Confucius lives next door: what living in the East teaches by T.R. Reid

By T.R. Reid

T.R. Reid and his relatives dwell in Tokyo, Japan for numerous years within the early Nineteen Nineties. a superb creation to the East Asian aspect of view.

“Written with grace, wisdom and humor, [Reid’s] e-book is a sympathetic Baedeker to the japanese lifestyle. it really is worth studying for that. no longer many foreigners were in a position to slot in so good with their neighbors.” —The ny occasions publication Review
“Whether he’s untangling the language, or explicating at the ironclad hierarchies of accountability and legal responsibility, Reid writes with readability and enormous wit. His personality sketches are gem stones, and his historic experience of items is trained and thought-provoking.… Confucius Lives round the corner … is a full of life booklet packed with colour, ask yourself and well-merited wisdom.” —The Greensboro information & Record
“A enjoyable and priceless learn … an asset for a person touring to the region.” —The Washington Times
“Striking a pleasant stability among edification and leisure, Reid mixes information and ancient study with day by day stories of acquaintances, institution existence and joining-the-corporation ceremonies to give his thesis of Confucianism as code and context.… A penetrating mixture of anecdote and analysis.” —San Jose Mercury information

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And the whole unchanging vista was made even grayer, most of the year, by a pall of urban haze that hung low over the rooftops. This concrete shabbiness seems to be almost a design requirement for major cities throughout East Asia. Vast sections of many major Asian cities were destroyed in World War II, either by the Japanese conquerors or by the American/British/Dutch/Australian forces that came along to batter Japan into submission. After the war, the priority was to get roofs over people’s heads as quickly and cheaply as possible.

The most valuable lessons I received about Asia’s social miracle came from the man next door. Chapter 3 Pine Tree by the Rice Paddy CLOSETED UPSTAIRS IN A BEDROOM about the size of a tea towel, the fifteen-year-old Bon Jovi wanna-be in our family was twanging horrendously on an electric bass. Magnified to the megadecibel level by an industrial-strength amplifier, the noise—a fifteen-year-old might call it music-exploded down the stairwell and reverberated painfully off the walls. You could almost see the paint peeling.

He started chatting. He was terribly sorry to intrude on our honorable family when we must be extremely busy, and by the way, the summer was hot and muggy, autumn might be cooler, although you never really know, he was sure the weather must be better in our honorable home country, he hoped to get in a game of golf next Sunday, his wife was not feeling well, hadn’t really been herself for months now. ” This phrase—it means “as for the matter at hand …”—marks the pivotal moment in a Japanese conversation.

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