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Japan Through the Looking Glass by Alan Macfarlane
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May 10, 2010

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Read from August 05 to September 01, 2010

This is a very interesting book examining Japanese society. The author does have some great insights on the country, but, as he points out early in the book, not many people will be able to fully understand the society because of the contradictions. Macfarlane includes himself in this group of people, as an outsider, it would be nearly impossible for him to "get" Japanese society when the uniqueness of it is impressed upon its people from a very early age. Even Japanese have a hard time explaining their society in certain ways. If someone is interested in Japan, this book is certainly worth a read, but it merely skims some of the nuances of Japan and explains their possible origins. It certainly isn't a bad book, it just takes a while to fully get into what the author is saying.
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