Japan's Cultural Code Words

Key Terms That Explain the Attitudes and Behavior of the Japanese

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Author: Boye Lafayette De Mente

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462900623

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

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Japan's Cultural Code Words is a study of Japanese society through the understanding of the key terms and concepts that define their attitudes and behaviors. Japan's traditional culture is still so powerful that it continues to be the prevailing force in molding and tuning the national character of the Japanese, with the result that they still have two faces—one modern and rational, the other traditional and emotional. The best and fastest way to an understanding of the traditional and emotional side of Japanese attitudes and behavior is through their "business and cultural code words"—key terms that reveal, in depth, their psychology and philosophy. In 234 essays, arranged alphabetically from "Ageashi / Tripping on Your Own Tongue" to "Zenrei / Breaking the Molds of the Past". Long term expatriate and internationally renowned expert on Japan, Boye Lafayette De Mente offers personal insights into the extremes of Japanese behavior and into the dynamics of one of the world's most fascinating societies.

Why the Japanese Are a Superior People!

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Author: Boye Lafayette De Mente

Publisher: Cultural-Insight Books

ISBN: 0914778838

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Boy Lafayette De Mente-author of more than 50 books on the business practices, cultures and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico-identifies and describes the cultural elements that made the Japanese an extraordinary people-elements based on the fact that the Japanese are right-brain oriented but are able to use both sides of their brain...with remarkable results that are responsible for their economic prowess, their aesthetic prowess, and the seductive nature of their culture. He pinpoints the areas where the Japanese have conspicuous advantages over Americans and other left-brain oriented people. A Must Read for anyone interested in understanding the character and mindset of the Japanese for whatever purpose.

NTC's Dictionary of Japan's Cultural Code Words

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Author: Boye De Mente

Publisher: Ntc Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780844283159

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 384

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This useful text contains 230 Japanese expressions known to every Japanese, cross referencing of entries by thematic groupings, and a 14-entry set of introductory readings, designed to offer a broad cultural overview of Japan.

Samurai Principles & Practices

That Will Help Preteens & Teens Succeed in School, Sports, Social Activiies & Choosing Careers!

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Author: Boye De Mente

Publisher: Cultural-Insight Books

ISBN: 0914778994

Category: Education

Page: 84

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FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS, PRETEENS & TEENS: Japan's famous samurai warriors, who ruled the country from 1192 until 1868, were one of the most remarkable groups of people the world has ever seen. Their skills with the sword and other weapons of war have seldom been equaled and never surpassed. During the latter centuries of the samurai reign their training went beyond the martial arts to include such cultural pursuits as poetry, painting, calligraphy, history, philosophy and human behavior. Schooling in the skills and knowledge necessary to produce a samurai began in early childhood, and was a lifelong effort. Samurai Principles & Practices That Will Help Preteens & Teens in School, Sports, Social Activities & Choosing Careers, by internationally known Japanologist and author Boy Lafayette De Mente, identifies the principles and practices that made up the educational and training process of samurai youths. The book covers all of the basics of the samurai training-setting goals, discipline, diligence, perseverance, respect, personal appearance, keeping things in order, using intuitive and emotional intelligence, and tapping into cosmic power. De Mente says that training in karate, kendo (the way of the sword) and meditation are paths to learning the skills, morality and motivation that made the samurai so successful, and recommends that this training be incorporated into the educational system of Western countries. An intriguing handbook for success that should especially appeal to the video game generation...

Cultural Failures That Are Destroying the American Dream! - The Destructive Influence of Male Dominance & Religious Dogma!

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Author: Boye Lafayette De Mente

Publisher: Cultural-Insight Books

ISBN: 091477817X

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Author Boy Lafayette De Mente blames male dominance, invalid and inhuman religious dogma, a new morality based on money and a political system that is dysfunctional for all of problems besetting the United States.De Mente says that the primary cause of the failures of human cultures since day one has been males who put power over females, tribalism, territorialism and race above the rights of people in general."As the eons passed there was a growing awareness among male leaders of the need for rules to control the animalistic attitudes and behavior of men but all of the institutions they created-including religions-continued to reflect the primitive nature of human males-and this nature is responsible for the mess the world is in today," he added.This book details the negative consequences of male dominance in every area of human endeavor, beginning with religions and including business, politics, education, entertainment and the news media, and suggests remedies for the cultural morass that threatens the American dream and imperils the rest of the world.Among the topics dealt with in the book: the harmful influence of advertising, sleaze entertainment, prostitution, the rise of pornography as a major industry, child abuse, sexual abuse, violence, the excess consumption syndrome, the ongoing anti-female dogma of religions, the growth of newspeak to control people, and the good and the bad of the Internet.One of the more unusual recommendations in the book is that parents around the world should emulate the samurai, the hereditary warrior class that ruled Japan from 1192 until the late 1860s, in educating their children. "The 26 attributes samurai parents taught their children reflect wisdom that is still rare in today's world" De Mente said. The 26 attributes are included in the text of the book.

The Bizarre and the Wondrous from the Land of the Rising Sun!

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Author: Boye De Mente,Demetra De Ment

Publisher: Cultural-Insight Books

ISBN: 1456424750

Category: Travel

Page: 164

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The Bizarre and the Wondrous from the Land of the Rising Sun highlights unique aspects of Japan-ancient and modern-that have made the country fascinating to Westerners since they first stumbled upon the islands in 1543. These unusual attractions range from high-tech robots that do such things as act as tourist guides and perform delicate surgery, to festivals that go back more than two thousand years and strike many foreign visitors as being bizarre. Among the celebrations that could be labeled as bizarre are annual fertility festivals that feature authentic-looking replicas of the male penis carved in wood, from purse-size versions to ones that are over two meters long and weigh up to 800 pounds. The best known of the fertility festivals is the one staged each March 15 by the Tagata Shrine near the city of Nagoya. The largest wooden penis is carved anew each year, and after the ceremony is kept on display in the main shrine building until the following year when it is sold to private buyers. On the day of the festival the large version of the erect male organ is pulled through the streets on a wheeled cart by up to 12 men to the delight of raucous crowds and child-bearing-age women who try to touch the replica in order to increase their chances of becoming pregnant. Other penis replicas are edible versions made like candy and cookies that are sold to visitors as snacks and souvenirs to take home. Also on the incredible side is a legend that the young Jewish man now known and worshipped by Christians as Jesus Christ the son of God did not die on the cross-that, in fact, he lived and died in Herai Village in Japan. According to the Christian Bible Jesus was born in Israel. There is no further mention of him in the Bible until he is 12 years old when he appears at a Jewish synagogue and lambasts the rabbis for their un-Christian like behavior. The next mention of Jesus in the Bible is when he is in his early 30s and shows up at the Jordan River to be baptized by John, a well-known Jewish preacher. According to the Japanese legend, Jesus and his brother Isukiri spent most of those missing years in Japan, returning to Judea when Jesus was 34 years old. The story goes on to say that after he was betrayed to the Roman authorities he fled back to Japan, and it was his brother who was crucified. The story adds that Jesus married a Japanese girl, became a rice farmer, and lived the rest of his life in Herai [later renamed Shingo]. There is a tomb in Herai that has long been known as the burial place of Jesus [Jehova], the son of Mary. In the book, De Mente goes on to explain how the legend and the tomb became known to present-day Japanese authorities and was publicized in English for the first time in 1935. De Mente says he learned about the story in Tokyo in the early 1950s when he was editor of a monthly cultural magazine, including seeing a photograph of documentary evidence from a museum in Herai. Other fascinating stories in the book include how the infamous secret agents and assassins known as ninja [neen-jah] became a major part of Japanese history; why and how Japan became the first nation in the world to have a national network of roadside inns spaced one day's march apart; why the Japanese are so skilled at producing arts and crafts of extraordinary beauty; why single Japanese girls and men have a hard time hooking up; why Japan's izakaya are more fun than Irish pubs; why rice and other vegetables grow on top of buildings; how the Japanese came up with a new reason for wearing clothes...and some 50-plus other fascinating stories.

The 6 Keys to a Good Life - What You Must Know & Do to Live a Full Life

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Author: Boye Lafayette De Mente

Publisher: Cultural-Insight Books

ISBN: 0914778889

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Author Boye Lafayette De Mente identifies and describes the six overlapping elements in life--the physical, emotional, sexual, intellectual, spiritual and philosophical--that determine the quality of life, and provides specific and provocative guidelines for understanding, coping with, and making the best use of these elements. De Mente is internationally known for his 60-plus books on business ethics, culture, the influence of language on human behavior and the role of sex in human affairs. He has received numerous accolades for the clarity and impact of his writing style.

Elements of Japanese Design

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Author: Boye De Mente

Publisher: Tuttle Pub

ISBN: 9780804837491

Category: Architecture

Page: 142

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Learn how to achieve the timeless beauty that is Japanese design

Japanese Business

Cultural Perspectives

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Author: Subhash Durlabhji,Norton E. Marks,Scott Roach

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791412510

Category: Social Science

Page: 388

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This collection of readings is intended to serve as a foundation for those expecting to have commercial interaction with the Japanese. The selections--from sources not limited to mainstream business journals--address various aspects of the cultural environment of Japanese business and discuss communication and interpersonal relationships, the institutional and legal environment, management and marketing, and the Japanese approach to manufacturing. Some specific topics: the influence of Confucianism and Zen on the Japanese organization, gift-giving, the ethnography of dinner entertainment, spiritual education in a Japanese bank, women managers.