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The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

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The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

Postby pippa » Wed 10.08.2008 1:13 am

Has anybody heard about or read Ruth Benedict's 'The Chrysanthemum and the Sword'? I'm thinking about reading it and would like to hear your thoughts on it.
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Re: The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

Postby justinh » Wed 10.15.2008 12:41 pm

I was impressed with the book. I can't speak to the accuracy of the book, or how it applies to Japan today. Hopefully someone else can comment on that. I definitely learned some things, but I'm a total noob when it comes to the non-sensationalized side of Japanese culture. It's well written, in my opinion, and it was a lot less dry than I expected.
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