Recommended reading for the martial arts. This is my personal library list. I practice Okinawan Te or "Ryukyu Ti." My system is derived from two others, one being the main influence of Shorin-ryu and the second Goju-ryu. The branch under Shorin-ryu is Isshin-ryu as developed by Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei.

I wanted to create a library reference blog where I can provide a listing of the books I have in my library, present and past (past in that some have been lost in transit over the years). I will provide a graphic, if available, a short description, if available, and the bibliography. When possible a link to Amazon will be provided.

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hidden Differences

Hall, Edward T. and Hall, Mildred Reed. "Hidden Differences: Doing Business with the Japanese." Anchor Books. New York. 1987, 1990.

Review: Shimabuku Tatsuo-san spoke to learning the culture and beliefs of Okinawa. He was a wise person for his time. This book, coupled with other books on the Asian culture, adds a bit of frosting to the cake.

Often we Westerners assume what we see, the cover of the cultural book called Japanese, is what we get but that is far from the truth. We must not allow our view of those "outward manifestations" confuse us as to the basic underlying culture. It can be more of an illusion and when you gain a bit more insight to such things as "face" you will truly begin to "see" the underlying "face" that is Japan and by osmosis Okinawa and finally China.

A wonderful book for the library and don't be fooled by its cover for it is more than merely teaching one about doing business with the Japanese.

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