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Culture Shock! Japan by P. Sean Bramble
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Jan 15, 09

Read in December, 2008

This is definitely an informative and entertaining read. Even though I'd already been living in the country for a couple months when I picked up the book, it still taught me a lot; and even the stuff I already knew was presented in an interesting manner.

Nevertheless, I found myself frustrated with Bramble's incessant negativity. From a gaijin (foreigner) standpoint, it's all too easy to have a cynical attitude toward Japanese culture. Unfortunately, this attitude seems to constitute the trend within most of the foreign-authored literature on Japan. From a Western perspective, Japanese culture is easily perceived as weird, rude, and just plain irrational. What I'd really like to see is a Western author who can discuss his personal exposure to Japanese thought, practices, and traditions without becoming entrenched in negative criticism.

...If that's possible.
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