A Geek in Japan

A Geek in Japan, the book

A Geek in Japan, on sale since 2008, is a best-seller, it has been translated into 8 languages and sold more than 200.000 copies worldwide.

A Geek in Japan


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 Japanreinvents 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.


“I don’t consider my book as a Japan guide, is not a serious-expert book about Japanese culture, it’s not a book only about otaku-manga culture, it is maybe everything together, it is my experience, my view of JapanA geek in Japan is a compilation of knowledge that have helped me to undertand better this country and its people, it is what I’ve learned about Japan during my first seven years living here. Still a lot to learn!” – Héctor García


“Everyone who is interested in Japan will find this book fascinating”
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation


“A combination of a likeable personality and a highly inquisitive mind have helped Hector penetrate the often difficult-to-understand layers of seemingly contradictory elements that make up modern Japanese culture. As a geek with an eye for aesthetics and photography, Hector is able to explain his findings in a clear and funny way. Hector’s book is one of the funniest and yet very accurate descriptions of modern Japanese culture that I’ve ever seen.
Highly recommend!”
Joi Ito, director of MIT Media Lab


3 replies on “A Geek in Japan”

I came to Japan one year ago. Today September 1st, I was visiting Edo Tokyo Museum, I get your book and tonight started to read it. From the intrudaction only, I have the feeling I knew you from long time. What you said is completelly true. I love Japan too.
When I will end from reading your book, I will comment again. Thank you

my nefew is going to japan this year june 15 with the university. I bought him your book unfortunely not the new version because is not ready yet. Witch are the new topics you are including in the new one?
could you please send me the info to my mail?

Hi Hector,

I have been reading your book ‘Ikigai’ recently, the book has taken me to a world I most desire and I feel everyone desires. I am currently into human resource field and have worked as Software engineer before. I would like to explore an opportunity where I can work in any your running or upcoming projects.

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