The Japanese people have always seen themselves as a nation uniquely apart. Their exquisite art forms and elegant culture, military prowess and technological precision, have long been the envy of friend and foe alike. Today, even as Japan adapts to a rapidly changing world, its traditional culture and consensus-based philosophy have proved remarkably resilient.
Culture Smart! Japan will broaden your perception and understanding of this complex, rich, and dynamic society. It will guide you through modern Japan’s shifting social and cultural maze, and equip you with the tools to avoid the pitfalls of cultural misunderstanding. It provides practical tips and invaluable insights into people’s attitudes and behavior to help make your visit a more meaningful and successful experience.
Giri is the highly refined Japanese sense of obligation and duty that pervades everyday life at all levels and can never be ignored. It extends to gift-giving and entertainment—choosing a “return meal” in a comparable restaurant, for example. However, there are further intricacies relating to this concept that must be taken note of.