By Hector Garcia
For each fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, clever and concise consultant to the land that's their resource. entire and good educated, it covers a wide range of themes briefly articles observed via sidebars and diverse pictures, offering a full of life digest of the society and tradition of Japan. Designed to attract the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, manga and games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the tradition advisor for readers within the net age.
Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the japanese, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so keen on robots, writer Hector Garcia has created the ideal publication for the becoming ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative advisor.
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This is a typical example of Japanese humor at its purest. SUPER MARIO TANUKI As a matter of fact, the racoon suit in Super Mario Bros 3 is actually a tanuki suit that confers on its wearer the superpowers associated with this Japanese mythological ﬁgure. Moreover, when you’re wearing the tanuki suit, you can turn into an invincible statue. THE LUCKY CAT THE MAMBOU FISH The maneki neko is a Japanese traditional sculpture that brings good luck to whoever owns it. It’s a figure of a cat that moves one paw and is usually placed outside Japanese businesses, mainly restaurants.
There is an extensive tradition of giving presents on special occasions and, if you receive a gift, you must always give something of the same value in return. This might seem a matter of common sense in any other culture, but in Japan the amount of gift giving can be extravagant. According to one study, the same amount of money is spent on presents in Japan as Americans invest in justice. It so happens that Japan is the developed country with the least expenditure for justice per person in the world.
The Japanese learn through repetition at school and in college. They are hardly given any option to think for themselves. They tend to be satisﬁed with established rules, following the set path without making life difﬁcult for themselves, instead of seeking to be original or creating new ideas. At work, they mold themselves in their companies through the repetition of certain patterns, and they develop the same task throughout their lives. They get to be very good at what they do, probably much better than anyone else doing the same thing in another part of the world, but it is also very difﬁcult for them to depart from their routine.
A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony by Hector Garcia