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Book Review: Behind The Japanese Mask

Author: Svitlana Grytsenko, Issue: July 2005, Topic: Japanese Culture

"All aspects of Japan are the mask, and they are all also the true face of Japan. Sometimes the mask is the true face, and sometimes it is just a mask." Jonathan Rice who lived and worked in Japan for a dozen years touches on general and very private aspects of Japanese life, business and culture in his book called "Behind the Japanese mask..." He explains why Japanese "hai" does not always mean "yes" in English and different possibilities of translating no, one of which is "you may be right". This book observes traditional values of Japanese society; pressure to get married and divorce, including the phenomenon of the Narikon - Narita divorce. It also gives a comparison of basic values in Japanese and Western societies, tells about business etiquette, and rules of giving and receiving gifts with a few interesting details you might not know about.

If you wonder how it is possible to talk about so many different aspects of Japan from history, religion and climate to marriage, business and leisure, you might want to read this book.

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