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  • Title: The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture
  • Author: Ruth Benedict
  • ISBN: 9780395500750
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • A recognized classic of cultural anthropology, this book explores the political, religious, and economic life of Japan from the seventh century through the mid twentieth, as well as personal family life.
    The Chrysanthemum and the Sword Patterns of Japanese Culture A recognized classic of cultural anthropology this book explores the political religious and economic life of Japan from the seventh century through the mid twentieth as well as personal family li

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    1. Some hesitation.Let me begin on the day I bought the Invention of Nature, once packed away in my satchel I, like the chicken in the joke, crossed the road and entered a second hand bookshelf, there I spied this book, it rang a bell, but distantly, I left I think only with the aforementioned Sorel Europe and the French Revolution and maybe something else because It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a book, must be in want of several view spoiler there see, i [...]

    2. I m not normally one to rely on sales figures as a measure of a book s value, but this book sold millions of copies not only in Japan, but six figures worth in the People s Republic of China and South Korea as well.I can t exactly vouch for the book s total accuracy, and her look at Japan is largely from secondary sources and pre 1945 Very different from the Japan of today As far as I can tell, Benedict is most on point about hierarchy and the past importance of the emperor The ideas of social o [...]

    3. One of the greatest books on Japanese culture out there, and still very relevant today If you love Japan or are simply interested to know about this fascinating country, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a must read and re read.

    4. This book is a masterpiece Each time a height has been scaled and the reader returns to the valley, he sees yet another, taller peak on the horizon It is essential reading.Benedict is an anthropologist though I ve read a good amount of anthropology, I had never read Patterns of Culture And I was somewhat skeptical, remembering the bland cover of Patterns on the old copy my father had when I was a child But Benedict writes with such depth and intelligence and broad vision that I now see that her [...]

    5. It s a total secret, but the island nation of Japan and I have one of those if we re both single in 2015 let s get married things If it comes to that, and on the strength of The Chrysanthemum and the Sword , I ve decided that Ruth Benedict can do the reading.Because her book is Yum, Yum, absolute Yum It is a complete guilty pleasure Reading this book I felt like a dog rolling around in something absolutely disgusting But I just couldn t stop Ruth s milkshake brings all the Japonophiles to the ya [...]

    6. I was wondering Could a treatise on an entire country and its people, no matter how beautifully worded and presented, be objective ifa the author of the said treatise didn t live in that country b the author is from the victorious country Who was it who said that history is written by the victors c the country being analyzed was, in many years of its history, closed to the outside world Was it James Michener who claimed that Japan had put up one of the most effective iron curtains in the history [...]

    7. 3.5 starsFirst published in 1946, this 13 chapter classic The Chrysanthemum and the Sword by Dr Ruth Benedict having never been to Japan herself has still inspired and informed its readers as one of the Nihonjinron books enpedia wiki Nihonjinron popularly written, published and read after World War II This formidable study reprinted over fifty times assigned by the US Office of War Information was to spell out what the Japanese were like back cover by means of all the techniques of which she wa [...]

    8. I learn from how my classmates respond to this book than from reading the book itself The reason is not difficult to understand Japanese culture is fairly familiar with me through manga, anime and the zeal about Japan in Vietnam several years ago Also, despite its distinctive culture, Japan shares with other East Asian countries the philosophy of Buddhism and Confucianism which integrate so deeply in those countries social life On the other hand, how the Western perceive the Eastern is not quit [...]

    9. Excellent Proper review to come, after I ve gone through it again and made notes at all the places I ve marked the book is bulging with post its.

    10. An intriguing book, but there is no way to ignore the many false premises upon which this book is based, the pitifully scant citations very disappointing in an academic work she could have made the entire book up, for all we know , and the painfully sweeping generalizations which do their best to paint Japan as a nation as uniform and alien as possible Based on secondhand reports from expatriates living in internment camps, Westerners who had spent time in Japan, and Japanese prisoners of war, t [...]

    11. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a seminal study of Japanese culture by Ruth Benedict who was commissioned by the US government to study Japanese culture in order to understand how to govern it after WWII It turns out that she was a colleague of the infamous Margaret Mead, and like Mead I m not sure her legacy is completely positive She is most famous for her analysis of Japan as a culture of shame in relations to western cultures, which are cultures of guilt However, many of her observations [...]

    12. ASTONISHING how this book taught me so much about Japanese culture that 1 year and 4 months living here hadn t yet fully showed meUsually strictly informational books don t grab me this much, but I was entranced with each sentence, read most of it open mouthed, and I copied down so many quotes that by the end I had a book of my own I strongly recommend this to anyone with an interest in Japanese society, and especially how it opposes Western thinking I recommend it even MORE strongly to those al [...]

    13. M c l c s ch Ch ng I Nhi m v Nh t B nCh ng II Ng i Nh t trong chi n tranhCh ng III Ng i n o ch n y Ng i n o ph n n yCh ng IV Cu c Duy t n Minh Tr Ch ng V K mang n c a l ch s v th gi iCh ng VI n n trong mu n m tCh ng VII S n p c i kh nh n nh t Ch ng VIII G t r a thanh danhCh ng IX Th gi i c m x c c a con ng iCh ng X V n nan gi i c a o cCh ng XI T tu d ngCh ng XII Vi c h c c a tr emCh ng XIII Ng i Nh t sau ng y b i tr nV i b t k ai m i t m hi u v n h a v con ng i Nh t B n m c ch p ch ng t c l b n [...]

    14. First of all, Ruth Benedict s The Chrysanthemum and the Sword does a decent job of a difficult task which is to conduct an ethnographical study of a culture and country that one has never lived in I found the book to be engaging and well written, if at times slightly protractive and repetitive I admired the dearth in judgmental statements, and how in her preamble, Benedict emphasized the importance of looking at something with an open mind or generosity that will allow for better understanding H [...]

    15. It seems the author was pulled into the war effort as a sort of military anthropologist Japanese military decisions were so difficult for the Allies to understand that they needed academic help It s amazing what a different world she paints Japan was within one lifetime of being forced out of isolation at the time, and she really shows the link between their World War II thinking and their old ways And she doesn t simplify the old ways as being just one construct she discusses how the ascent of [...]

    16. The history part was informative and interesting to some extent, but the explanation of Japanese people s behavior was just too condescending IMO I m currently living in Japan, and I don t think much of it is accurate I daresay the book is heavily outdated.It got sooo boring at the halfway mark, it was taking me forever to make progress After putting me sleep for several weeks, I finally decided to quit on this book The fact that the version I read had so many typographical errors didn t help on [...]

    17. Anyone who has associated with the Japanese people would find this book interesting The author wrote this book without visiting Japan as part of the MacArthur occupation after WWII, and yet it is still an exceptional effort to define the cultural forces at work on the Japanese before WWII, and perhaps still However, the book requires a lot of concentration while reading because the concepts presented are so complex and unfamiliar I appreciated the book as I have some history in dealing with the [...]

    18. A very detailed account of Japanese culture that was praised by Yukio Mishima for capturing the essence of Japan and the explanation behind what may seem to any American strange and even brutal codes of living A must read for anyone interested in Japan Although he is not mentioned in the book, it brings an understanding of Yukio Mishima s self torture, eccentricity, and militant passion for old Japan and the code by which they lived.

    19. In 1944, many Americans were having the Ramen Varelse argument about Japan debating if a dialog were even possible Benedict recognizes her limitations secondary and questionable data and produces a thoughtful analysis.

    20. Mucho m s interesante por la profundidad del an lisis que por el contenido de algunas conclusiones que saca al respecto.

    21. As an anthropologist, Ruth Benedict was or less conscripted during World War II to do ethnological research into the Japanese character in order to provide the US government with an understanding how best to fight the Japanese and so win the war The major problem Benedict faced was the inability to do true field research at a time when travel to Japan itself was impossible Instead, she was forced to rely on interviews with Japanese POW s and those held in internment camps within the US This may [...]

    22. Ruth Benedictov ve sv d lkov studii Japonska pod v vskutku brilantn v kon v zachycov n nejen kultury, ale i nast n n ka dodenn ho ivota Japonsk kultura, diametr ln odli n od t americk , mus b t t k na pochopen pro lena jak koliv jin spole nosti a autorka ve sv knize pokr v snad v echny d le it oblasti ivota Vysv tluje od po tk vzorce my len Japonc a ten i ch p n usnad uje i ast m srovn v n m s kulturou americkou Dnes ji mezi ob ma kulturami nejsp tak propastn rozd ly neexistuj Osobn by mne zaj m [...]

    23. Well written and lucid in its explanations, this is a fairly outdated exposition of the Japanese culture or rather the national character of its people circa 1946, immediately after the war Things have changed dramatically since then, and I m sure Benedict would hardly recognise the people she studied so closely in pre War Japan However, the principles and values that she highlights are still alive and well, in my experience with Japanese nationals This was a key reading for a module in Japanese [...]

    24. I was not sure what to expect when I started to read this book on Japanese culture written by an American scholar of Ruth Benedict As a Korean, the culture of my country is closer to that of Japan than the States, and I was not sure whether there is something I can learn from the book I was plain wrong I thoroughly learned the value of outside opinion I guess there are points she didn t get right, but it is her who pointed out many important issues of Japanese culture which people living inside [...]

    25. Una muy buena aproximaci n a la cultura japonesa de 1945.Se trata de las conclusiones de un estudio que se realiz a distancia Hay que tener en cuenta que hab a una guerra de por medio y que en principio, el estudio se realizaba para uno de los lados en conflicto Ruth Benedict estudi toda la informaci n y publicaciones japonesas que tuvo a su disposici n en EEUU y entrevist a japoneses que viv an en este pa s A m me parece que hasta entonces nunca nadie los hab a explicado tanto y tan bien.A pesa [...]

    26. A foundational work in Japanese culture studies and Japan America cultural understanding Whatever you think of Benedict s theories, her ideas helped shape American post war understanding of the Japanese people What MacArthur and GHQ did at the political level, this book did at the academic one Published in the aftermath of the Pacific War in 1946, it goes without saying that some of the contents are outdated Many of the social shifts Benedict s work foreshadowed in the 1940s have since matured o [...]

    27. An lisis sumamente interesante de la mentalidad japonesa Eso s , hay que tener en cuenta la poca en que se hizo y que est estudiando a Jap n en la Segunda Guerra Mundial As que la visi n que da de ellos es bastante m s autoritaria y dura que la que tiene hoy en d a Sin embargo, dichas afirmaciones se hacen dentro de la informaci n que la autora pudo obtener, as que no es fruto de estereotipos Adem s, esto no quita que aunque muchos aspectos se hayan perdido en la mentalidad japonesa actual, otro [...]

    28. A sociological analysis of the nature of the Japanese written immediately after the Second World War Really strikes me most as a comparative analysis of the cultural attitudes of Americans and Japanese of that era An interesting look into how a moral code can differ in every way and still be valid However, many parts are extremely outdated The most obvious is the highly touted high birth rate of the Japanese, which could not contrast strongly with the current situation This analysis does offer [...]

    29. I read the Japanese translation with notes on inaccuracies in the American author s understanding of Japan s history and proses which was helpful as I would have never picked up on them reading the American English version on my own.The author explains that we learn our cultural perspective discernment thru which we view everything As such, the book is an American comparative view of Japan around WW2 I found most interesting her discussion that Americans view things as good evil where the Japane [...]

    30. I read this book to understand the culture of Japan and the mindset of the Japanese people It did help me but I found it a hard book to read She didn t follow a logical order as the book progressed and seemed to jump from subject to subject without explanation She did have some fascinating insights about the Emperor, the military and how individuals sublimate their interests to the interests of the society Too bad there was a lot of difficult reading in between those insights.

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