Boyé Lafayette De Mente

De Mente with Ben Carlin during their crossing of the Pacific Ocean by amphibious vehicle in the late 1950s.

Boyé Lafayette De Mente is an American author, journalist, and adventurer who has written over 100 books mainly related to Mexico and East Asia, in particular Japanese culture.[1] Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, de Mente arrived in Japan in 1949 with the occupation forces, and later worked for The Japan Times in Tokyo in the late 1950s.[2] He also acted as an extra in a number of Japanese films in the early 1950s.[3] In 1957, he accompanied the Australian adventurer Ben Carlin on the Tokyo–Anchorage leg of his circumnavigation of the world, together with Carlin becoming the first to cross the Pacific Ocean via an amphibious vehicle.[4][5] De Mente subsequently graduated from Jochi University in Tokyo, and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (now Thunderbird School of Global Management) in Glendale, Arizona.[6] He was among the first writers to introduce the Japanese terms wa, nemawashi, kaizen, tatemae-honne, shibui, and wabi-sabi to the Western world.

Published works


  1. Accessed 2011
  2. "Boye Lafayette De Mente". Arizona Authors Association. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  3. Mente, Boye Lafayette De (1997). The Japanese have a word for it : the complete guide to Japanese thought and culture. Lincolnwood, Ill.: Passport Books. p. 344. ISBN 0844283169.
  4. Amphibious Jeep "Half-Safe" Co-Adventurer connects with – 4wdonline. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  5. "PAIR TRY TO DRIVE PACIFIC" – The Sunday Sun. Published 11 June 1957. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  6. Official website

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