Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite! (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/6/19
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Amy Chavez has lived in Japan for 25 years, and is proprietor of the Moooo! Bar & Cafe on Shiraishi Island in the Inland Sea, where she helps tourists with reservations, language support, and cultural guidance. She has lived in Japan for 25 years and writes about cultural differences between Japan and the West for the Japan Times, Huffpo, and RocketNews24.
I would recommend this book to children who are visiting Japan for the first time. This book is only helpful to adults with no common-sense or who have no idea how to be polite when entering someones home. Although in that case I'm sure those people wouldn't want to read this book anyways.
There are a few interesting observations that could increase quality of life in Japan as a traveler, but the help they provide are so minuscule they may as well be negligible. No one in Japan is going to pat you on the back because you decided to "eat your food slowly".
A good gift/must read for people who are coming to japan for tourism or to live.
This book is a must for new arrivals and a good reminder for us old hats.
Full of useful info and easily explained guidance through a culture that can be a bit of a bear trap for the uninitiated.
Japan will welcome you the way you are, but this book will show you how to thank them by giving just a little more effort to fit in here.
Admirable use of cat illustrations.
The information is incredibly valuable and (seems to be) accurate
The rules/guidelines included are new material that cannot be found elsewhere
Chapters/delineations are generally pretty useful and accurate
A lot of information is duplicated word-for-word at least once within the book, making it confusing or tedious at times
There is a lot of snarky rudeness on the part of the author - in a book about politeness and good manners - to the point of being distracting
While I was extremely impressed with the depth and breadth of the information presented, I was continuously put off by the rudeness of the author. Some comments were simply off-color, but others were downright accusatory. It seemed that these may have been included for humor's sake, but they did not read to me as funny and instead seemed arrogant or mean. Word to the wise: if you write a book about minding your manners and being respectful, a good rule of thumb is to make sure your wording responds in kind.