By Hector Garcia
For each fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, shrewdpermanent and concise consultant to the land that's their resource. complete and good educated, it covers a wide range of themes briefly articles followed via sidebars and various images, delivering a full of life digest of the society and tradition of Japan. Designed to entice 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 transforming into ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative advisor.
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In Zen Buddhism, for instance, absolute truth cannot be communicated; you must attain it by yourself. Instead of saying that tao is a universal spirit that lives within each one of us, Buddhists say that it’s Buddha who is inside all of us. In Japan, strict systems of meditation were developed through which you could get to know the nature of Buddha and absolute truth, and by means of which the teacher could help students to progress while always allowing them to ﬁnd wisdom for themselves. Over centuries, a system evolved so that the student could become like his teacher, so that the student could understand the 道.
But if you ask them afterward, it’s not like that at all. They enjoy them even more than we do. The Japanese learn through repetition at school and in college. They are hardly given any option to think for themselves. They tend to be satisﬁed with established rules, following the set path without making life difﬁcult for themselves, instead of seeking to be original or creating new ideas. At work, they mold themselves in their companies through the repetition of certain patterns, and they develop the same task throughout their lives.
SUMIMASEN Sumimasen is used to relax the tension in a conversation—it’s like a sign that says you understand the other person’s feelings. ” THE CULTURE OF CHOTTO As with sumimasen, chotto is another handy word to avoid confrontation. ” You can respond, “Chotto,” which means you like rice a little bit. But you will gradually realize this word has more to it than meets the eye, and maybe, when we answer the rice question with chotto we are not really expressing the same concept of “a little bit” that we have in the West.
A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony by Hector Garcia