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A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, ZEN, and the Tea Ceremony [Paperback]

Hector Garcia
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc (15 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805311290
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805311295
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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15 of 16 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone visiting Japan 14 April 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Informative!! 10 Feb 2014
By Jade C
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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 Otaku.. He and his brother spent a lot of Christmas day reading the book and learning more about Japan.

Recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about Japan - not just geeks!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to Japan. 25 Dec 2013
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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. And I can use it A third as Well, and still explore New events in Japan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 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 7 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 7 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
If you were attracted to the title, I guarantee you'll love it. Perfect for any lovers of anime, manga, or just Japanese culture.
Published 8 months ago by YeOldeWolde
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
Bought for a family member who had travelled to Japan and wished to return there some day. He's really pleased with it
Published 8 months ago by HC
5.0 out of 5 stars It was everything I was hoping it would be
After discovering NHK channel once I left Virgin Media for Sky, I got hooked on Japanese culture but needed a proper starter so that I could understand some japanese behaviours I... Read more
Published 11 months ago by F. Martellucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book on Japan
As other reviewers have said the title of this book is very misleading. It should be titled interesting facts about Japan and it's culture. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Silvertech.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing~
A great book which provides an detailed insight into the wonderful world of Japan. Definitely glad I decided to pick this up!
Published 11 months ago by 2010gamingworld
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A really interesting book. Japanese culture is very intriguing and this book goes some way to try and explain/describe it. The format of the book is very readable. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amy Ash
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