January 2021 Nonfiction General Titles

Japan in 100 Words: From Anime to Zen: Discover the Essential Elements of Japan Ornella Civardi, Gavin Blair, illustrated by Ayano Otani

Japan in 100 Words: From Anime to Zen: Discover the Essential Elements of Japan
Ornella Civardi, Gavin Blair, illustrated by Ayano Otani


Hardback | Aug 2021 | Tuttle Publishing | 9784805316214 | 224pp | 203x152mm | GEN | AUD$27.99

As its title suggests, this book captures the essence of Japanese life and culture in 100 key words — with insightful texts and charming images. From well-known icons like Zen, kawaii and anime to lesser-known aspects of the culture like irori and katana, Japan in 100 Words covers it all.

In this delightful book readers will learn about:

  • Fugu — The carefully prepared delicacy of poisonous blowfi sh
  • J-pop — The wildy popular musical genre
  • Karoshi — Literally translated as "death from overwork"
  • Omiai — The Japanese version of arranged marriages

Beautiful watercolour illustrations bring the culture to life — making this the perfect addition to every Japanophile's library and a fun and useful guide for first time visitors.