9780804833868

Kata: The Key to Understanding & Dealing With the Japanese!

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  • ISBN13:

    9780804833868

  • ISBN10:

    0804833869

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-03-15
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub
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Summary

Literally, the form and order of doing things in Japan, kata is the cultural conditioning that causes the Japanese to think and react in the way they do. the secret to understanding Japanese business, culture, and society is explained by this cultural framework upon which Japanese behavior and etiquette is built. Veteran Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente explains the concept of kata and offers the reader insight to the art of bowing, the importance of apology, the origin of the Japanese obsession for quality, and other key cultural ideas which, when mastered, unlock the mystery of Japanese professional and social interaction. the book contains more than 70 brief essays that detail the origin, nature, use, and influence of kata. Whether you are interested in a deeper understanding of Japanese culture or looking for a way to develop business strategy, Kata is an invaluable resource.

Author Biography

Boye Lafayette De Mente is the author of more than 30 books on Japan, Korea and China, including Korean Business Etiquette. He lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Introduction xiii
What Makes the Japanese Japanese? xiii
1 The Kata Factor 1(16)
Japan's Secret Weapon
1(2)
Mental Training
3(1)
The Shikata of Harmony
4(6)
The Feeling of Rightness
10(2)
The Uniqueness Factor
12(2)
Kata Comes First
14(1)
The Coming of Foreigners
15(2)
2 The Kata-ization of Japan 17(34)
The Way of the Gods
17(1)
The Way of Wet-rice Farming
18(1)
The Country of Wa
19(2)
The Mother Kata
21(3)
Handicrafts and Art
24(1)
Shikata of the Samurai
25(3)
Shikata of the Swords
28(2)
The Ritual of Tea
30(2)
The Shikata of Sumo
32(1)
The Shikata of Poetry
33(2)
Behind the Masks of Kabuki and Noh
35(1)
The Beauty Cult
36(3)
The Art of Bowing
39(3)
The Art of Ambiguity
42(3)
The Importance of the Apology
45(2)
Big Brother and Groupism
47(1)
The Way of Suicide
48(2)
The Kata-ized Mind
50(1)
3 Kata in Japan Today 51(41)
Continuing the Kata Culture
51(2)
The Role of Martial Arts
53(3)
Survival Linked with Kata
56(2)
The Compulsion for Quality
58(1)
Japanese-style Sincerity
59(3)
Building Trust
62(2)
Winning by the Numbers
64(1)
Traveling by the Numbers
65(2)
Reconfirming Japaneseness
67(1)
Baseball the Wa Way
68(2)
Copying as a Cultural Attribute
70(1)
Dressing the Japanese Psyche
71(1)
Cuteness and Infantilism
72(2)
The Shikata of Being Japanese
74(2)
Behind the Bamboo Curtain
76(1)
Dealing with Foreigners
77(9)
Kata in Politics
86(3)
The Layered Culture
89(2)
Becoming International
91(1)
4 Kata in Business 92(47)
Learning the Roles and Rules
92(7)
Risk Factors in Building Consensus
99(2)
Managing without Giving Orders
101(1)
The Japanese Way of Working
102(6)
The Dangers of Speaking English
108(1)
Coping with a Humble Mode
109(3)
Etiquette as a Weapon
112(3)
Avoiding Emotional Blocks
115(2)
The Kata of Rank
117(1)
Sitting in the Right Place
118(1)
Calling People Names
119(1)
Exchanging Name-cards
120(2)
The Structure of a Japanese Office
122(2)
Dealing with the Consensus Kata
124(2)
Following the Chain of Command
126(3)
Behind-the-scenes Management
129(2)
Inter-company Relations
131(2)
The Advantages of Illogical Thinking
133(1)
Designing as a Cultural Expression
134(1)
Production as a Religious Experience
135(1)
Packaging Makes Perfect
136(1)
Seeing Kata in Action
137(2)
5 Weaknesses of the Japanese System 139(19)
The New Playing Field
139(4)
Right-brain Vs. Left-brain Influences
143(3)
The Downside of Speaking Japanese
146(2)
Speaking in Tongues
148(1)
Channeling Competitive Power
149(2)
Japan on "Clark's Curve"
151(2)
Waves in the World of Wa
153(2)
Personal Failings
155(2)
Might is Right
157(1)
6 Can Japan Survive without Kata? 158
Japan Vs. the World
158(1)
The Dwindling Kata
159(2)
Inroads of Westernization
161(4)
Will the Japanese Remain Number Two?
165(1)
Japan Today
166

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