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"Chrysanthemum and the Sword" (Ruth Benedict) used to be the "go to" text for an good introduction of Japanese culture.
For a bit more historical background, I liked Inazo Nitobe's "Bushido; The Soul of Japan"
"The Japanese Today" by Edwin O. Reishchauer (former US Ambassador to Japan, and all-around Japanophile) should also be good.
 
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Gonna look at those books, thanks Majestic. I think it's important to learn about the culture while learning a language. And it's just interesting.
 

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For quick and fairly practical reading you could also try Culture Shock! Japan.
 
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