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Japanese Society and History | [Harold Kerbo, John McKinstry]

Japanese Society and History

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.
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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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    Lexi ELKHART, IN, United States 12-05-13
    Lexi ELKHART, IN, United States 12-05-13

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    "Lots of interesting information and easy to follow"
    Where does Japanese Society and History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Probably the bits on history. I already know a lot of things about the culture, but the history is all new to me.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Hanson 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very American and academic"

    The audiance of this book should be American. nearly every point raised in the book is compared against the american way of life as well as measurements in miles and pounds. This takes up considerable time which could have been spent on the sorely needed analysis.

    The voice is well voiced but again strongly American and far from nutural being very nasally. I found this hard to listen to without concentration due to my lack of experience with the tone.

    This is a good book for someone who is traveling to Japan and wants a verbose, but not descriptive crash course.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Klas Mellbourn Stockholm, Sweden 03-22-15
    Klas Mellbourn Stockholm, Sweden 03-22-15 Listener Since 2008
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    "not so exciting"

    The narrator sounded uninterested in the subject.
    The story was ok but hardly gripping. I would have preferred more on the history of Japan

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    Christina Dewey 02-06-15
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    "wonderfully enjoyable and educational"

    loved it. listens to several chapters twice.
    if you are curious about Japan and its culture this is the perfect book.

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    David P. Lee 01-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "An excellent read- highly recommended"

    This book was excellent. It was so interesting to listen and learn about Japan. My family will be visiting Japan for the first time soon and I feel so much better prepared for my first visit. The authors offer such interesting observations on so many diverse topics on such things as Japanese history, politics, popular culture, attitudes, and the future. I understand the other reviewers critiquing the pronunciation by the narrator of the Japanese terms, but I did not think that detracted from the book at all. I highly recommend this book. I may listen to it again

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    Gregory 01-14-15
    Gregory 01-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good way to learn about Japan."

    The narrator had a nice voice it was like being in class with a decent teacher. I never feel asleep but I could stop at anytime. I thought the information was good and relevant and some stuff I didn't know I wanted to know

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    Amazon Customer Auckland, New Zealand 11-05-14
    Amazon Customer Auckland, New Zealand 11-05-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Fantastic book for Japan-lovers!"
    What made the experience of listening to Japanese Society and History the most enjoyable?

    the book is very informative. I like the different chapters on society, history, problems etc very well organised


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Japanese Society and History?

    the people and the problems


    Did Eva Wilhelm do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I wasn't particularly impressed with the narrator. Quite monotonous. If the book wasnt so interesting i wouldn't have kept listening


    If you could give Japanese Society and History a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Geeking out on Japan


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    Anderson Godoy 05-28-14
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    "Good book if you are interested in Japan"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Japanese Society and History to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is up-to-date and with enough depth not to be superfluous or boring.


    What does Eva Wilhelm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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).


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    There were many, this is a very informative book.


    Any additional comments?

    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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