Why do the Japanese almost always go for holidays in groups? Do Japanese families experience our sort of ‘family life’? Why do conversations with Japanese friends and acquaintances often seem to come to an abrupt halt just when they’re getting interesting – that is, a little controversial? What motivates the Japanese man in the street?
Professor Nakane, writing with an intimate knowledge of her own people, provides in this fascinating book the answers to these and many other perplexing questions.
Using the structure of Japanese society as the basis of her analysis, rather than explaining it in cultural or historical terms, Professor Nakane begins by examining one-to-one relationships, following through to the structure of the group and finally that of the society as a whole.