Mad Men

Mad Men Round Table — “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”

“Why does everybody need to talk about everything?” – Don Draper
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a book about Japanese culture, and with the $3 million Honda Motorcycle account miserable at Grey, it’s become required reading at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.  Pete’s scored the meeting, and Bert Cooper is helping with protocol, which basically boils down to “don’t criticize or give advice”.  Roger Sterling, however, is neither interested nor amused at this development.  For once, though, no one is on his side.
At the initial meeting, issues with business vernacular come up.  Joan’s indispensable charm is on full display as she says she hopes no one’s taken the executives to Benihana.  One thing that is never hindered by the language barrier is Joan’s remarkable figure.  They businessmen ask each other in Japanese, “How does she not fall over?” Their very unsubtle gazes down at her chest are not lost on Joan, but she handles them with her usual grace.  Can’t be the first time.

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