006
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About the Author
PAUL NORBURY has been closely associated with Japan as publisher, editor, and author since the early 1970s, when he launched the award-winning Tsuru magazine for Japan Airlines, the best of which was published in book form as Introducing Japan. He also co-edited with Geoffrey Bownas Business in Japan: A Guide to Japanese Business Practice and Procedure. In the 1980s he published Euro-Asia Business Review for the Euro-Asia Centre, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and established the Japan Library. In 1990 he founded the quarterly Japan Digest, and in 1996 a new imprint, Global Oriental.
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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.
I would also add that it's an *important* book to read before visiting Japan, because their culture has many distinct differences from our own, and many of them make very little sense to an outsider - not the sort of thing that you might intuitively figure out. For example, it's extremely bad manners to blow your nose in public in Japan. Who knew?
If I have one criticism, it's that there is so much that's left out. Even after a brief two-week trip, there is a ton of information I learned that would occur to me to add to this book.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is very small.