Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture
Ruth Benedict, Ezra F. Vogel


Paperback | Jan 2019 | Tuttle Publishing | 9784805314913 | 320pp | 130x203mm | Forthcoming | GEN | AUD$21.99


The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a timeless work that has defined much of our present understanding of Japan. “How and why does Japanese culture differ from our own?” and “Why is it seemingly so self-contradictory?” are just some of the questions addressed in this landmark study.

In her book, Benedict explains the importance of Japanese social structures including hierarchy, marriage, family, filial piety, self discipline and other core values — to illuminate the fact that while many things in Japan have changed, much remains the same. Remarkably, this masterpiece of “culture by distance” remains unsurpassed even today in providing insights on Japan and the distinctive Japanese way of life.

Through over fifty reprintings, this classic has made an indelible contribution to the study of Japanese culture, not only in the classroom but within popular culture in the United States and throughout the world.