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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 wide range of issues in brief articles followed through sidebars and various photos, 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 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 the ideal publication for the turning out to be ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative consultant.

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No matter what one’s status, everybody in Japan must be humble to respect their way of being. Sometimes it happens that someone is too ambitious and flaunts his power too much, and he ends up being ostracized by his company and society. There are books about cases where a person of great promise has ended up cleaning the company bathrooms because he was too ambitious and his superiors got scared: the Japanese see ambition as a threat to the inner balance of the system, which might bring them down in the future.

In this sense, the practice of a martial art is not limited to the time spent in the dojo but goes beyond, extending into the daily lives of those who undertake it. The goal of its practice is self-improvement, the feeling of fulfillment, improved self-esteem, and personal growth—to the end of becoming a calmer, more stable person. It is said that those who practice martial arts are, generally speaking, happier than those who don’t. This is the standard position you must adopt before you shoot an arrow in the martial art called kyudo.

These meek animals can weigh more than 4,000 pounds, and they usually live in temperate ocean waters. In Japanese, it’s called mambou–sunfish in English–and its scientific name is Mola mola. They are famous for being very clumsy and useless, and in Japanese culture they frequently appear in company logos, video games, etc. From the scientific point of view, part of its interest is that it’s the largest fish with a bony skeleton, so it’s probably one of our distant cousins. The maneki neko is the popular figure of a cat with a raised paw that brings good luck and prosperity to businesses.

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