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Magic of Japan

Secret Places and Life-Changing Experiences

Hector Garcia



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14 September 2021
A charming collection of quirky insights into Japanese culture.

The Magic of Japan is writer Hector Garcia's intensely personal account of his fifteen years in Japan. A self-professed 'otaku 'or Japanese anime geek since childhood, Garcia has worked for a Japanese software company, mastered the language, and become one of Japan's most popular bloggers.

This book is the culmination of his experiences and showcases Garcia's unique ability to delve beneath the surface of Japanese culture to describe its quirky and deep spiritual underpinnings. This collection of essays and beautiful photographs will appeal to his worldwide fan base - including those who devoured his previous bestsellers, A Geek in Japan and Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life - Japanophiles, armchair travellers and anyone with an interest in cultural and travel memoirs. The Magic of Japan features Garcia's keen observations on a wide variety of cultural topics:

Japanese behavioural traits, including non-verbal communication, hansei (self-reflection), heijoshin (a calm mind) and shoshin (childlike openness) How Japan's geography and history have shaped its culture-its natural disasters, scarce resources, centuries of isolation and its feudal past Japanese idiosyncrasies, ranging from food traditions and absurd jobs to a love of queues The Japanese spirit, as evidenced in traditional art, manga and attitudes to women Shintoism and Buddhism, looking at temples, festivals, rituals and how religious beliefs pervade popular culture, as seen for example in Studio Ghibli's movie Spirited Away Japan's dark side, including crime, the yakuza, adultery, bullying and suicide

The book ends with a gloriously random selection of all things Garcia considers especially magical about Japan- from izakaya to shiitake mushrooms, summer fireworks and green tea!
Imprint:   Tuttle
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 191mm, 
Weight:   737g
ISBN:   9784805316528
ISBN 10:   4805316527
Pages:   192
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hector Garcia was born in Spain in 1981 and has been living in Tokyo since 2004. During his spare time he writes, one of the most widely-read blogs in the world in Spanish and in English, as well as books about his experiences in Japan. He is the author of the bestsellers: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life and A Geek in Japan. You can find more of Hector's musings at

Reviews for Magic of Japan: Secret Places and Life-Changing Experiences

Writer Garcia, a 15-year resident of Japan, shares his deep, outsider's observations in essays and photos. -Booklist

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