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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 trained, it covers a big selection of subject matters in brief articles observed through 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 advisor 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 definitely the right e-book for the growing to be ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative advisor.

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The basic rule is that a gift must be no more nor less valuable than the relationship between the two people. 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.

ZEN MEDITATION Zen is the name of a Buddhist sect that stresses the search for wisdom through the meditation known as zazen. Zen developed in China and arrived in Japan more than a thousand years ago, becoming one of the Buddhist sects with the largest number of followers. Today, Japanese Zen is so well established there are several sects based on it. A ZEN MEDITATION SESSION During my first year in Japan, I had the chance to attend a Zen meditation session. First, we were given a brief theoretical introduction to its Buddhist origins, and then we undertook a 35-minute practical session, in which you must try to free your mind of all thoughts.

The benefit of such a democratic system is that, in the end, decisions are normally correct and workers don’t usually go on strike. SOTO-UCHI The dichotomy that reveals the level of familiarity and trust a Japanese person has with you. If you belong to the group of family and friends, they will treat you as uchi, and if you don’t belong to it they will treat you as soto. A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE The need for all uchi members to agree on something can be exaggerated to an unbelievable degree! I remember a colleague of mine whose CD drive broke down.

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