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Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues

Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues

by Yoji Yamakuse

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This book looks at the core life concepts and shared values that historically and culturally define the quality of "being Japanese." Among these are reverence, love of nature, group loyalty, hierarchical respect, passion for detail, belief in learning, formality, and acceptance of change. How can Western analogues of these Japanese virtues help us improve our own societies and cultivate inner strength, mindfulness, and long-lasting relationships at home and the workplace? This stimulating exploration of an alternative ethics and humanism is a provocative workbook for "decluttering the spirit."

Yoji Yamakuse is a Tokyo-based consultant on personnel management, staff training, and development of joint projects in cross-cultural environments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611729177
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publication date: 04/11/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Yoji Yamakuse (born in Oita Prefecture, Japan, 1955) has worked for major publishing companies in Tokyo and New York and has been active as a consultant for nearly 100 Japanese and American global firms, focusing on personnel management, staff training, and development of joint projects in cross-cultural environments.

Table of Contents


On Reading the Japanese Heart

Maintain Harmony

1. Harmony
2. Entertaining a Guest
3. Showing Consideration
4. Modesty
5. Space, Interval
6. Moderation
7. Lobbying
8. Flexible Thinking

Follow Forms and Paths

9. Form
10. Etiquette
11. Discipline
12. Skill
13. Craft
14. Way, Road
15. Reason
16. The Way of the Warrior
17. Self-Denial
18. Training
19. Seeking the Truth

Feel Ki, Be Aware of Transition

20. Energy
21. Fighting Spirit
22. Fate
23. Sensing Danger
24. Air, Atmosphere
25. Period
26. Restraint
27. Marking a Break
28. Moderation

Have Feeling, Be Loyal

29. Personal Feelings
30. Obligation, Duty
31. Social Debt
32. Inside and Outside, Social Circle
33. True Feelings and Facade
34. Harmonious
35. Loyalty
36. Hierarchy
37. Loyalty
38. Filial Piety
39. Barriers

Revere the Gods and Buddhas

40. The Gods
41. Purification
42. Defilement
43. Integrity
44. Japanese Spirit
45. Buddhism
46. Self-power and Other-power
47. The Other World
48. Pathos
49. Transience
50. Enlightenment
51. Zen
52. Worldly Desires
53. Emptiness
54. Nothingness

Respect Relationship

55. Relationships
56. Reincarnation
57. Cause and Effect
58. Without Ties

Build Trust

59. Trust
60. Benevolence
61. Moral Code

Develop Virtue

62. Virtue
63. Shame
64. Face
65. Role
66. Intuitive Communication
67. Resignation

Understand Beauty

68. Beauty
69. The Beauty of the Simple
70. The Beauty of the Decaying
71. Refinement
72. Elegance
73. Erotic
74. Chic
75. Profound Tranquility
76. Cultured

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