by Ornella Civardi and Gavin Blair
17 Aug 2021
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.