By Boye Lafayette De Mente
Japan's Cultural Code Words is a examine of jap society in the course of the figuring out of the most important phrases and ideas that outline their attitudes and behaviors.
Japan's conventional tradition continues to be so strong that it is still the existing strength in molding and tuning the nationwide personality of the japanese, with the outcome that they nonetheless have faces—one sleek and rational, the opposite conventional and emotional.
The most sensible and quickest solution to an realizing of the conventional and emotional aspect of eastern attitudes and behaviour is thru their "business and cultural code words"—key phrases that display, extensive, their psychology and philosophy. In 234 essays, prepared alphabetically from "Ageashi / Tripping by yourself Tongue" to "Zenrei / Breaking the Molds of the Past". long-term expatriate and across the world popular professional on Japan, Boye Lafayette De Mente deals own insights into the extremes of eastern habit and into the dynamics of 1 of the world's so much interesting societies.
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Of course, a great deal of this motivation to “help” the Japanese is an exercise in egoism and is nothing more than showing off; the Japanese are very much aware of this, and they exploit it to the fullest. Some foreigners who are in Japan long enough to discover the power of obligation turn the use of arigata meiwaku into a profession, deliberately building up “social debts” with the Japanese in key positions in order to further their goals. Again, the Japanese recognize a “misplaced kindness” instantly, and whether or not they accept one depends on their own agenda—which may be no more than to get what they can from the people concerned, and then ignore them.
It dramatically improved their social lives with Japanese women. Most of the Westerners living in Japan then, however, continued to eat a diet of meat and butter, and no amount of bathing would eliminate the body odor such a diet causes. Unfortunately, the smell of butter turned out to be especially nauseous to the Japanese, giving rise to the saying, bata kusai (bah-tah kuu-sie), or “smelling of butter,” which was gradually used as an uncomplimentary way of referring to Western attitudes and behavior.
Throughout most of their early history, the Japanese concentrated their intellectual prowess and their energy on improving the simple patterns of life they had synthesized from the arts, crafts and philosophies developed in China and India. The Japanese focused more on aesthetics and on emotional and spiritual contentment than they did on changing the way things were done. In the process, they developed a culture that was extraordinarily sophisticated and filled with the beauty of paper, wood, stone and metal products handcrafted by masters.