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A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, ZEN, and the Tea Ceremony Paperback – 15 May 2011
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"The geek in Japan of the title is of course Garcia. He has written a sharp and concise guide to Japan. It is comprehensive and well done. Among many topics, A Geek in Japan covers traditional culture, history, character, work, society, manga & anime, music, movies & television, Tokyo, and visiting the rest of Japan. This is a book by and for Japanophiles. Each section comes with photos, sidebars, and the knowledge of a long-time Japanhand. Very well done." Japan Visitor "Everyone who is interested in Japan will find this book fascinating." Larry Ellison, cofounder and CEO, Oracle Corporation "One of the funniest and yet most accurate descriptions of modern Japanese culture that I've ever seen. Highly recommended!" Joichi Ito, director, MIT Media Lab "Hector and I share a deep interest and affection for all things Japanese. But in my case, I only get to enjoy Japan on my business trips. Back in Spain, I like to keep in touch. And that I do reading kirainet, 'A geek in Japan.' Now you can do the same. And in book format. Enjoy!" Martin Varsavsky, entrepreneur, founder of Fon and Safe Democracy Foundation "Filled with a load of photos and information about Japan a must read." Danny Choo, Tokyo entrepreneur and owner of www.dannychoo.com "While not a traditional guide book, A Geek in Japan certainly makes a reader want to hop on a plane to experience everything firsthand." San Francisco Book Review "Comprehensive and well informed, A Geek in Japan covers a wide array of topics in short articles accompanied by numerous photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of Japan." Japan Today "Hector Garcia's A Geek in Japan is a lightweight but enjoyable romp through modern Japanese culture, seen through the eyes of its writer, an amazingly inquisitive young Spaniard living in Tokyo." Lonely Planet --Lonely Planet
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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Only slight negative for me is that because it's a Spanish guy, writing about Japan, in English - it sometimes reads like a school report.
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.
Needless to say I'm going to be using this book when I plan my next visit to Japan!
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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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A really good book for fans of all things Japanese, daughter loves it, thanksPublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was looking for some light and interesting reading on Japan since I am going there in April and this book could not be better! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Luke Baldacchino
Lovely book. Bought as a present so. An't really say about the contenPublished 1 month ago by Miss Julie A Renouf
Fascinating read, great new perspective on travelling in Japan. Recommend for anyone thinking of a trip:)Published 3 months ago by SPritchard
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