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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. complete and good knowledgeable, it covers a wide range of issues in brief articles observed by way of sidebars and diverse 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 advisor 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 fitting ebook for the turning out to be ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative advisor.

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We could define honne as the wishes, opinions, and true feelings every individual has, whereas tatemae refers to social obligations and the opinions that have been adapted or adjusted to society’s. Tatemae is evident when words and true intentions don’t fully coincide. What is expressed orally by the individual is tatemae, and what he really thinks is honne. This may be a fact of life in every country around the world, and if we wanted to settle for a crude translation we could call it something like hypocrisy.

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. This learning or apprenticeship system spread to different aspects of Japanese life and has survived to the present day.

In my present company, I tried to bring the groups of men and women together to some extent: we sometimes would go out for lunch together, but I realized they don’t feel totally at ease and tried to avoid it. So, I’ve gradually stopped making an effort and am adapting to the Japanese method, joining a group of guys. If I joined the girls, they would look at me as if I were from another planet. THE UNIQUE JAPANESE CHARACTER -39- I’M SORRY, EXCUSE ME The Japanese usually apologize for every little thing and all the time.

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