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Yoji Yamakuse

Japaneseness

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.
176 páginas impresas
Publicación original
2016

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    Anya Seishin Platunovacompartió una citahace 3 años
    From the Japanese perspective, the experience and improvement in spirit gained through the effort are more important than results.
    Ирина Осипенкоcompartió una citahace 7 meses
    Let’s say you wish to be considerate of another’s circumstances, but you do so in a rather obvious way: paying for their meal, for example. The result may be that the other person feels a sense of obligation and perhaps some emotional discomfort. If you are a truly considerate person, you might instead excuse yourself to go to the restroom and on the way catch the waiter to tell him you will settle the check separately and not to bring it to the table. Your goal is to make sure that there is a continuous feeling of well-being on the part of your guest and that nothing will disrupt the mood of the occasion. It is this type of unobtrusive consideration that lies at the heart of hospitality (omotenashi).
    Anya Seishin Platunovacompartió una citahace 3 años
    From the perspective of Westerners, who place a heavy emphasis on results in their business culture, the spirit of gudō, which places importance on process, must seem impractical.
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