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

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

by Hector Garcia

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ISBN-13: 9784805311295
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 06/10/2011
Edition description: Paperback with Flaps
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 65,977
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Hector Garcia was born in Spain, in 1981. After earning his MS in software engineering and working at 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.com

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Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good for if you are traveling to Japan and know nothing about Anime, Manga, Sushi, etc. Great for travelers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the sample through, I would recommend this to any traveler or enthusiast going to Japan for the first time. The book does well to show the nationalist and protective culture of Japan. This book also inspires travel with its enthusiastic journal of one man's trek through Japan. I will be telling my fellow Japanese animation enthusiasts about this great book!
birdsam0610 on LibraryThing 15 days ago
A Geek in Japan is one of those books I saw on the shelf at my local bookstore and just had to have. I love Japan and I love to learn more about it. A Geek in Japan is deceiving though, in that it contains much more information than you think at first glance. Hector Garcia has obviously put a lot of time and effort into researching this book, which delves into many aspects of Japan. It includes history, social structures (I learned more from this book than I did from six years of Japanese), culture, work life, leisure, anime, cosplay, vending machines, zen, Shinto, Buddhism, temples, shrines and walking tours of various places in Tokyo.What I found very interesting was that according to Hector, the Japanese wish for harmony as a whole over triumph of the individual ¿ which is very different to what occurs in the West. It was also interesting to see repetition given as a way of learning ¿ if you do something hundreds of times, you will end up getting it right. The work structures were also very interesting ¿ the consultation between many levels with the focus on precision. If I wasn¿t a gaijin, I think I¿d like this!Hector explains things very clearly in the majority of circumstances but occasionally the English sounded a little `off¿ to me (for example, a lot of use of the word `moreover¿). This is a small thing to get used to.I learnt so much from this book, more than I did over a long period of study and a long trip to Japan. It clarified a lot of things for me. Well done on a great book ¿ this would certainly be of use to those going to Japan or just wanting to know more about it. The pictures are excellent too.
HenryBeemis More than 1 year ago
Gave this book as a gift to a student of Japan. Got nothing put thanks and praise for the gift, as well as assurances that every page was read. Can't expect more than that.
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I have this book, not on my nook, bur physicaly. Anyway, I wantto go to Japan someday and this book helps me plan! It even comes with helpful phrases!!!!! MUST HAVE!!!!
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I dont get it
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This is not the book you want i read the smple and it is so boreing. Dont get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!