From the Japanese: A Journalist in the Empire of the Resigned by Catherine BergmanFrom the Japanese: A Journalist in the Empire of the Resigned by Catherine Bergman

From the Japanese: A Journalist in the Empire of the Resigned

byCatherine Bergman

Paperback | September 24, 2002

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The nail that stands out will quickly be hammered down.” As journalist Catherine Bergman notes in her introduction to From the Japanese, “This saying is one of the first things that one discovers upon arriving in Japan. Everyone makes a point of telling you this, as if to suggest that, if you want to survive in this society, you will have to bow your head, accept the rules, and try, above all, not to stand out.”

Yet during the five years that she lived in the Land of the Rising Sun as the wife of a Canadian diplomat, Bergman also encountered individuals who did not conform to the complex codes and laws governing Japanese society – those “nails” that do stick out. In this, her first book, Bergman records her observations of Japan and writes passionately about her interviews with intellectual gurus, rebels, politicians, artists, adolescents, and even about an audience with the Emperor. In doing so she hopes to challenge many of the common misconceptions and preconceived ideas held in the Western world about Japan and Japanese society – and, in fact, to reveal Japanese society by examining those who do not fit in.

From the world of the geishas to the national soccer league, from sexual harassment suits to the politics of arranged marriages, from the collective memory of the war to the world of high fashion, modern journalism, and the Shinto religion, from an examination of the justice system to an evening spent watching fireflies – Bergman sees evidence of a haunting quest for a true national identity.
Catherine Bergman was a journalist for 20 years with Téléjournal of Radio-Canada. During her stay in Japan she wrote several articles for the Globe and Mail and produced television documentaries. Catherine Bergman divides her time between Montreal and Ottawa.
Title:From the Japanese: A Journalist in the Empire of the ResignedFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:280 pages, 8.45 × 5.51 × 0.74 inShipping dimensions:8.45 × 5.51 × 0.74 inPublished:September 24, 2002Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0771012071

ISBN - 13:9780771012075


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fabulous book! Some of the best creative non-fiction I've read. The writing is beautiful and the stories are touching and powerful. Bergman skillfully avoids many possible cliches in cultural writing to deliver a truly unique look at Japan today and yesterday. I'd especially recommend this to all aspiring and working journalists and writers.
Date published: 2003-03-30