Book recommendation: Japanese Higher Education as Myth – 2002 by Brian J. McVeigh

This book is recommended to every educator in Japan, both Japanese and non-Japanese national, who wants and needs to be better prepared for challenges and shortcomings of Japanese Tertiary Educational System. Brian J. McVeigh in his scathing analysis of Japanese Universities offers an intriguing insight into Japanese Mind through the lenses of students and the faculty perspective alike, as well

Book recommendation: Online Counseling, 2nd ed.: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals Hardcover – 2010 (Eds.) Ron Kraus, George Stricker & Cedric Speyer

This is a great read for everyone, who is interested in online counselling and therapy. Online counseling 2nd edition provides highly practical and applicable tools in different online settings, offering a comprehensive and useful resource of information for online therapists and mental health providers.

Book review – The New Paradox for Japanese Women: Greater Choice, Greater Inequality by Toshiaki Tachibanaki (橘木 俊詔)

Recently I have come across a very interesting analysis of modern Japanese women and their dilemmas related to the society, family and gender roles presented in a book published in 2010: The New Paradox for Japanese Women: Greater Choice, Greater Inequality, authored by Toshiaki Tachibanaki (橘木 俊詔). The Japanese edition was published in 2008 as 女女格差 (Jojo kakusa). I highly recommend reading the

The anatomy of dependence by Takeo Doi – Japanese Psychology and Japanese Mind

The Anatomy of Dependence (甘えの構造 Amae no kōzō) is one of the most important contributions to the science of Japanese mind and how Japanese define the social interactions. The book written by Japanese psychoanalyst Takeo Doi,  describes his insight into the concept of Amae (甘え), which he describes as a uniquely Japanese word both on linguistic and behavioral level, penetrating every aspect

Japan’s Cultural Codes

This time I want to mention a book The Japan’s Cultural Code Words by Boyé Lafayette De Mente, which enormously helps to understand the Japanese character and cultural communication codes,  and is recommended to anyone, who wants to get a deeper insight into the Japanese way of Life. And it reads like a page-turner!

Sex and the Japanese. The Sensual Side of Japan

Recently I came across an interesting and lightly written book by Boyé Lafayette De Mente, an American author, journalist, and adventurer, about ‘the sensual side of Japan’. Probably not for the academic discussion, because it is not the peer-reviewed piece of writing. However, it offers very insightful observations and is entertaining. Highly recommended for the beginners in Japan, who are