Japan Through the Looking Glass (Paperback)

Alan MacFarlane

Intelligent and engaging ... an excellent book for anyone with an interest in Japanese culture.

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.

Publication date: 17/07/2008

£9.99

ISBN: 9781861979674

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Travel & Nature

Japan Through the Looking Glass (Ebook)

Alan MacFarlane

Intelligent and engaging ... an excellent book for anyone with an interest in Japanese culture.

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.

Publication date: 06/08/2010

£9.99

ISBN: 9781847650580

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B003ZDNWLS

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Travel & Nature

Reviews for Japan Through the Looking Glass

'Intelligent and engaging ... an excellent book for anyone with an interest in Japanese culture.'

 Sunday Telegraph

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An elegantly arranged narrative that takes in everything from the mythical roots of sumo to the ubiquity of Shinto shrines.

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 The Times

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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.

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 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

Alan MacFarlane

Alan MacFarlane

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

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