As its title suggests, this book explains the essence of Japanese life and culture with 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 100 topics that showcase iconic symbols and their importance in Japanese life, including:
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 Japanophile's library or a fun and useful introductory guide for a first-time visitor to Japan.
About the Author: Gavin Blair has spent nearly two decades as a writer and journalist in Japan. He covers the Japanese entertainment industry for The Christian Science Monitor and The Hollywood Reporter, and reports on Japan for France 24 TV, CBC/Radio-Canada, Al Jazeera, BBC Radio and several other media outlets. He authored Giappone – La vita in zen (Zen in Japanese Culture) (NuiNui)—a visual journey through Zen's influence on all aspects of Japanese life.
Ayano Otani is a Japanese artist and author. She has exhibited her works in pencil, watercolor and paper creations throughout Asia and Europe and has also collaborated with several European fashion designers. With NuiNui she published I Bakedanuki e i fantasmi giapponesi (The Bakedanuki and the Japanese Ghosts), a fairy tale inspired by Japanese folklore.
Ornella Civardi has translated and edited the works of celebrated Japanese writers and poets, such as Yukio Mishima, Yasunari Kawabata, Junzaburo Nishiwaki and Yoko Ogawa. She has a degree in Oriental Languages and Literature from the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, with her thesis focused on Japanese literature. In 2005 she won a prestigious award, the Alcantara Prize, for her translation of Kawabata's Racconti in un palmo di mano (Palm-of-the-Hand Stories).