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Sex and the Japanese: The Sensual Side of Japan Paperback – November 15, 2006

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About the Author

Boye Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, and Korea since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, trade journalist, editor, and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (now Thunderbird: The School of Global Management). His 70-plus books include Japan's Cultural Code Words, Business Guide to Japan, and Japan Unmasked.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804838267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804838269
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...unless this is your very first venture into the erotic side of the Japanese, that is. For the neophyte to Japanese and Asian women in general, this might be an OK 1st grade-level book. If you are at all interested in this book, however, chances are you already have some idea of sexual attitudes in this part of the world. This book won't tell you anything you don't already know, or at least have an idea of. Chapters covering each topic are very short and superficial. Add to that, half of the book is nothing more than a glossary of sorts. Again, possibly useful to the babe-in-the-woods, but to anyone else, nothing more than filler to take up space and make the book seem longer than it really is.
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A basic phrase/guide book, nothing more. Its only 190 pages. Over half that, is "phrases"!.The book is the personal opinions of the Author, in journalistic style. Buy a guidebook or search the internet instead. I could've written this myself in 3 months!
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This short book is a real eye opener. It could more properly be called a guide to having sex with Japanese women. It's well written, insightful, and hard to put down before finishing. The first line of Chapter One reads "The Judeo-Christian concept of recreational sex as sinful and abhorrent in the eyes of an all-powerful god is, I believe, one of the biggest con-jobs every foisted on any group of mankind. The ulterior motive of the creators of this concept was, of course, political and social control (especially women), and had nothing whatsoever to do with morality or saving `immortal souls.'"
The author then goes on to provide the historical and religious reasons why Japan missed out on the guilt trip associated with any kind of sexual pleasure. He gives a brief account of Japanese history and relates it to present day Japan. He believes that some knowledge of Japanese is necessary for westerners to properly seduce, or be seduced by, modern Japanese woman who have absolutely no guilt feelings about sexual experimentation. The book's introduction is a primer from pronouncing Japanese words, which are remarkably easy to pronounce. The language of love is a very important part of Japanese art and culture.
The last forty percent of the book is a dictionary of the Japanese Language of Love and sexual terms such as "Love Hotels" as well as how to pronounce the various terms. These words are as easy to pronounce as Spanish. Compared to the similar book "Making Out In Korean" by Peter Constantine and Gene Baik, it's easy to pick up the necessary language skills to converse in Japanese. While Korean is a very tough language to pick up, Japanese is easy.
"Sex and the Japanese" is a fun read.
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First Japanese girls tend to be very feminine and happy to be female. They come from a different background and culture than much of the West, and are not into guilt and carrying a lot of sexual baggage. For most Japanese, at least from my reading and Asian travels, they are brought up to know that sex is a natural, beautiful act, and if done properly and modestly, then it is sensual and exciting, and appreciated by both genders. This little book goes a long way in explaining what is happening between the Westerner and the Japanese (besides language and gestures), and why there is so much confusion in the courting process. The book also helps with the vocabulary and learning about such areas as The Ginza, Hibiya/Yurakucho, Roppongi, etc. Love hotels (lov-tels) are often in areas where other hotels aren't and have fortress or futuristic appearances, and will have short-time themes like Arabic harems, jungle hideaways or undulating beds made to resemble boats and cars. The Shinto religon of Japan recognized, respected and celebrated the sensual side of human life with great gusto...and this book helps to explain. Buy it especially if you are in Japan for business, study or for tourism. It will help you manuever socially and get to know the local people on a more personal level.
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My one star rating is overly generous. Ms.De mente obviously appreciates the unbendable fact that you can fool most of the people most of the time. I'm sure she has fooled the curiously gullible into buying this insipid, appropriated bilge. The last part of the book ( a dictionary of Japanese words and expressions snuck in to add more bulk to this lighweight junk) made me laugh out loud (for the hundredth time) with contempt. A wonderful cover and catchy title, which reeked of bluffiness! I had a strong suspicion that the content couldn't match the cover and I was correct. If you can borrow this from a library, then give it a whirl, but don't think about wasting your hard-earned money on this potentially recyclable toilet paper.
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