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70 Japanese Gestures: No Language Communication [Paperback]

By Hamiru-aqui & Aileen Chang (Translator)
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Using body parts including hands, arms, and face, offers a whimsical, yet factual, look at seventy gestures used in Japan to communicate nonverbally.

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Who needs to speak Japanese? There’s a lot you can say with traditional hand gestures and body motions that are universal as well as uniquely Japanese. This whimsical look at “the language of no language” will teach you to hurl insults, flirt, agree, excuse yourself, cross the street, and even make promises—wordlessly! (And who is that stoic guy wearing a suit in all the photos?) Finally, a way to tell someone at a loud party, “Your underwear is showing,” in four easy hand motions. This is a book for the serious student, the class clown, and the crazy guy at Akihabara Station hoping to communicate with Godzilla.

Hamiru-aqui is a Japanese artist based in Tokyo.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   158
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 4.25" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   Stone Bridge Press
ISBN  1933330015  
ISBN13  9781933330013  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hamiru-aqui is a Japanese artist based in Tokyo. She received the 2001 London International Advertising Award. Aileen Chang is a 3rd-generation Chinese born and raised in Tokyo.

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Hysterical!  Mar 22, 2008
This book is hilarious and at the same time informative! Who knew learning could be so entertaining? It has a lot of fun insights into different aspects of Japanese culture. I only wish the book was longer and went more in-depth.
Hilarious...and helpful  Jul 12, 2007
This book was funny and insightful. It makes visitors to Japan aware that much can be said through a gesture and great offense or insult as well. It's always a good idea to research any country that you are going to visit and this book brings the reader one step closer to avoiding potentially sticky situations.
Just keep your hands in your pockets.   Mar 9, 2007
I'm not sure this was a better choice than the rather terrible and strange Hungry Sailor cookbook. I did learn that the way I make a fist in my sleep is a rude gesture but I regret doing this this site promo. Instead of getting 25% off on 4 books I wanted, I got one book I liked and three that were a waste. Never again.
Amazing wealth of knowledge about Japanese culture  Dec 13, 2005
If you're a fan of the Japanese culture, then you know that communication is often full of non-verbal communication - hand gestures, body movements. Here's the way to decipher what those mean!

Written by Hamiru-aqui and translated by Aileen Chang, this brilliant book contains photos of a Japanese person doing the gesture, the name of the gesture and its full history. This is invaluable whether you read manga, watch anime, or enjoy any sort of Japanese cinema.

For example, what does it mean when a Japanese person puts a pair of fists in front of their nose, making their nose look longer? Does it mean they're telling a lie, like in Pinnochio? Hardly! It's actually representing a tengu, or Japanese demon. Tengu were known as being very conceited, so this hand gesture means you think the person you're referring to is an overly-proud person.

The book is full of not only standard hand symbols but also swears and 'dangerous hand movements', ranked by intensity. There are some hand movements you definitely do NOT want to do to a Japanese person - but you might not even realize it!

It's like the middle finger in American / British culture. That middle finger movement has a long history and immediately means something to us. To other cultures, it might not mean anything at all. Just as when we see a middle finger stuck at us we get an instant reaction, so do the Japanese get instant reactions to certain hand gestures and body movements.

This book is the key to deciphering what those movements mean, so that your enjoyment of the Japanese culture is even more complete!

Highly recommended, and very entertaining!

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