Books I’ve been reading recently that I haven’t had time to review but would highly recommend (in no particular order):
Office Ladies and Salaried Men- Yuko Ogasawara (University of California Press). A real inside look on what goes on in Japanese offices between Japanese men and women. Surprising and fascinating.
Getting Wet- Eric Talmadge (Kodansha). More than you wanted to know about Japanese people getting hot and naked in onsen- it all starts to make sense after reading this.
Pre-school in Three Cultures- Tobin, Wu and Davidson. Unusual conclusions and unusual way of reaching them, interesting for those who have no contact with Kindergartens in either China, Japan or the US too.