The Xenophobe's Guide to the Japanese Xenophobe's Guide

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Japanese Xenophobe's Guide

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Japanese Xenophobe's Guide ✤ The Xenophobe's Guide to the Japanese Xenophobe's Guide Download ➸ Author Sahoko Kaji – “az egynyelvû és egyszokású ország gyenge és esendõ Ennélfogvamegparancsolom neked fiam hogy a jövevényeket jóakaratúan gyámolítsad ésbecsben tartsad hogy nálad szívesebben tartózk Guide to Kindle Ï “az egynyelvû és egyszokású ország gyenge és esendõ Ennélfogvamegparancsolom neked The Xenophobe's MOBI :Ú fiam hogy a jövevényeket jóakaratúan gyámolítsad ésbecsben tartsad hogy nálad szívesebben Xenophobe's Guide to ePUB ✓ tartózkodjanak” I István magyarkirály intelmei fiához Imre herceghezA mellbevágó sorozatcím ne Xenophobe's Guide to the Japanese PDF \ tévesszen meg senkit Idegengyûlöletrõl szó sincs Aszerzõk csokorba gyûjtötték az egyes nációkról mások tudatában kialakult sommásmegállapításokat és közhelyeket Az olvasó – reméljük – bírni fogja az adottország népét vicceit szokásait s talán elgondolkodik azon is hogyanvélekednek róla más népek olvasóiAhogy az alkohol bekerül a képbe Japánban rögtön elfogadhatóvá válik azelfogadhatatlan viselkedés Ha egy japán becsiccsent akkor végre önmaga lehetIlyenkor bocsánatos bûnnek számít ha lehányja a fõnök cipõjét vagy hafélreérthetetlen szexuális célzásokat tesz látótávolságon belül mindenkire feltéve hogy másnap reggel vidáman lelkesen és pontosan érkezik meg amunkahelyére.

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  1. Patricia Patricia says:

    It took me uite a while to finish this book even though it is so short because I really tried to learn and remember things I’ve only been to Japan once and would love to go there again This book reminded me so much of the funny incidents that happened during our visit to Japan it made me laugh out loud

  2. Wilmington Wilmington says:

    I have now read twenty books in the Xenophobes' Guide series which are usually very good This one is by far the most disappointing and utterly inaccurate one I have read I have painstakingly written down the most aberrant passages and explained why they are wrong I had to abridge my original list though p5 a foreigner who speaks Japanese and shows appreciation of Japanese culture is dubbed henna gaijin weird foreignerI have heard the Japanese use the term 'henna gaijin' for people who behaved very differently from them or did not respect Japanese etiuette but never for someone who showed appreciation for Japanese culture p6 for a woman to be thought of as opinionated is worse than being called uglyThis may be one of the authors' personal experience but it is not something with which a lot of Japanese would agree Japanese women are well known for making all the important decisions within the household and they are becoming increasingly assertive at work too In the younger generation women often have character and stronger opinions than men p15 they refer to rice as go han honourable riceThis is a terrible mistranslation The prefix 'go ' is just used to soften nouns a bit like a substitute to the articles in European languages Therefore 'go han' only means 'the rice' certainly not 'honourable rice' p18 The reason for the business cards is to establish the social status the other person has they aren't able to tell from the outward appearance of course as they all wear identical suitsIt is confusing to talk about social status here when all Japanese 'salarymen' would consider themselves middle class Like everywhere else business cards are meant to determine the other person's rank in the company It is very different from social status as it is only within the company and not society as a whole It is also wrong to say that we can't guess a person's position in a company from their appearance Top managers will almost always wear expensive brand suits even Japanese men are brand addicts which ordinary employees won't be able to afford or in any case won't wear at work so as not to look better than their bosses which could cause a loss of face I wonder if any of the four authors has actually worked in a Japanese company p19 The Japanese are hopeless timekeepers outside of business and will often turn up to meet you at the station an hour or two lateThis is one of the book's most shockingly wrong statement The Japanese are almost always on time even when meeting friends and will often call you to apologise even if they are only five minutes late p22 A gift of two kilos of butter wrapped in department store paper will be far prized than a gold watch in a paper bagDid anybody actually proofread that book before it was published ? What kind of statement is that ? I defy them to launch a large scale survey and find than 1% of Japanese who agree with that p24 You need never read the timetable because trains in Japan are freuent and scarcely ever lateThis sentence doesn't make any sense It is true that Japanese trains are punctual and this is why timetables are useful If trains were constantly late like in Italy timetables would be useless p24 Nearly all tickets are sold from machines but as place names are so difficult to read that often the only people who will understand them are the localsMore nonsense Chinese characters for Japanese place names just like for surnames are almost always very basic topographic characters like 'mountain' 'forest' or 'rice field' or simple adjectives like 'big' 'small' 'long' p25 Commuters trains in Japan are full of men in bluish suits and spectacles tightly sueezed because porters push people on board to make sure they are running nicely fullThis sentence comes just after the statement that Japanese stations have constant announcements such as 'Please don't try to board a train which is full' Find the mistake p38 much of it is based on freshly caught raw fish such as Odori ebi which means 'dancing prawns'Since when are prawns a kind of raw fish ? p38 by contrast meat is tasteless and fattyIt is true that the Japanese like fatty meat and fish but saying that it is tasteless is an affront to Japanese cuisine which is among the best in the world It's hard to find tastier meat than the Japanese yakitori or yakiniku even if the latter is of Korean origin p52 This explains why there seems to be only five or six surnames in JapanAren't the authors confusing Japan with China or Vietnam ? There over 100000 different surnames in use in Japan than in almost any other language groups on Earth except notably English French and Italian p58 Unless it is of the aseptic variety you don't grab hold of the office computer mouse directly You first wrap your own germ free handkerchief round it and only then are you ready to get on with clicking Another grossly unrepresentative example If anybody does that they are rare special cases By no means is that the way most Japanese behave It would be like saying the British people keep exotic animals like tigers or crocodiles in their house There may be a few but these are extremely rare and totally out of place in a book about the country's culture p59 about Japanese toilets Such state of the art devices are installed in most Japanese homes these days As a result children tend to shy away from the old fashioned low tech variety still found in schools let alone the fossil age monstrosities above which you have to hoverIronic that the 'fossil age monstrosities' in uestion are always referred to as 'Wafu' Japanese style toilets as opposed to the 'Youfu' Western style bowl toilets in public lavatories The truth is that suat toilets are still the most common variety in public places in Japan even in chic Ginza department stores p60 Japan's pharmaceutical market is one of the biggest in the world second only to that of the USAObviously since Japan is the world's second largest developed economy The same could be said of most sectors That isn't an argument to explain the long Japanese life expectancy Per capita figures would be far interesting It is disconcerting that the two Japanese authors are economists but couldn't see that p61 Going to onsen hot springs was the traditional cure when the Japanese were not uite so busy The privileged few still doPrivileged few ? What Japanese hasn't been to an onsen ? It is one of their favourite activities on weekends and national holidays p65 Japan numbers years according to the reign of the Emperor 2010 therefore is only 'Heisei 22' the 22nd year of Akihito Such things do not bother the individual Japanese whose first year is called 'year one' Under this system babies are born at the age of one and another year is added every January 1st Hence a baby born on December 31st becomes two on January 1st a day laterAnother confirmation of the shocking ignorance of the authors about Japanese culture There are three serious factual errors here The system of being born at age one and having one's birthday on New Year Day has been completely obsolete since the late 19th century Nobody uses that any Secondly in this traditional system people never had their birthday on 1st January because the New Year didn't fall on 1st January but on the same day as the Chinese New Year following the lunar calendar and therefore different each year Thirdly the Japanese now use the Western calendar The tradition of counting the years from the beginning of the emperor's reign still exists but is the most Japanese count in Western years and often have to think carefully about or ask what the traditional year is The book is highly misleading because it doesn't explain any of this p70 O Bon late Julyearly AugustThey can't even get the dates right for the most important traditional holiday of the year O Bon falls exactly on 15th August and is a national holiday p75 Schools offer a range of extra curricular sports baseball soccer basketball tennis table tennis skiing judo karate kendo but they are not for enjoyment They are to build character to learn about discipline and obedienceAside from the fact that skiing isn't exactly common in Japanese schools how do sports like tennis or table tennis teach about discipline and obedience ? p82 The Japanese language is rated as the world's hardest to masterReally ? It has much less characters than Chinese and Japanese has a very basic grammar compared to European languages no conjugation no declension no article no gender few tenses few irregularities flexible sentence structure easy pronuciation p85 Japanese characters kanji were adopted from China There are 50000 of themThat's why they are calle Chinese characters Japanese characters aren't the kanji but the hiragana and katakana scripts There are 50000 Chinese characters in China but only some 6000 were imported into Japanese So it is wrong to say that there are 50000 kanji since kanji is the term for those used in Japanese onlyYour best bet if you want to learn about the basics of Japanese culture and society is still to buy a real guide book like Lonely Planet Japan or the Rough Guide to Japan Their context section covers most of what you will find in this book but without the blatant mistakes

  3. Iva Iva says:

    Having lived in Japan for six years I can say that this book is well researched accurate and funny It also made me miss Japan

  4. Kathy Kathy says:

    I am so ready for our second trip to Japan

  5. Emi Bevacqua Emi Bevacqua says:

    Before moving to Germany reading the Xenophobe's Guides to Germans and also to Americans really helped us prepare manage expectations and plus I found them both hilarious I don't understand what it is about this third one that made it less funny it is very thorough and deliberate but it took me literally months to finish as I could only get through a few pages at a time and then let it sit around for ages before picking it up again At times it seemed to be pulling punches; for example in the section on holidays they tell us A total absence of biblical knowledge is no deterrent to young Japanese attending Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve But while living in Tokyo for five years in the early 90s I found it way funnier that Christmas Eve is the busiest day of the year for Love Hotels that everybody books their rooms months in advance and nobody knows why this romantic conflation exists

  6. Ape Ape says:

    I bought this slim little book in Japan on the recommendation of one of the people in the tour I went on It's a funny little read and it does give you uite a bit of insight slightly tongue in cheek about why the Japanese are the way they areHaving said that some of the things in here are becoming old fashioned Aspects such as nose blowing not opening presents infront of people saying grace before eating not shovelling food straight out of the bowl into the mouth and so on are things that my generation 20s just don't bother about nowadaysBut for anyone interested in Japan or going there this is definately worth reading 2016 note review from my 2007 bookcrossing journal

  7. Brittany Brittany says:

    The Xenophobes books are always fun reads Wanted to get a better idea of the culture my sister just moved into ;

  8. J J says:

    fun read like all guides of these series

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  10. Pedro Ramos Pedro Ramos says:

    Useful GuideEasy readingUseful guide for those who plan to go to JapanThe comparisons between Westerners and Japanese are an essential part of this guideRecommended

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