By Hector Garcia

For each fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, clever and concise advisor to the land that's their resource. entire and good proficient, it covers a big selection of subject matters in brief articles followed via sidebars and various photos, offering 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 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 proper publication for the transforming into ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative advisor.

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This “no-mind” state makes us accept the world as it is, and it’s one of the training keys in any do discipline. This apprenticeship system of learning by doing repeatedly came out of Buddhist schools and the martial arts and was introduced into some traditional disciplines, such as flower arrangement (ikebana), calligraphy (shodo), and the tea ceremony (chado), where, though you may find this hard to believe, it takes several years to master all the ceremony kata. But this method of “repetition without thinking,” followed in a strict, systematic, and perfectionist way, has ended up permeating many of the daily work routines of the Japanese.

Then he told us a story, or koan: “A long time ago, a student tried every day to understand the true meaning of Zen, and, because he couldn’t work it out, his teacher hit him constantly with the stick. The day came when the student decided to leave and travel in order to try to understand what Zen was. ” A Buddhist monk practicing takuhatsu in Asakusa, Tokyo THE TRADITIONAL ARTS AND DISCIPLINES -29- Along with koan and meditation, Zen rock gardens are designed to calm the mind and help it to switch off, meditate, and reach one step further.

It was all very formal and tense until he drank a couple of beers and started telling me that he had gotten divorced the past weekend. Just as if I were a lifelong friend! At that instant I recalled all the books on Japanese culture I had read precisely in order to know what to do and say next. THE VIRTUE OF HUMILITY Modesty and humility are essential values for comporting oneself correctly in Japan. The Japanese are humble by definition, no matter what their social class, talent, studies, or job.

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