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A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony Paperback – June 10, 2011
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"Hector Garcia's A Geek in Japan is a lightweight but enjoyable romp through modern Japanese culture, seen through the eyes of its writer, an amazingly inquisitive young Spaniard living in Tokyo." —Lonely Planet
"The geek in Japan of the title is of course Garcia. He has written a sharp and concise guide to Japan. It is comprehensive and well done. Among many topics, A Geek in Japan covers traditional culture, history, character, work, society, manga & anime, music, movies & television, Tokyo, and visiting the rest of Japan. This is a book by and for Japanophiles. Each section comes with photos, sidebars, and the knowledge of a long-time Japanhand. Very well done." —Japan Visitor
"Everyone who is interested in Japan will find this book fascinating." —Larry Ellison, cofounder and CEO, Oracle Corporation
"One of the funniest and yet most accurate descriptions of modern Japanese culture that I've ever seen. Highly recommended!" —Joichi Ito, director, MIT Media Lab
"Hector and I share a deep interest and affection for all things Japanese. But in my case, I only get to enjoy Japan on my business trips. Back in Spain, I like to keep in touch. And that I do reading kirainet, 'A geek in Japan.' Now you can do the same. And in book format. Enjoy!" —Martin Varsavsky, entrepreneur, founder of Fon and Safe Democracy Foundation
"Filled with a load of photos and information about Japan—a must read." —Danny Choo, Tokyo entrepreneur and owner of www.dannychoo.com
"While not a traditional guide book, A Geek in Japan certainly makes a reader want to hop on a plane to experience everything firsthand." —San Francisco Book Review
"Comprehensive and well informed, A Geek in Japan covers a wide array of topics in short articles accompanied by numerous photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of Japan." —Japan Today
About the Author
Hector Garcia was born in Spain, in 1981. After earning his MS in software engineering and working for 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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Excellent review of Japanese culture and very helpful for planning, even though the writing style is sometimes not quite refined (avoid absolutes such as "All Japanese do this or that....")
The only topic I wish had more analysis was the section on tv and movies. There's an over-the-top style to their entertainment that I didn't really understand any better after reading this book.
We all certainly heard about Japan with all those clichés about bald samurais, white geishas, nerds with pimples, cafés with servant maids, censored porn and terrific buildings living up to the sky and beyond...
Summarizing this country just like that feels kind of sad, isn't it?
Don't stop in the mere surface, for God's shake!
Why not digging much deeper as this fascinating culture deserves? with this book as spade, you will know how really things are nowadays from a guy who has been living and working there for several years.
Is not nice of him to put all of that experience together with these amazing photos for us?
Almost forgot! you don't need to be a geek at all, actually the title has little or almost nothing to do with the contents which are much much more culturish than geekish.