Essence of Japan Bundle
About Essence of Japan Bundle
The Essence of Japan Bundle contains Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues, Womansword, and The Book of Tea.
Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues, written by Yoji Yamakuse, offers readers a provocative tour through seventy-six core life concepts that are at the foundation of Japanese behavior, belief, and beauty.
Japaneseness will be of particular interest to students of ethics and humanism as well as those living, working, or traveling in Japan. And it raises an intriguing question: Can traditional Japanese values—like loyalty, meticulousness, sensitivity, reverence, hierarchy, trust, and harmony—make sense in modern Western societies? You are encouraged to think about how Japanese virtues can cultivate inner strength, mindfulness, and long-lasting relationships at your own homes and workplaces.
Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women 30th Anniversary Edition, written by Kittredge Cherry, is a linguistic portrait of Japanese womanhood with a new introduction which shows how things have—and haven't—changed.
Thirty years after its first publication, Womansword remains a timely, provocative work on how words reflect on female roles in modern Japan. Short, lively essays offer linguistic, sociological, and historical insight into issues central to the lives of women everywhere: identity, girlhood, marriage, motherhood, work, sexuality, and aging. The role of women in Japan is much in the news today as a result of declining population and government's efforts to increase women's roles in the workplace, divided into easily communicated and simple topics that lend themselves to quick browsing: identity, girlhood sex, marriage, work, motherhood, growing old, a must-buy for anyone hoping to understand the situation of women in Japan today.
The Book of Tea was written by Kakuzo Okakura.
This brief essay on tea drinking, its history, restorative powers, and rich connection to Japanese culture. Okakura felt that "Teaism" was at the very center of Japanese life and helped shape everything from art, aesthetics, and an appreciation for the ephemeral to architecture, design, gardens, and painting. In tea could be found one source of what Okakura felt was Japan's and, by extension, Asia's unique power to influence the world. This book contains both a history of tea in Japan and lucid, wide-ranging comments on the schools of tea, Zen, Taoism, flower arranging, and the tea ceremony and its tea-masters.