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Japan Through the Looking Glass By Alan MacFarlane

Japan Through the Looking Glass

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Takes us on an exploration into the different aspects of Japanese society: from public to intimate. This title uncovers the multi-faceted nature of the country and people who are even more extraordinary than they seem. It includes religion, ritual, martial arts, manners, eating, drinking, hot baths, geishas, family, home, and singing.

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Japan Through the Looking Glass by Alan MacFarlane

This entertaining and endlessly surprising book takes us on an exploration into every aspect of Japanese society from the most public to the most intimate. A series of meticulous investigations gradually uncovers the multi-faceted nature of a country and people who are even more extraordinary than they seem. Our journey encompasses religion, ritual, martial arts, manners, eating, drinking, hot baths, geishas, family, home, singing, wrestling, dancing, performing, clans, education, aspiration, sexes, generations, race, crime, gangs, terror, war, kindness, cruelty, money, art, imperialism, emperor, countryside, city, politics, government, law and a language that varies according to whom you are speaking. Clear-sighted, persistent, affectionate, unsentimental and honest - Alan Macfarlane shows us Japan as it has never been seen before.

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Japan Through the Looking Glass Reviews


Intelligent and engaging ... an excellent book for anyone with an interest in Japanese culture. * Sunday Telegraph *
An elegantly arranged narrative that takes in everything from the mythical roots of sumo to the ubiquity of Shinto shrines. * The Times *
An engaging and well-informed analysis of Japanese culture and society ...Readers fresh to Japanese studies will find something fascinating on every page; those more familiar with writing on Japan will appreciate the smaller details, many born of Macfarlane's rich comparative insights. * Independent *
He triumphantly decodes this enigmatic country. * Japan Times *
A must read for businesspeople and anyone planning a visit to this vibrant land. * Monsters and Critics.com *

About Alan MacFarlane


Alan Macfarlane is Professor of Anthropology at Cambridge. He has often visited and taught in Japan.

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GOR001246340
Japan Through the Looking Glass by Alan MacFarlane
Alan MacFarlane
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Profile Books Ltd
2008-07-17
288
1861979673
9781861979674
N/A
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