Japan Unmasked is a guide to Japan's geography, history, culture and society – written for a Western market. This book examines the many diverse yet interrelated themes that make up this unique and ancient culture. It delves into the past and surmises why Today's Japan is NOT simply a mirror of the West, having managed to fiercely maintain its own peculiar identity in the face of homogenous Westernisation. This book looks at what's distinctively Japanese, how the Japanese see their world, what Japan has borrowed from abroad and how the assimilation of Western values and ideas is affecting the Japan of today. This is a must read for any traveller, on leisure or business, who wishes to not just scratch the surface but gain true insight into what they will experience in the Land of the Rising Sun.