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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 187.96 x 251.46 x 17.78mm | 657.71g
  • Tuttle Shokai Inc
  • Kanagawa, Japan
  • English
  • more than 300 colour photographs; 3 tables; and 12 maps
  • 4805311290
  • 9784805311295
  • 12,048

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"A self-avowed geek reinvents the cultural guidebook genre for readers of the Internet age in this insightful and eye-catching tome..."--"Kansai Scene Magazine" "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"" "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 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 "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 -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 -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 -Filled with a load of photos and information about Japan--a must read.- --Danny Choo, Tokyo entrepreneur and owner of www.dannychoo.com -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 -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 -Everyone who is interested in Japan will find this book fascinating.- --Larry Ellison, cofounder and CEO, Oracle Corporation -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 -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 "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 "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 "Filled with a load of photos and information about Japan--a must read." --Danny Choo, Tokyo entrepreneur and owner of www.dannychoo.com "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 "Everyone who is interested in Japan will find this book fascinating." --Larry Ellison, cofounder and CEO, Oracle Corporation "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 Planetshow more

About Hector Garcia

Hector Garcia was born in Spain, in 1981. After earning his MS in software engineering and working for CERN in Switzerland, he moved to Japan, where he worked on voice recognition software and later for Digital Garage, developing the technology needed for Silicon Valley startups like Twitter and Technorati to enter the Japanese market. He has been living in Tokyo since 2004 and is the creator of the popular blog www.kirainet.comshow more

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