CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

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CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:31 am

NAME: Lori B.


CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

P Sean Bramble, author. Published by Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2008

# ISBN-10: 0761454888
# ISBN-13: 978-0761454885



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Recommend:
For Westerners contemplating their first vacation in Japan.
For Westerners going for a stay for work or business for the first time.
For Westerners communicating with the Japanese for business via telephone or email.

Not Recommend:
For individuals seeking to learn to speak Japanese.
For individuals looking for instruction regarding dress, kitsuke or geisha interest. This book assumes western dress.

Review:
This is one volume of the Cultureshock! series that is aimed at preventing English speaking Westerners from embarrassing or alienating themselves while on vacation. Japan has a culture that places as much importance on how something is said or done as much as what is said or done. Even when conversing with English speaking Japanese it is sometimes difficult to communicate and we are left afterward wondering what just happened. This book seeks to add some clarity on the proper way to say or do even basic things so that we don't confuse, offend or annoy the Japanese that we are trying to interact with. Although most of the book assumes in-person interaction much of the content also applies to communication over the phone or by email making this a useful book for those of us placing overseas orders for kimono. This book will not answer all of our questions by any stretch of the imagination but it can help us get our point across and understand what the Japanese are trying to say to us.

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Re: CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:31 am

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This looks like a very good book! I'm gonna see if my library has it...

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Re: CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

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This looks like a very good book! I'm gonna see if my library has it...

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Re: CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:31 am

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Could have used one...
Remenber, how we the first time in a sushibar in Tokyo, tried to use green tea powder as wasabi in the soya sauce... :oops:

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Re: CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:32 am

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I remember reading this book and getting a superior tone from it... one example that stuck with me was the author calling Japanese adults "infantile" for reading manga. I wonder if that has changed in the updated edition. :gah:

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Re: CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:32 am

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Ouch! "infantile for reading manga" That's a painful comparison. Perhaps the writer needs to read more. Manga is very much accepted in Japan with content published for both sexes and all ages. I wish it was more like that here.

Of course I am a bit biased since my job is working on comics.

I was interested until I read that blurb, does anyone know if the impression has changed in the update?

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Re: CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:32 am

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At times the author does seem to get frustrated but the book isn't about how to love or hate Japan. It's about how to communicate with the Japanese without saying something we don't mean. Communication is about more than language. We can say one thing with words but a completely different thing with our body language or even which words we choose to say or how we say what we do. The book also keeps us from unintentionally having bad manners like by say, walking around while eating a snack.

We don't have to agree with the author's personal attitudes to use the information in the book. His dislike of manga is his business. I don't recall any part of the book saying that if you speak to someone while holding manga in your hand that they will think you're infantile and react accordingly. I also don't recall it saying that seeing someone reading manga means you should avoid them and find someone less infantile to converse with. The author's opinions are different from the working part of the book. Just use the informational part and forget the author's attitude.

My position on manga is neutral. I personally don't care for manga but everyone else is free to read as much of it as they want. It wont stop me from having conversations with them. If we only spoke with people with identical likes and dislikes to our own then we wouldn't speak much at all. Books probably wouldn't sell very well either.

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Re: CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:32 am

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Thank you for the additional information Lori. My husband is Japanese but he never lived in Japan. I hope to visit someday and like to learn as much as I can about the cultural expectations of a country before visiting.

I think the walking while eating a snack is a great example because it applies to so many countries. In the US we have a fast food culture and do eat and walk, most of us wouldn't even consider that as being rude in other places unless someone tells us.

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Re: CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:32 am

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The book mentions all kinds of things like that. Like don't give a potted plant to a sick friend in the hospital. It insinuates that you believe the illness has taken root and your friend wont recover. Or don't congratulate someone that is retiring from their job. Retirement isn't a happy time of celebration in Japan like it is in the US. Or if you're having a disagreement with someone and they say "Yes" to something you said don't assume they are agreeing with you. I would never have thought of this stuff. That's why I like the book.

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Re: CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:33 am

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Yep, it was just hard for me to trust his assessment of what's important re: cross-cultural communication without offending... when I got the feeling that he was being condescending. But there's still useful information in there.

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