Japanese Patterns of Behavior

Japanese Patterns of Behavior

Japanese Patterns of Behavior

Japanese Patterns of Behavior

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Over the years, I have taught Japanese culture: and behavior at the University of Hawaii. Confronted with the challenge of communicating in English (not my native tongue) with a large number of multiethnic students, including many Japanese Americans, I found myself in a perpetual search for a way of organizing and presenting lectures that would lower cultural thresholds and maximize receptivity. This effort to achieve intercultural communication has resulted in this book.

The Japanese have been studied and reported about so often and by so many people of all backgrounds that it might appear that there is little left to say about them. Nevertheless, we continue to encounter the amazement, fascination, or exasperation expressed by foreigners--be they newspaper correspondents, travelers in Japan, observers of Japanese tourists abroad, or TV watchers. In many respects the Japanese still do "strange," "surprising,'' "hilarious" things, or their behavior simply makes "no sense." I hope to dispel such puzzlement about the Japanese by explaining why they behave as they do. If the reader begins to make sense out of what used to perplex him about Japanese behavior, I would feel my goal achieved.

I have drawn upon several sources of information. I have consulted part of the enormous amount of literature available on the Japanese, including scientific and nonscientific, professional and popular publications. While Western and other non-

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