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A Guide to Traditions Customs and Etiquette: KATA as the Key to Understan

Boye Lafayette De Mente Geoff Botting



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01 February 2018
Cultural studies; Sociology: customs & traditions; International business; Parties, etiquette & entertaining; Languages & ESL; Japanese - Cultural Material; Japanese - Languages
Japan: A Guide to Traditions, Customs and Etiquette is the first book to explain in detail why the Japanese think and behave as they do and it has now been completely revised and expanded.

Veteran Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente unlocks the mysteries of KATA-the cultural forms that shape and define Japanese attitudes, behaviour and character. These forms are responsible for creating the unique traits and talents which make the Japanese distinct. Virtually all interactions in Japan are governed by KATA and they remain the key to understanding and interacting successfully in Japan in all personal and business matters.

In seventy short, clear essays ranging from The Art of Bowing and Importance of the Apology to The Compulsion for Quality and Exchanging Name Cards , De Mente unravels the complexities of Japanese culture and etiquette by exploring the origin, nature, use and influence of KATA in Japanese life.
By:   Boye Lafayette De Mente
Revised by:   Geoff Botting
Imprint:   Tuttle
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 130mm, 
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9784805314425
ISBN 10:   4805314427
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 February 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Language:   Japanese
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Boye Lafayette De Mente first went to Japan in 1949 as a member of a U.S. military intelligence agency, and was involved with the country for more than six decades as a student, journalist, editor, lecturer, and writer. He is the author of more than thirty books on Japan, including Japanese Etiquette and Ethics in Business and How to Do Business With the Japanese. Completely revised and expanded by Geoff Botting who has lived in Japan for over a quarter century, witnessing Japan's economic bubble, its bursting, and the changes that came in its wake. He is a freelance translator and a print and broadcast journalist specializing in business.

Reviews for Japan: A Guide to Traditions Customs and Etiquette: KATA as the Key to Understan

Even long-time students of Japan will find the book illuminating and thought-provoking. -Sam Jameson, former Tokyo Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times The book explores many important aspects of Japanese society. With help from his book, visitors will certainly better understand the people and their culture. -Travel Pulse In Japan, the process of accomplishing a goal is just as significant, if not more significant, than the actual result-a notable contrast to the West. De Mente defines kata as the 'way things are supposed to be done,' and he educates readers on how the concept has shaped Japan throughout its history and the present. [...] Japan: A Guide to Traditions, Customs and Etiquette is really an exploration of the Japanese psyche. - JQ Magazine This book is great for anyone looking to get deep under the surface of Japanese culture and better understand this fascinating country -Japan Australia blog This book is great for everyone that is interested in the Japanese culture and wants to go beyond the surface of this fascinating country and its people. Especially if you have plans of living in Japan for a longer period of time and/or working with a Japanese company, this book is definitely a must-read. -The Travel Tester blog

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