JA­PAN THROUGH THE LOOK­ING GLASS Alan Macfar­lane Profile Books, £16.99

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Ja­pan has chal­lenged the as­sump­tions of the West for gen­er­a­tions, seem­ingly sim­i­lar in so many ways, yet fun­da­men­tally and elu­sively dif­fer­ent, as an­thro­pol­o­gist Alan Macfar­lane finds out as he trav­els ex­plor­ing ev­ery as­pect of Ja­panese life. On his jour­ney through Ja­panese so­ci­ety, he en­coun­ters sub­jects from the most pub­lic to the most in­ti­mate and un­cov­ers a na­tion that is even more ex­tra­or­di­nary than he first thought.

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