A Geek In Japan is a comprehensive book that covers a broad set of topics in short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous gorgeous, vibrant photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of Japan. Designed to appeal to the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokémon, manga and video games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the culture guide for readers in the Internet age.
This book is written by Hector Garcia, who was born in Spain, in 1981. He is a software engineer and self-avowed geek, moved to Tokyo in 2004 and soon after began to document the most startling aspects of his new home in a blog.
In this book, he takes you through his life experience in Japan and touches on traditional cultures like bushido, geisha, Shinto, Buddhism, and Confucianism to chapters on traditional arts and disciplines like ukiyo-e, ikebanam Zen meditation, martial arts, and tea ceremony. He also talks about Japanese society and daily life to the world of manga, animé, J-pop and many more. Despite the name of the book, it is not just a book for geeks. It is a book for everyone.
I have personally been to Japan five times and each time, I always learn new things. My children are huge fans of Pokémon and Yo-Kai! They absolutely love the animation! Through this book, I have gained more in-depth knowledge and explanation about their culture. I am very much enjoying this book. It is an absorbing read and is accompanied by lots of beautiful pictures. I would recommend this book for anyone. It is available to buy from Tuttle Publishing, Amazon and good bookstores.
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