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Popular Hits of the Showa Era: A Novel

From the writer of Audition, a wickedly satirical and wildly humorous story of an intergenerational conflict of the sexes.

In his so much irreverent novel but, Ryu Murakami creates a contention of epic proportions among six aimless youths and 6 tough-as-nails girls who conflict for keep an eye on of a Tokyo local. on the outset, the younger males appear louche yet innocuous, their actions constrained to consuming, snacking, peering at a unadorned neighbor via a window, and acting karaoke. The six "aunties" are fiercely self sustaining occupation ladies. while one of many boys executes a deadly ambush of 1 of the ladies, chaos ensues. the ladies band jointly to discover the killer and precise revenge. In flip, the men buckle down, research physics, and plot to take out their nemeses in one blast. Who knew lethal "gang struggle" may be such enjoyable? Murakami builds the clash right into a hilarious, spot-on satire of contemporary tradition and the tensions among the sexes and generations.

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The Gate

By Natsume S?seki

A humble clerk and his loving spouse scrape out a quiet lifestyles at the margins of late-Meiji Tokyo. Resigned, following years of exile and misfortune, to the sour results of getting married with no their families' consent, and not able to have kids in their personal, Sōsuke and Oyone locate the fragile equilibrium in their loved ones dissatisfied through a brand new legal responsibility to satisfy the academic charges of Sōsuke's brash more youthful brother. whereas an not going new friendship seems to supply a fashion out of this bind, it additionally quickly threatens to dredge up a earlier which may once more strength them to escape the capital. determined and torn, Sōsuke eventually resolves to commute to a distant Zen mountain monastery to determine if probably there, via meditation, he can have the option out of his predicament.

This relocating and deceptively uncomplicated tale, a depression story shot via with glimmers of pleasure, good looks, and mild wit, is an understated masterpiece by way of the 1st nice author of contemporary Japan. on the finish of his existence, Natsume Sōseki declared The Gate, initially released in 1910, to be his favourite between all his novels. This new translation ultimately captures the original's indirect grace and in addition corrects a variety of mistakes and omissions that marred the 1st English model.

Translated by way of William F. Sibley. creation by means of Pico Iyer.

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Hokusai (Mega Square)

Through his stylish brush work and masterful woodblocks, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) grew to become one in every of Japan’s so much internationally-renowned artists. A grasp of ukiyo-eart, he singlehandedly reworked the artwork shape from an easy variety involved in courtesans and recognized actors right into a grander kind depicting the wonderful thing about nature noticeable via landscapes and natural world. His form of paintings and his matters developed as repeatedly as he replaced his identify, yet Hokusai’s expertise as an artist remained consistent and his influential function in later artwork events comparable to paintings Nouveau and Impressionism continues to be eternal.

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Managing Women: Disciplining Labor in Modern Japan

By Elyssa Faison

At the flip of the 20 th century, Japan launched into a project to modernize its society and undefined. For the 1st time, younger jap girls have been persuaded to go away their households and input the manufacturing unit. Managing ladies focuses on Japan's interwar fabric undefined, analyzing how manufacturing facility managers, social reformers, and the nation created visions of a in particular jap femininity. Faison reveals that lady manufacturing unit employees have been developed as "women" instead of as "workers" and that this womanly perfect used to be used to improve labor-management practices, inculcate ethical and civic values, and increase a method for holding union actions and moves. In an built-in research of gender ideology and ideologies of nationalism and ethnicity, Faison exhibits how this discourse on women's salary paintings either produced and mirrored anxieties approximately women's social roles in smooth Japan.

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Importing Diversity: Inside Japan's JET Program

By David L. McConnell

In 1987, the japanese executive inaugurated the Japan alternate and instructing (JET) application in accordance with worldwide strain to "internationalize" its society. This formidable application has grown to be a massive govt operation, with an annual finances of $400 million (greater than the us NEA and NEH mixed) and greater than six thousand overseas nationals hired every year in public faculties far and wide Japan.

How does a comparatively homogeneous and insular society react whilst a buzzword is unexpectedly became a truth? How did the coming of such a lot of foreigners have an effect on Japan's academic forms? How did the foreigners themselves think upon studying that English educating used to be now not the first target of this system? during this balanced learn of the JET application, David L. McConnell attracts on ten years of ethnographic study to discover the cultural and political dynamics of internationalization in Japan. via vignettes and firsthand bills, he highlights and translates the misunderstandings of the early years of this system, strains the tradition clashes in any respect degrees of the paperwork, and speculates on what classes the JET application holds for different multicultural initiatives.

This attention-grabbing book's jargon-free kind and interdisciplinary procedure will make it beautiful to educators, coverage analysts, scholars of Japan, and potential and previous JET participants.

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Japan at Nature's Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power

Japan at Nature’s Edge is a well timed number of essays that explores the connection among Japan’s historical past, tradition, and actual atmosphere. It vastly expands the focal point of past paintings on jap modernization by means of reading Japan’s position in international environmental transformation and the way jap principles have formed our bodies and landscapes over the centuries. The immediacy of Earth’s environmental quandary, a crisis highlighted through Japan’s March 2011 catastrophe, brings a feeling of urgency to the research of Japan and its international connections.

The paintings is an environmental historical past within the broadest experience of the time period since it includes writing by means of environmental anthropologists, a mythical jap economist, and students of jap literature and tradition. The editors have introduced jointly an unheard of assemblage of a few of the best students within the box who, instead of deal with it in isolation or as a distinct cultural group, search to attach Japan to international environmental currents resembling whaling, international fisheries, climbing and technological know-how, mining and business pollutants, and family members with nonhuman animals.

The participants assert the significance of our environment in knowing Japan’s heritage and suggest a brand new stability among nature and tradition, one weighted even more seriously at the part of traditional legacies. This technique doesn't tradition. in its place, it means that the japanese event of nature, like that of all people, is a fancy and intimate negotiation among the actual and cultural worlds.

Contributors: Daniel P. Aldrich, Jakobina Arch, Andrew Bernstein, Philip C. Brown, Timothy S. George, Jeffrey E. Hanes, David L. Howell, Federico Marcon, Christine L. Marran, Ian Jared Miller, Micah Muscolino, Ken’ichi Miyamoto, Sara B. Pritchard, Julia Adeney Thomas, Karen Thornber, William M. Tsutsui, Brett L. Walker, Takehiro Watanabe.

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Slaughter at Sea: The Story of Japan's Naval War Crimes

By Mark Felton

Even the main a professional reader may be stunned by means of the level of the crimes dedicated opposed to servicemen and civilians printed during this chilling new examine. From the usual execution of POWs to the abandonment of survivors, Mark Felton takes a close examine this darkish bankruptcy within the background of the japanese military in international warfare II. ahead of this account, jap warfare crimes at sea have obtained rather little consciousness in comparison to assurance of the japanese army's barbaric behavior. Written through an established resident of the some distance East, this new paintings takes under consideration the tradition that ended in such appalling atrocities. Upon book within the united kingdom, the publication drew significant information coverage.

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Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989: The Emergence of the World's Greatest City; Two Volumes in One: LOW CITY, HIGH CITY and TOKYO RISING (Tuttle Classics)

By Edward Seidensticker

"These volumes by means of Edward Seidensticker could be the envy of each college press…desirable interpreting for newbie historians and travelers alike."—Thomas Stanley, Director of stroll Japan Limited

There might be few towns on this planet that stay, pulsate, and breathe via their geography as Tokyo does, few towns with a historical past that shifts throughout the creases of house as does that of Tokyo. this can be rather ironic in a urban whose neighborhoods at the present time carry few detailed good points and whose mild topography has been all yet obscured by way of batteries of establishing. however it used to be no longer continuously so, and what higher approach is there of writing Tokyo's background than via reflecting this moving geography as neighborhoods prospered and declined whereas others, extra aspirational, climbed up the socio–spacial ladder? this can be accurately what Edward Seidensticker does within the pages of those books, introduced jointly the following jointly for the 1st time below one hide with a variety of illustrations and an insert of superbly coloured eastern woodblock prints of Tokyo from the period.

Tokyo: From Edo to Showa tells the tale and historical past of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an remoted Japan to at least one of the main well known sleek towns on the planet. With a similar scholarship and elegance that received him admiration as one of many most efficient translators of eastern literature, Seidensticker deals the reader his personal really good photo of an entire society by surprise rising into the fashionable global. by way of turns elegiac and humorous, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is a vital cultural background of Asia's maximum urban.

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Inequality in the Workplace: Labor Market Reform in Japan and Korea

By Jiyeoun Song

The previous a number of many years have obvious common reform of work markets throughout complex business nations, yet many of the latest examine on activity protection, salary bargaining, and social security relies at the event of the USA and Western Europe. In Inequality within the Workplace, Jiyeoun music specializes in South Korea and Japan, that have complex exertions industry reform and faced the quick upward thrust of a break up in hard work markets among safe typical employees and underprotected and underpaid nonregular staff. the 2 nations have applied very various thoughts based on the strain to extend exertions marketplace flexibility in the course of fiscal downturns. eastern coverage makers, music unearths, have comfortable the foundations and rules governing employment and dealing stipulations for part-time, transitority, and fixed-term agreement staff whereas preserving broad protections for full-time everlasting staff. In Korea, in contrast, politicians have weakened employment protections for all different types of workers.

In her entire survey of the politics of work industry reform in East Asia, track argues that institutional gains of the exertions industry form the nationwide trajectory of reform. extra in particular, she indicates how the institutional features of the employment safeguard process and commercial kinfolk, together with the dimensions and energy of work unions, verify the alternative among liberalization for the nonregular staff and liberalization for all in addition to the measure of work marketplace inequality within the technique of reform.

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