Japan from Anime to Zen Quick Takes on Culture Art History Food and More

An accessible compendium of the most important aspects of Japanese arts, culture and history, for quick reference or a longer, in-depth read, for actual and armchair travelers alike..

Author: David Watts Barton

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781611720631

Category: Travel

Page: 288

View: 703

An accessible compendium of the most important aspects of Japanese arts, culture and history, for quick reference or a longer, in-depth read, for actual and armchair travelers alike..

A Geek in Japan

A Geek in Japan decodes the mysteries of the Japanese language, Japanese social values and daily habits, business and technology, the arts, and symbols and practices that are peculiarly Japanese.

Author: Hector Garcia

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462920020

Category: Travel

Page: 192

View: 380

Created specifically for fans of Japanese "cool culture," A Geek in Japan is one of the most iconic, hip, and concise cultural guides available. Reinvented for the internet age, it is packed with personal essays and hundreds of photographs and presents all the touchstones of traditional and contemporary culture in an entirely new way. A Geek in Japan decodes the mysteries of the Japanese language, Japanese social values and daily habits, business and technology, the arts, and symbols and practices that are peculiarly Japanese. This revised and expanded edition contains many new pages of materials on all sorts of topics including Kyoto, Japanese architecture, and Japanese video games. It also features a guide to author Hector Garcia's favorite Tokyo hangouts and tips on visiting many "secret" places around Japan. Highlighting the originality and creativity of the Japanese, debunking myths, and answering nagging questions such as why the Japanese are so fond of wearing face masks, Garcia has written an irreverent, insightful, and highly informative guide for the growing ranks of Japanophiles around the world.

Chinese Folktales

As its title suggests, this book captures the essence of Japanese life and culture in 100 words.

Author: Ornella Civardi

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462921957

Category: Travel

Page: 224

View: 788

As its title suggests, this book captures the essence of Japanese life and culture in 100 words. From well-known concepts like zen, kawaii and anime to their lesser-known counterparts waiting to be discovered by the West, Japan in 100 Words covers it all. Readers will learn more about: Chochin—decorative lanterns seen everywhere from shrines and temples to izakaya Fugu—the very carefully prepared delicacy of poisonous blowfish J-pop—the now widely popular musical genre Karoshi—literally translated as "overwork death" Omiai—the Japanese version of an arranged marriage And much more! The beautiful full-color illustrations bring these ideas, places and objects to life—making it the perfect addition to any Japanophiles library or a fun and useful introductory guide for a first-time visitor to Japan.

A Geek in Japan

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Japanese, debunking myths about them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so fond of robots, author Hector Garcia has created the perfect book for the growing ranks of ...

Author: Hector Garcia

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9784805311295

Category: Travel

Page: 160

View: 438

For every fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, smart and concise guide to the land that is their source. Comprehensive and well informed, it covers a wide array of topics in short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of Japan. Designed to appeal to the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, manga and video games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the culture guide for readers in the Internet age. Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Japanese, debunking myths about them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so fond of robots, author Hector Garcia has created the perfect book for the growing ranks of Japanophiles in this inspired, insightful and highly informative guide.

Graphic Japan

Japanese design embodies the holy grail of creative freedom and commercial success?this book is an inspirational ?must? for designers in the West.

Author: Natalie Avella

Publisher: Rotovision

ISBN: 9782880467715

Category: Design

Page: 223

View: 407

From the kitsch cuteness of the ubiquitous Hello Kitty to the cult of manga and anime, Japanese design has long paved the way for the West to follow. Graphic Japan goes beyond this well-known territory to reveal the myriad styles of design produced in Japan today, from packaging to posters, typography to new media. Contemporary Japanese graphic design is a unique collision of traditional cultural influences and a focused thrust towards modernization on global terms. No other country has found itself modernized so quickly while retaining such a distinct way of life, and the resulting graphic innovation enthralls the world. Divided into distinct sections, the book reflects the marriage of tradition and hyper-modernity that typifies Japanese design. Essays on today?s innovators are beautifully printed in a simple, elegant manner typical of traditional Japanese work, while visual matter is boldly, colorfully printed, reflecting the brash, global commerciality of much new material. Japanese design embodies the holy grail of creative freedom and commercial success?this book is an inspirational ?must? for designers in the West.

Japanese Aesthetics and Anime

This study addresses the relationship between Japanese aesthetics, a field steeped in philosophy and traditional knowledge, and anime, a prominent part of contemporary popular culture.

Author: Dani Cavallaro

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786471514

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 207

View: 403

This study addresses the relationship between Japanese aesthetics, a field steeped in philosophy and traditional knowledge, and anime, a prominent part of contemporary popular culture. There are three premises: (1) the abstract concepts promoted by Japanese aesthetics find concrete expression at the most disparate levels of everyday life; (2) the abstract and the concrete coalesce in the visual domain, attesting to the visual nature of Japanese culture at large; and (3) anime can help us appreciate many aspects of Japan’s aesthetic legacy, in terms of both its theoretical propositions and its visual, even tangible, aspects.

A Brief History of Japan

This fascinating history tells the story of the people of Japan, from ancient teenage priest-queens to teeming hordes of salarymen, a nation that once sought to conquer China, yet also shut itself away for two centuries in self-imposed ...

Author: Jonathan Clements

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462919340

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 777

This fascinating history tells the story of the people of Japan, from ancient teenage priest-queens to teeming hordes of salarymen, a nation that once sought to conquer China, yet also shut itself away for two centuries in self-imposed seclusion. First revealed to Westerners in the chronicles of Marco Polo, Japan was a legendary faraway land defended by a fearsome Kamikaze storm and ruled by a divine sovereign. It was the terminus of the Silk Road, the furthest end of the known world, a fertile source of inspiration for European artists, and an enduring symbol of the mysterious East. In recent times, it has become a powerhouse of global industry, a nexus of popular culture, and a harbinger of post-industrial decline. With intelligence and wit, author Jonathan Clements blends documentary and storytelling styles to connect the past, present and future of Japan, and in broad yet detailed strokes reveals a country of paradoxes: a modern nation steeped in ancient traditions; a democracy with an emperor as head of state; a famously safe society built on 108 volcanoes resting on the world's most active earthquake zone; a fast-paced urban and technologically advanced country whose land consists predominantly of mountains and forests. Among the chapters in this Japanese history book are: The Way of the Gods: Prehistoric and Mythical Japan A Game of Thrones: Minamoto vs. Taira Time Warp: 200 Years of Isolation The Stench of Butter: Restoration and Modernization The New Breed: The Japanese Miracle

Cool Japan Guide

Cool Japan Guide takes you on a fun tour from the high-energy urban streets of Tokyo to the peaceful Zen gardens and Shinto shrines of Kyoto and introduces you to: the exciting world of Japanese food—from bento to sushi and everything in ...

Author: Abby Denson

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462914934

Category: Travel

Page: 128

View: 304

Traveling to Japan has never been so much fun—visit the land of anime, manga, cosplay, hot springs and sushi! This graphic Japan travel guide is the first of its kind exploring Japanese culture from a cartoonist's perspective. Cool Japan Guide takes you on a fun tour from the high-energy urban streets of Tokyo to the peaceful Zen gardens and Shinto shrines of Kyoto and introduces you to: the exciting world of Japanese food—from bento to sushi and everything in between. the otaku (geek) culture of Japan, including a manga market in Tokyo where artists display and sell their original artwork. the complete Japanese shopping experience, from combini (not your run-of-the-mill convenience stores!) to depato (department stores with everything). the world's biggest manga, anime and cosplay festivals. lots of other exciting places to go and things to do—like zen gardens, traditional Japanese arts, and a ride on a Japanese bullet train. Whether you're ready to hop a plane and travel to Japan tomorrow, or interested in Japanese culture, this fun and colorful travelogue by noted comic book artist and food blogger Abby Denson, husband Matt, friend Yuuko, and sidekick, Kitty Sweet Tooth, will present Japan in a unique and fascinating way.

The Anime Companion 2

More What's Japanese in Japanese Animation? Gilles Poitras. GOT ZEN? GOT ZEN! Yes, there are entries on two different things called zen in this volume of The Anime Companion. Several people have asked me why there was no entry for Zen ...

Author: Gilles Poitras

Publisher: Stone Bridge Press

ISBN: 1880656965

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

View: 370

Become an expert on cultural details commonly seen in Japanese animation, movies, comics and TV shows.

The Rough Guide to Japan Travel Guide eBook

Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Japan. Winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017.

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 0241326109

Category: Travel

Page: 880

View: 138

Explore Japan with the smartest and shrewdest guidebook on the market. Fully updated and expanded, this stunningly illustrated travel guide brings you superb coverage of all the country's unmissable experiences, from staying in a cosy ryokan and soaking in an onsen bath to climbing snow-capped Mount Fuji and watching a titanic bout of sumo. Get up-to-the minute tips on contemporary Japan, from Kyoto's burgeoning street-food scene to Tokyo's up-and-coming hipster hubs, and read expert background on everything from anime to Zen. Packed with advice on all the best places to eat, sleep, drink and party - on every budget - this new edition of The Rough Guide to Japan covers Japan with our trademark mix of candour, insight and practical advice. Full colour maps and Japanese characters are given throughout to help navigate this bewildering and bewitching country. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Japan. Winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017.

Japanese Culture

Why do Japanese people bow? What is Shinto? Why is cherry blossom important in Japan? This beautifully illustrated book gives an introduction into the fascinating and ancient culture of Japan.

Author: Teresa Heapy

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 1406241849

Category:

Page: 48

View: 792

This work covers a vast array of subjects on Japanese culture - from fine arts to ceremonies, and from legends to the culture's global influence.

Vintage Love Japanese Kanji Cherry Blossom Sakura Festival Zen Journal

Whether for your desk at home, your work or in your bag on the go this professionally designed 6" x 9" notebook provides the perfect platform for you to record your thoughts.

Author: Cherryblossomjapan Journals

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781082559532

Category:

Page: 122

View: 601

Whether for your desk at home, your work or in your bag on the go this professionally designed 6" x 9" notebook provides the perfect platform for you to record your thoughts. The pre-lined pages are ready and waiting to be filled! Dimensions 6" x 9" (15cm x 22cm) / A5 120 lined pages Professional quality pages Beautiful look and feel Glossy Cover Perfect gift

Japanese Aesthetics and Anime

In A. Isozaki, T. Ando and T. Fujimori, The Contemporary Tea House:Japan's Top Architects Redefine a Tradition. Tokyo: Kodansha. Antariksa. 2000. “Space in Japanese Zen Buddhist Architecture.” DIMENSI TEKNIKARSITEKTUR, vol. 29, no.

Author: Dani Cavallaro

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476603839

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 207

View: 228

This study addresses the relationship between Japanese aesthetics, a field steeped in philosophy and traditional knowledge, and anime, a prominent part of contemporary popular culture. There are three premises: (1) the abstract concepts promoted by Japanese aesthetics find concrete expression at the most disparate levels of everyday life; (2) the abstract and the concrete coalesce in the visual domain, attesting to the visual nature of Japanese culture at large; and (3) anime can help us appreciate many aspects of Japan’s aesthetic legacy, in terms of both its theoretical propositions and its visual, even tangible, aspects.

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: 0520287770

Category:

Page:

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Seeing Japan

The scenes and images that best typify Japan are showcased in this lavishroduction - full colour photographs throughout, with a succinct andlluminating text.

Author: Charles Whipple

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 4770023375

Category: Photography

Page: 103

View: 838

The scenes and images that best typify Japan are showcased in this lavishroduction - full colour photographs throughout, with a succinct andlluminating text. Part 1 presents the tremendous range of landscapes andustoms in the various distinctive regions of this suprisingly large andiverse nation, while Part 2 concentrates on the arts and traditions of aulture that has been nurtured over centuries. Part 3 offers essentialackground on the country's history, language and people.

Japanese Coloring Book for Kids

50 Beautiful Japanese Coloring Designs for kids This Japanese Coloring Book for adults includes 50 beautiful quality designs, which range in complexity from medium to expert level.

Author: Jahangir Hossain

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 104

View: 690

50 Beautiful Japanese Coloring Designs for kids This Japanese Coloring Book for adults includes 50 beautiful quality designs, which range in complexity from medium to expert level. Relaxart's curated collection of premium artwork features intricate Japanese designs, patterns, mandalas, dragons, landscapes, zen gardens, koi ponds, typical flowers, geishas, maneki nekos, kokeshi dolls, cultural elements and much more. It also includes a variety of illustration styles such as tattoo, doodles, intricate, detailed, abstract, whimsical and more. These beautiful illustrations provide hours of relaxation and stress relief. Japanese Coloring Book Details: 50 Beautiful coloring pages, 100 pages of interior High Resolution Printing Size: 8.5" x 11" (20.3cm x 25.4cm) Single-Sided Pages The Back of all pages are black to minimize bleed through Glossy Cover Best suited for colored pencil or gel pens (Not for watercolor, acrylics, or liquid inks)

Cross cultural Studies in Curriculum

This is in marked contrast to the other filmic genre that has captured a global market—the dystopian narratives of Japanese animé. Has Zen Buddhism gone to a surface aesthetic in keeping with globalized designer capitalism via the eye ...

Author: Claudia Eppert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0805856730

Category: Education

Page: 379

View: 309

This volume broadens the horizon of educational research in North America by introducing a comprehensive dialogue between Eastern and Western philosophies and perspectives on the subject of curriculum theory and practice. It is a very timely work in light of the progressively globalized nature of education and educational studies and the increasingly widespread attunement to Eastern educational theories in the West. By introducing Eastern perspectives, this book questions taken-for-granted thinking in Western educational thought about the foundations of teaching and learning, curriculum theory, educational policy, and educational issues such as teaching for social justice, service-learning initiatives, human rights and environmental education, and the teaching of content area subjects. It provides an important opportunity for scholars from different countries and different disciplines to establish a solid yet accessible foundation of East-West inquiry that furthers the scope and depth of curriculum studies and to disseminate the insights from this book in the venues in which they work. Researchers, faculty, and graduate students in the fields of curriculum theory, curriculum and instruction, educational foundations, philosophy of education, international/comparative education, and multicultural educational studies will welcome this book. It is appropriate as a text for upper-level courses in these areas.

K is for Kabuki A Japan Alphabet

Log on to www.av2books.com, and enter the unique book code found on page 2 of this book to unlock an extra dimension to these beloved tales. Hear the story come to life as you read along in your own book.

Author: Gloria Whelan

Publisher: Weigl Publishers

ISBN: 1489652140

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 56

View: 647

AV2 Fiction Readalong by Weigl brings you timeless tales of mystery, suspense, adventure, and the lessons learned while growing up. These celebrated children’s stories are sure to entertain and educate while captivating even the most reluctant readers. Log on to www.av2books.com, and enter the unique book code found on page 2 of this book to unlock an extra dimension to these beloved tales. Hear the story come to life as you read along in your own book.

Lessons in Sustainable Development from Japan and South Korea

Elements oftraditional culturethat continueto be practicedtoday include the Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese Zen gardening, ... The campaign seeks to display aspects of Japanese fashion,anime, games,and foodthat foreigners find trendy.

Author: S. Hsu

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137340983

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 112

View: 807

Lessons in Sustainable Development from Japan and South Korea provides a concise overview of sustainable development in Japan and South Korea. Hsu, Naoi, and Zhang focus on environment, energy, health, technology, biodiversity, production, governance, well-being, livelihood, regulation, property rights, and minerals as indicators of sustainable development. Japan has greatly improved its environment since the industrialization process ended in the 1970s. The nation also has excellent health care and transportation systems. However, Japan continues to struggle with gender inequality and traffic congestion. Poverty and inequality have remained challenges since the 1990s. Similarly, South Korea is continuing to improve its environment, as well as its health care system, but struggles with gender inequality, poverty, and inequality. The countries can benefit from better social policies, as well as from a partnership in improving energy self-sufficiency, including enhancement of renewable energy technologies.

Japanese Visual Culture

Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime Mark W. MacWilliams. Hong Kong, and New York can all be ... Barthes, in his Empireof Signs, turnsto Zen to arrive at hisreading of Japan as an openended text, free of a fixed center.

Author: Mark W. MacWilliams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317466993

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 997

Born of Japan's cultural encounter with Western entertainment media, manga (comic books or graphic novels) and anime (animated films) are two of the most universally recognized forms of contemporary mass culture. Because they tell stories through visual imagery, they vault over language barriers. Well suited to electronic transmission and distributed by Japan's globalized culture industry, they have become a powerful force in both the mediascape and the marketplace.This volume brings together an international group of scholars from many specialties to probe the richness and subtleties of these deceptively simple cultural forms. The contributors explore the historical, cultural, sociological, and religious dimensions of manga and anime, and examine specific sub-genres, artists, and stylistics. The book also addresses such topics as spirituality, the use of visual culture by Japanese new religious movements, Japanese Goth, nostalgia and Japanese pop, "cute" (kawali) subculture and comics for girls, and more. With illustrations throughout, it is a rich source for all scholars and fans of manga and anime as well as students of contemporary mass culture or Japanese culture and civilization.