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A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony
 
 

A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony [Kindle Edition]

Hector Garcia
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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For every fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, smart and concise guide to the land that is their source. Comprehensive and well informed, it covers a wide array of topics in short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of Japan. Designed to appeal to the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, manga and video games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the culture guide for readers in the Internet age.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Japanese, debunking myths about them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so fond of robots, author Hector Garcia has created the perfect book for the growing ranks of Japanophiles in this inspired, insightful and highly informative guide.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15999 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Paperback with Flaps edition (16 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BSJEGO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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It's a shame in a way that the title of this book involves the word 'geek' - while it's true to the author and the name of his blog, it might alienate potential readers who think the focus will be on manga and video games. In reality, this is a beautifully presented, high quality book which covers pretty much any aspect of Japan you might be interested in - not just the geeky bits! I'm most interested in pop culture, fashion and language but I found the sections on history and traditional arts interesting too. It's not encyclopaedic nor does it attempt to be, but is still surprisingly in depth.

It's unfortunately a little let down by poor editing. Sometimes Japanese words are used with no definition (e.g. 'daimo' on page 17), people are discussed without introduction (e.g. Takahiro, page 17) and there are a few grammatical and spelling errors (e.g. 'next-door', My Neighbour Tottoro).

These errors aside, it's a very enjoyable, well researched book that will get you interested in learning more about the country and its culture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 10 Nov 2012
By GMills
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I bought this book wanting to gain a further interest in Japan, its people and its culture. It has done exactly that! It's extremely informative and does it in a fun and easily accessible way. It gives you enough information to feel satisfied with the book, however, leaves you wanting to find out more and further your interest Japan. Having never been to Japan I found it fascinating and made me want to go. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to travel to Japan or just generally interested in Japan or knows little about the country. Well worth a read! It's not an academic book and there is much opinion throughout, however, its a book based on the author experience and travels through Japan and what he has learnt. All the information and opinions are well structured and gives a well balanced view of his findings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really excellent book. 27 April 2014
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The best introduction to contemporary Japan that you can buy. Read it from cover to cover before you visit and it will enhance your time there immeasurably. An honest introduction to all the important aspects of Japan today, with lots of relevant photos. The level of detail is spot on. Don't worry about the 'Geek' bit in the title; it just refers to the author, who is a software engineer. A great book at a fair price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining quick guide to Japan and its culture 10 April 2014
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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A Geek in Japan is an interesting and insightful guide to all who are fascinated by the Japan and its culture.

The book covers aspects of Japan that might be familiar to most, such as manga, anime, and also deeper subjects such as their working environment, society views, practices and more. There are many little nuggets of information in each chapter, such as riding the subway, why people wear face mask,preparing tea, and even a brief travel section.

The best part of the book is the text that explains why Japanese behave the way they do. E.g. The low crime rate, hard workers, employees who typically stay at a single company their whole life, after office hours interaction, family dynamics, the meticulous nature of people, etc. Once you understand that, you sort of get the context to the bigger picture to their society.

I'm not sure how accurate the text is, but several reviews on Amazon commented on that. I guess you have to understand that this is written from the view of a foreigner staying in Japan not for the purpose of studying the country. What's written mostly are based on observation.

The book would have been even better, more insightful with proofreading and commentary from actual Japanese people, because there are times where I go "Is this for real?".

Author Hector Garcia has packed a bit of everything to make it an enjoyable read. I was captivated enough to finish reading in one sitting.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice read with good insights 24 July 2012
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Simple, clear, entertaining. You'll get to know more about Japan, its people and culture, with good insights. All from the point of view of a foreigner who has been living there for some years. It's a good apetizer for your curiosity about Japan.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For absolute japanophiles/otakus/japanese fans! 22 Oct 2011
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Absolutely loved reading this book. Sat down and was amazed at what I learnt. Not much on Japanese fashion (3 pages? That's not enough!) but it was well worth reading! And so much cheaper than Waterstones..
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Bought it for my teenage stepdaughter, who's crazy about Japan, and she loved it! My friends bought the same for their daughter (also a teen)... very useful and full of information, whether you just want to learn more about Japan or plan a trip there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 2 May 2014
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I bought this book as a Christmas present for my son, who intends on visiting Japan in the future. He loved the book, as it was very informative, covering everything a would be traveller needs to know in preparation for a visit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the right balance between fun and serious informative!
Read it and enjoyed it a lot, while in Japan. Gave my visit more depth.
Highly recommend it to first timers.
Published 1 month ago by Ali Dabbagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the delivery
Fab book, very interesting and has whet my appetite for my trip later this year!
Only negative comment is about the delivery, communication was great, I received specifics... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Important guide book
Quite a fascinating read covering everything from the ancient history of Japan through to the modern. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul_ABZ
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone visiting Japan
A great book full of things to see as well as customs in Japan. Good for anyone interested in Japan or planning on visiting Japan.
Published 2 months ago by Keyser Soze
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Informative!!
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my partner, who LOVES all things Japan. He is very interested in going to Japan and loves the culture, as well as being a bit of an... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jade C
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to Japan.
A very good introducing for holiday in Japan. I have had a great time in Tokyo twice using the book as my guide to explore Tokyo. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Niels Gjytkjær
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
I really like this book. It has many nice pictures, interesting text, and keeps my attention. I would recommend it to someone who has very little or no knowledge of Japan and/or... Read more
Published 6 months ago by yvaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I bought this book.
I purchased this book for my teenaged grandson who has an ambition to visit, and work for a period in Japan.

He was extremely pleased with his birthday present.
Published 10 months ago by B. Rosser
5.0 out of 5 stars A Geek in Japan
My Teenage daughter is interested in anything to do with Japan, we bought her this book as part of her birthday present and she loved it, it covers all the things that she is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michelle
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