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BEHIND THE MASK. On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters And Other Japanese Cultural Heroes. by Ian. Ian Buruma, Behind the Mask: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters, and Other Japanese Cultural Heroes. Behind the mask: on sexual demons, sacred mothers, transvestites, gangsters, and other Japanese cultural heroes. Front Cover. Ian Buruma. New American.

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Jul 21, Sarah – There is nothing that upsets me more than a bad book! This book is a very interesting insight into the soul of Japanese culture.

I don’t know how true that is, but I would never assume such things of the Japanese people that I meet. Mawk history is a mirror that reflects modern Japanese society and through the past you come to buruuma this unique country. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. There was a problem adding your email address. Ian Buruma’s ‘Japanese Mirror: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Because of this, and the strange vibes I was getting from the book, I wasn’t really sure how much I could trust of what I was reading.

Given the author’s background and interest in film, this medium receives healthy attention in most chapters. Reading this book effectively made me want to experience all of the fiction referenced throughout, and it gave me a perspective I hadn Going into this book, I was expecting a more clear cut historical look at these figures stated in the title in Japan.


The only downside I can find with the book is unsystematic presentation since it is unclear what the author was trying to accomplish by compiling essays on various topics and giving us random glimpses into the core of the Japanese society and their way of thinking.

Behind the Mask : Ian Buruma :

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ian Buruma is a British-Dutch writer and academic, much of whose work focuses on bfhind culture of Asia, particularly that of 20th-century Japan, where he lived and worked for many years. I wish the book could beehind updated to make more modern references in light of this phenomenon, which would provide invaluable weight to the contemporary Japanese entertainment landscape.

Hardcoverpages. Jul 07, Adam rated it did not like it. It has left me determined to read more Buruma and more about contemporary Japan with its passions for both continuity and innovation.

The depth in which Buruma engages varies from source to source. Buruma explains the buryma distinction made between tatemae facade and public postureand honne the world of private feelings and opinions which under normal circumstances remains repressed.

However, he is always entertaining, never simplistic, and rarely judgmental at least not in any traditional sense. There’s a glitch in Goodreads. Overall, the book had some interesting insights into why certain aspects of Japanese society are the way they are, but it felt negative and biased in one direction. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.



I would have loved to give this book 5 stars, but Mssk think I need a little bit more support for the ideas before diving right into the examples. So now I have two copies. He likens the samurai to the European knight-errant–save for “the Christian ideal of principled, indiscriminate compassion.

For most, it remains an aspiration which is beyond the realms of possibility, except when indulging imagination freed from such conventions. Across the board, high to low, “everyone is dressed for his or her part.

Vera rated it really liked it May 08, Jul 30, Channing rated it really liked it. He weaves his narrative using literature, theatre, art, and films from imperial and modern Japan.

Behind the Mask by Ian Buruma

Goodreads helps you keep track of mazk you want to read. Open Preview See a Problem? Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I certainly have now. Going into this book, I was expecting a more clear cut historical look at these figures stated in the title in Japan.

I don’t know how beneficial it was for me to read this. The final chapter on methods of blowing off steam in a relatively conformist society e. Nevertheless, be careful reading it as ubruma is 30 years old and some aspects of society of course have changed.