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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. complete and good trained, it covers a big selection of themes briefly articles followed 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 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 fitting booklet for the turning out to be ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative consultant.

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20 THINGS JAPANESE Samurai or gentry, and before the merchants and mechanics. Even under the new regime, more than half the population is engaged in field labour, and nearly half the national revenue flows from that source. There are no large landed proprietors. As a rule, each farmer or peasant tills his own field with the help of his sons and often his wife and daughters; and the land is really his own, for the doctrine that everything belongs absolutely to the Emperor is, of course, only a convenient legal fiction.

To this description of Sir Ernest Satow’s, it should be added that fences were in use, and that the wooden doors, sometimes fastened by means of hooks, resembled those with which we are familiar in Europe rather than the sliding, screen-like doors of modem Japan. The windows seem to have been mere holes. Rush-matting and rugs consisting of skins were occasionally brought in to sit upon, and we even hear once or twice of “silk rugs” being used for the same purpose by the noble, and wealthy. Architecture 43 Since 870, the Japanese have begun to exchange their own methods of building for what is locally termed “foreign style,” doubtless, as a former resident* has wittily observed, because foreign to all known styles of architecture.

The steps leading up to it resemble a ladder rather than a staircase. The best rooms in a Japanese house are almost invariably at the back, where also is the garden; and they face south, so as to escape the northern blast in winter and to get the benefit of the breeze in summer, which then always blows from the south. They generally have a recess or alcove, ornamented with a painted or written scroll (kakemono) and a vase of flowers. Furniture is conspicuous by its absence. There are no tables, no chairs, no wash-hand-stands, no pianoforte,—none of all those thousand and one things which we cannot do without.

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