By Hector Garcia
For each fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, shrewdpermanent and concise advisor to the land that's their resource. entire and good proficient, it covers a big selection of themes briefly articles observed by way of sidebars and diverse pictures, delivering 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 web 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 fitting publication for the transforming into ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative advisor.
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To cite an example, an Audi 8 would be iki, whereas a four-wheel-drive vehicle would not. As for people, the typical rich guy would not be iki, while an educated man with a good career and who stands out not because he forces the situation but because the environment makes him stand out would deﬁnitely be iki. If we apply this to the Japanese world, geisha are iki—they are beautiful and sophisticated, but have no intention of standing out. Japanese avant-garde architecture is iki, and so are the interiors of Japanese houses with tatami mats, Haruki Murakami’s novels, eating sushi, ukiyo-e, etc.
At that instant I recalled all the books on Japanese culture I had read precisely in order to know what to do and say next. THE VIRTUE OF HUMILITY Modesty and humility are essential values for comporting oneself correctly in Japan. The Japanese are humble by deﬁnition, no matter what their social class, talent, studies, or job. They are simply expected to behave with modesty. One factor that reinforces humility as fundamental is language, for the Japanese language has honoriﬁc forms that serve to extol our interlocutor’s virtues and other forms or formulas to lower our own status before someone who is our superior.
Instead to other, more subtle and gentler words like chotto or nonverbal language like the neck movement. Answering with iie is very curt and you hardly hear it, except in really tense situations. Think about how often you hear the word no in English in any one day—in Japan, the day you hear iie can be counted as something extraordinary. Besides chotto, there are many ways of saying “no” delicately, depending on the situation. For example, my boss at work usually says, “This is very interesting,” “Uh-huh,” “Yes,” “This is complicated, but…,” or “We will study your proposal” when, judging by the face he’s making, he’s really saying “NO,” “NO,” “NO…” So you must pay careful attention to people’s expressions in Japan.
A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony by Hector Garcia