Japan has always seemed a puzzle to most westerners - so modern, so industrialized, yet somehow so different. Japanese Society and History seeks to initiate westerners to the learning process of making Japan seem a little less mysterious and a little more understandable. This book walks readers through some of the important features of Japanese society to help readers begin slowly forming a more complete picture of Japan.
Japanese Society and History is a unique text and effective teaching tool designed for use in comparative sociology and political science courses, as well as courses in Asian Studies.
Japanese Society and History explores a variety a topics in Japanese society, including geography, language, history, cultural themes, family life, education, religion, politics and government, and the economy.
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I'd say it's one of the better audio history books I've read. The reason I got this was because I really like listening to The Great Courses audio lectures on history, but they didn't have a course on Japanese history. Japanese is one of my favorite cultures, so I had to get this.
Probably the bits on history. I already know a lot of things about the culture, but the history is all new to me.
I'd just like to say that as a person who studies the language, some of the pronunciation for Japanese words was a bit off. For example, she was talking about Japanese Manga, and she pronounced it "Mane-ga" instead of "Mon-ga" like the Japanese would pronounce it. Other than that, I'm pretty sure this is accurate, because it follows everything I know about the culture, plus other bits of history.
Just because it's easier to listen to it as you do other things (like washing the dishes). The print version seems to have some extra graphics and things that could have been useful.
It is up-to-date and with enough depth not to be superfluous or boring.
Nice voice and speed, (I listened to her 1.25X speed). Next time she should practice Japanese pronunciation (is not nearly as bad as other reviewers say, but yeah... she could have done better).
There were many, this is a very informative book.
This seems to be the one and only good non-fictional book about Japan that is not concerned exclusively with war. Audible should improve their repertoire...
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