Japan Through the Looking Glass by Alan MacfarlaneJapan Through the Looking Glass by Alan Macfarlane

Japan Through the Looking Glass

byAlan Macfarlane

Paperback | February 11, 2009

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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.
Alan Macfarlane is Professor of Anthropology at Cambridge. He has often visited and taught in Japan. He is the author of The Glass Bathyscaphe and Japan Through the Looking Glass.
Title:Japan Through the Looking GlassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:February 11, 2009Publisher:PROFILE BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1861979673

ISBN - 13:9781861979674

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A well-informed analysis of Japanese culture and society." - The Independent"A disarming, engaging, and provocative book." - Andrew Barshay, University of California, Berkeley 'A well-informed analysis of Japanese culture and society.'-The Independent'A disarming, engaging, and provocative book.'-Andrew Barshay, University of California, Berkeley "