Experiencing Culture Shock in Japan

Experiencing Culture Shock in Japan. A group of students asked me to participate in their project and I am happy to share the video they produced. Good job! The culture shock in a nutshell. Congratulations to Megan Gruspe, Di Hou and Izzy Yin. Enjoy Watching 🙂

Zesshoku-danshi 絶食男子 – fasting men.

It looks like there is quite new label coined by Japanese media for the rapidly growing number of modern Japanese men who are called zesshoku-danshi 絶食男子 “fasting men”. They are not interested in women and sex at all. These young men never had a girlfriend, sexual experience and never considered getting married. One more reason to the argument that Japanese

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

Are the Japanese really not interesting in sex? William Pesek about The Lust Beneath Japan’s Sex Drought. From Bloomberg.com

This is another commentary about the Japanese and the sex crisis in terms of sexless couples and singles and young Japanese who apparently are not interested in sex. Well, William Pesek is willing to challenge the common motion about sexless Japanese, painting very different picture of contemporary social phenomena in Japan. Please check the article The Lust Beneath Japan’s Sex Drought and

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