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Introduction to Japanese Culture

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Its literature, music, art and cuisine embody the richness of Japan's renowned culture. Preserved for centuries in its highly independent and utterly unique rituals, festivals, and ethics, Japanese culture may now seem utterly Westernized—yet much of it will seem mysterious to Westerners. Introduction to Japanese Culture presents an overview, through sixty-eight original a ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published June 15th 1996 by Tuttle Publishing
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Karl Hallbjörnsson
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
A short introductory book on the many facets on Japanese Culture. Regard this book as a primer of sorts — a true introduction. The author does not go into detail. However, as a beginner's guide it's quite effective for rousing interest in various areas one might not have heard of or misunderstood. ...more
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Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
As the title says, it's mainly an introduction to aspects of Japanese culture and nothing too in-depth. Everything discussed is only done so at the length of a single page, with anything more being another page of diagrams for naming certain parts of whatever (e.g. Noh, Kabuki, homes). Sosnoski only edited the pieces together. Every article was written by someone else, with the authors listed on the last page and not during the article. However, since each page is usually written by a different ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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This book contains a series of one page essays on various aspects of Japanese culture. They contain many comparisons with Western culture (e.g., Japanese New Year is compared with Christmas, Tokyo's subway is compared with New York's), which were sometimes helpful but not always. The illustrations were helpful for learning specialized Japanese vocabulary (e.g., implements used in tea ceremony, aspects of Sumo, areas in a Shinto shrine). Some of the information is a bit dated now. ...more
The book is essentially a compilation of (well-)researched essays that could serve as samplers for some key features of Japanese culture. Although there is some organization in the topic groupings, each essay can serve as a standalone article. That said, the flow and tone don't always work in sustaining interest, making this the kind of book you are more likely to read in short "doses". Also, several essays make it a point to compare Japanese culture with Western culture; while it can be a usefu ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
A simple yet solid introduction to the many aspects of Japanese culture. Great for the beginner in that it likens Japanese customs with Western ones where applicable, helping to engage the reader while retaining a strong sense of oriental uniqueness. A nice stepping stone to those interested in studying the culture in more depth. It does however fall short in some areas. As each topic is discussed within a single page, there are times when the author must condense or expand explanations, which b ...more
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