We’ve pulled this week’s excerpt from Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues by
Yoji Yamakuse, a book that The Japan Times noted as “valuable for the way it lets us look at humanity through a specific cultural lens.” Indeed, the true beauty of Japaneseness lies
in its ability to gracefully unfurl Japanese culture to reveal the country’s distinctive values, manners, and ethics. Whether you’re planning on visiting
Japan or are a fan of Japanese literature, manga, film, or culture, this book will help you cultivate a deeper understanding of one of the most idiosyncratic
countries in the world.