A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, by Hector Garcia

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. accomplished and good proficient, it covers a big selection of subject matters in brief articles followed by means of 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 consultant 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 right ebook for the starting to be ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative consultant.

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For instance, the referee in each match dresses like a Shinto monk, and, at the beginning and end of each match, the wrestlers perform certain Shinto rites, such as clapping their hands and hurling salt to scare away bad spirits. Sumo wrestlers are known as rikishi. Each year’s champion is proclaimed yokozuna and becomes a sort of national hero. The rest of the competitors also become well-known, thanks to the banzuke—the official ranking—which is published in Sumo wrestler leaving the stadium at Ryogoku, the main sumo stadium in the country Practicing judo in a park in the middle of Tokyo on a Sunday morning newspapers and posted in many bars and restaurants around the country.

If you buy something too ostentatious for someone you’ve just met, the other person will probably feel offended and be obligated to you from that moment. The giri balance in the relationship has been upset. To solve this problem, the other person must give you a present of equal value because of giri pressure. There are dozens of kinds of gifts in Japan: for births, birthdays, weddings, deaths—they even give presents to commemorate death anniversaries. A wedding is considered a very important moment in life, when new connections are made between two families.

Two of the most important ones are wabi-sabi and iki. IKI Iki is a term born during the Edo IKI Period. It was used first in samurai circles to designate men of worth Iki is a term born and elegance who followed the code during the Edo of honor. ” The Japanese have that are original, always valued sobriety. We could calm, refined, say a person or thing is iki if he, she, and sophisticated or it is original, calm, refined, and without being sophisticated without being perfect perfect or or complicated.

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