Modern Japan: A Historical Survey

By Mikiso Hane

Integrating political occasions with cultural, financial, and highbrow pursuits, Modern Japan presents a balanced and authoritative survey of contemporary jap heritage. A precis of Japan’s early background, emphasizing associations and platforms that inspired jap society, presents a well-rounded advent to this crucial quantity, which makes a speciality of the Tokugawa interval to the present.

The 5th version of Modern Japan is up to date all through to incorporate the newest details on Japan’s diplomacy, together with mystery diplomatic correspondence lately disclosed on WikiLeaks. This variation brings eastern heritage brand new within the put up September 11 period, detailing present concerns akin to: the effect of the Gulf Wars on jap diplomacy, the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and next nuclear twist of fate, the hot tumultuous swap of political management, and Japan’s present fiscal and international prestige. An up-to-date chronological chart, checklist of major ministers, and bibliography also are included.

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A History of Japan, 1582-1941: Internal and External Worlds

By L. M. Cullen

Delivering a particular evaluate of the pressures accountable for the emergence of recent Japan, Louis Cullen rejects the normal obstacles of eastern historiography and combines monetary, social, and political ways to create a robust research. Cullen reports the japanese event of enlargement, social transition, business development, monetary hindrance and warfare, to offer an island state that may be a starting to be business strength with little notion of its around the world context.

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The Dragon King's Palace: A Novel

By Laura Joh Rowland

On a whim of the shogun’s mom, a procession has left the sweltering warmth of Edo, sure for the cooler weather of Mount Fuji. between her touring partners are Reiko, the gorgeous spouse of Sano Ichir_, the shogun’s such a lot Honorable Investigator of occasions, events, and other people; Reiko’s buddy Midori, 9 months pregnant; and girl Yanagisawa, the deranged spouse of the shogun’s robust second-in-command. None of them watch for the journey. yet their issues have simply started while their procession is stopped all of sudden on a abandoned highway. the complete retinue is viciously slaughtered and the 4 girls are sure and brought away, imprisoned by way of a mysterious kidnapper.

Sano now reveals himself confronted with an important case of his profession. The shogun calls for quickly motion, and lower than the specter of dying, Sano is compelled to paintings along with his sour enemies---Chamberlain Yanagisawa and Police Commissioner Hoshina.

The girls are in coming near near risk, and the supply of a ransom observe merely complicates matters---forcing either Sano and Reiko to take determined measures. once more, Laura Joh Rowland’s striking mixture of background and storytelling attracts us right into a luxurious and treacherous world.

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The Woman in the Dunes

The girl within the Dunes, by way of celebrated author and philosopher Kobo Abe, combines the essence of delusion, suspense and the existential novel.
After lacking the final bus domestic following an afternoon journey to the beach, an novice entomologist is on the market accommodation for the evening on the backside of an enormous sand pit. but if he makes an attempt to depart the following morning, he quick discovers that the locals produce other plans. Held captive with possible no probability of get away, he's tasked with shoveling again the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to damage the village. His merely significant other is a strange younger girl. jointly their fates turn into intertwined as they paintings part via part at this Sisyphean activity.

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The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film

By Tom Mes, Jasper Sharp

An eye-opening portrait of a colourful movie tradition, The nighttime Eye consultant to New jap Film is the main complete learn of the japanese filmmaking scene but written. Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp discover the miraculous resurgence of jap cinema, either reside motion and lively, profiling 19 modern eastern filmmakers, from the well known (Kitano, Miike, Miyazaki) to the up-and-coming (Naomi Kawase, Satoshi Kon, Shinya Tsukamoto) and reviewing ninety seven in their contemporary motion pictures. With a hundred+ pictures from in the back of and in entrance of the digicam, this can be a publication any movie lover will take pleasure in. Foreword through Hideo Nakata, director of Ring.

Tom Mes (in Paris) and Jasper Sharp (in Tokyo) co-edit Midnighteye.com, the most advantageous English-language web site on eastern cinema.

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Coin Locker Babies

By Stephen Snyder

A surreal coming-of-age story that establishes Ryu Murakami as essentially the most artistic younger writers on the earth this day.

Abandoned at beginning in adjoining teach station lockers, bothered boys spend their adolescence in an orphanage and with foster mom and dad on a semi-deserted island prior to eventually atmosphere off for town to discover and damage the ladies who first rejected them. either are interested in a space of freaks and hustlers referred to as Toxitown. One turns into a bisexual rock singer, big name of this unique demimonde, whereas the opposite, a pole vaulter, seeks his revenge within the corporation of his female friend, Anemone, a version who has switched over her house right into a tropical swamp for her puppy crocodile.

Together and aside, their trip from a scorching steel field to a gorgeous, savage climax is a brutal funhouse experience during the eerie panorama of late-twentieth-century Japan.

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Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Exceptional Beauty and Significance

By Nicholas Bornoff, Michael Freeman

Conventional eastern layout imbues items with a feeling of background and artistry that simply reaches throughout cultural obstacles. In Things eastern: daily items of outstanding good looks and Significance, writer Nicholas Bornoff and photographer Michael Freeman study over 60 conventional items which are uniquely jap, deftly illustrating their good looks and importance.

  • Beautifully crafted samurai swords
  • Elegant wood tansu chests
  • Elaborate tea rite implements
  • Exquisitely carved netsuke toggles
  • Fabulous silk-and-gold embroidered kimonos

Each merchandise is defined in loving element along attractive full-color photos that spotlight the good artistry and craftsmanship in daily goods utilized by actual humans in conventional Japan. Things Japanese is the correct publication for eastern old creditors or an individual attracted to eastern paintings and the tradition and historical past of Japan.

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Geisha in Rivalry

By Kafū Nagai, Kurt Meissner, Ralph Friedrich, Shin Misho

EPUB/PDF eISBN: 9781462900756
Original book: 1918
Original ebook (english translation): 1963
Electronic book: 2011
Book writer: Kafu Nagai
Translators: Kurt Meissner, Ralph Friedrich
Illustrations: Shin Mishio

Geisha in contention, first released in 1918, is determined opposed to the backdrop of Tokyo's Shimbashi geisha district. the tale of 3 geisha, imperious Rikiji, gaudy Kikuchiyo, and the nalve heroine Komayo, Geisha in contention follows them of their look for a spot in a global that provides no effortless direction of break out from their career. With an entire solid of shiny characters enjoying out their dramas of illicit love, shady intrigue and unrelenting competition, Geisha in contention is the sordid yet attention-grabbing story of Komayo, her fanatics, and the ladies who conspire to scouse borrow them from her.

About the Author
Kafu Nagai (1879-1959), the most effective identified and most well-liked of jap novelists in the course of the first 1/2 the 20th century, had a flexible occupation as newspaper reporter, financial institution clerk, college instructor, playwright, essayist, diarist, and lecturer on woodblock prints. He at the beginning accomplished repute as a author with stories of the United States and stories of France, items of a sojourn out of the country. The River Sumida and The Sneer are between his most interesting works. a wierd story from East of the River is mostly considered as the masterpiece of his overdue years. His works are famous for his or her depictions of lifestyles in early twentieth-century Tokyo, specifically between geisha, prostitutes, cabaret dancers, and different population of the city's full of life leisure districts.

Translator Kurt Meissner, a German businessman and an enthusiastic admirer of jap tradition, resided in Japan virtually constantly from 1906. He translated quite a few eastern literary works into his local language and was once popular for selling Japanese-German family. He was once a private buddy of Kafu Nagai. Ralph Friedrich, his collaborator, lived in Japan from 1946. He translated eastern children's books into English and authored a set of poetry. He used to be previously an editor with the Charles E. Tuttle corporation.

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Zen Masters of Japan: The Second Step East

Zen Masters of Japan is the second one ebook in a sequence that strains Zen's profoundly ancient trip because it unfold eastward from China and Japan, towards the USA. Following Zen Masters of China, this publication concentrates on Zen's major passage via Japan. extra particularly, it describes the lineage of the nice lecturers, the Zen monk pioneers who got down to enlighten an island prepared for an internal transformation in keeping with compassionate awareness.

While the present Buddhist institution in Japan met early Zen pioneers like Dogen and Eisai with fervent resistance, Zen Buddhism eventually perservered and persisted to turn into additional reworked in its passage via Japan. the japanese tradition and jap Buddhism practices extra deepened and bolstered Zen education by means of combining it with numerous esoteric contemplative arts—the arts of poetry, the tea rite, calligraphy, and archery. Zen Masters of Japan chronicles this trip with every one Zen grasp profiled. The e-book indicates how the recent practices quickly won in attractiveness between all walks of life—from the lowly peasant, delivering a desire of reincarnation and a greater existence; to the Samurai warrior because of its informal method of loss of life; to the ruling sessions, not easy the intelligentsia as a result of its scholarly roots.

A selection of Zen tales, meditation, and their knowledge, Zen Masters of Japan additionally explores the illusive country of 'No brain' completed in Japan that's so basic to Zen practices this present day.

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