Japan

South of the Border, West of the Sun: A Novel

By Haruki Murakami

Born in 1951 in an prosperous Tokyo suburb, Hajime—beginning in Japanese—has arrived at heart age short of for nearly not anything. The postwar years have introduced him an exceptional marriage, daughters, and an enviable profession because the owner of 2 jazz golf equipment. but a nagging experience of inauthenticity approximately his good fortune threatens Hajime’s happiness. And a boyhood reminiscence of a sensible, lonely lady named Shimamoto clouds his center.
 
In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the straightforward arc of a man’s life—with its attendant rhythms of good fortune and disappointment—becomes the beautiful literary terrain of Haruki Murakami’s so much haunting paintings. while Shimamoto exhibits up one wet evening, now a panoramic attractiveness with a mystery from which she is not able to flee, the fault traces of doubt in Hajime’s quotidian lifestyles start to fall down. And the main points of stolen moments previous and present—a Nat King Cole melody, a face pressed opposed to a window, a handful of ashes drifting downriver to the sea—threaten to undo him thoroughly. wealthy, mysterious, quietly awesome, South of the Border, West of the Sun is Haruki Murakami’s wisest and such a lot compelling paintings.

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Manufacturing Modern Japanese Literature: Publishing, Prizes, and the Ascription of Literary Value (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)

Emphasizing how modes of e-book creation, promoting, and intake form rules of literary worth, Edward Mack examines the position of Japan’s publishing in defining smooth eastern literature. within the past due 19th century and early 20th, as cultural and financial energy consolidated in Tokyo, the city’s literary and publishing elites got here to dominate the dissemination and renovation of eastern literature. As Mack explains, they conferred cultural worth on specific works by means of developing prizes and multivolume anthologies that signaled literary benefit. One such anthology, the Complete Works of up to date eastern Literature (published among 1926 and 1931), supplied many readers with their first event of chosen texts distinctive as sleek jap literature. The low cost of 1 yen in keeping with quantity allowed the sequence to arrive millions of readers. An early prize for contemporary jap literature, the once a year Akutagawa Prize, first presented in 1935, turned the country’s highest-profile literary award. Mack chronicles the historical past of e-book construction and intake in Japan, displaying how advances in know-how, the growth of a marketplace for literary commodities, and the improvement of an intensive analyzing neighborhood enabled phenomena resembling the Complete Works of up to date eastern Literature and the Akutagawa Prize to fabricate the very proposal of contemporary jap literature.

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Welcome to the NHK (Novel)

By Tatsuhiko Takimoto

The unconventional that encouraged the manga and anime!Twenty-two-year-old Satou, a school dropout and aficionado of anime porn, is aware a bit secret--or at the very least he thinks he does! think it or no longer, he has stumbled upon an immense conspiracy created by means of the japanese Broadcasting corporation, N.H.K. yet regardless of struggling with the nice struggle, Satou has turn into an unemployed hikikomori--a shut-in who has withdrawn from the world.... at some point, he meets Misaki, a mysterious younger lady who invitations him to hitch her particular "project." Slowly, Satou comes out of his reclusive shell, and his hilarious trip starts off, choked with unsuitable id, Lolita complexes--and an final quest to create the best hentai video game ever!

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Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema

By David Bordwell

Over the final 20 years, Yasujiro Ozu has gained overseas attractiveness as an incredible filmmaker. Combining biographical info with discussions of the flicks' aesthetic suggestions and cultural importance, David Bordwell questions the preferred snapshot of Ozu because the conventional eastern artisan and examines the cultured nature and capabilities of his cinema.

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Bones of Contention: Animals and Religion in Contemporary Japan

Since the Nineteen Nineties the japanese puppy has grown to a trillion-yen company and estimates position the variety of pets above the variety of teenagers lower than the age of fifteen. There are among 6,000 to 8,000 companies within the eastern puppy funeral undefined, together with greater than 900 puppy cemeteries. of those approximately a hundred and twenty are operated through Buddhist temples, and Buddhist mortuary rites for pets became an institutionalized perform. In Bones of Contention, Barbara Ambros investigates what non secular and highbrow traditions developed animals as matters of spiritual rituals and the way pets were incorporated or excluded within the necral landscapes of up to date Japan.

Pet mortuary rites are logos of the continued alterations in modern eastern religions. the rise in unmarried and nuclear-family families, marriage delays for either men and women, the falling birthrate and graying of society, the occult increase of the Nineteen Eighties, the puppy growth of the Nineties, the anti-religious backlash within the wake of the 1995 Aum Shinrikyō incident―all of those and extra have contributed to Japan’s contested heritage of puppy mortuary rites. Ambros makes use of this historical past to make clear very important questions akin to: Who (or what) counts as a loved one? What forms of practices should still the country realize as non secular and therefore guard financially and legally? Is it frivolous or egocentric to maintain, pamper, or love an animal? may still people and pets be buried jointly? How do humans reconcile the deeply own grief that follows the lack of a puppy and the way do they think the afterlife of pets? And eventually, what's the prestige of animals in Japan? Bones of Contention is a e-book approximately how jap humans believe and examine pets and other forms of animals and, in flip, what pets and their humans need to let us know approximately existence and dying in Japan today.

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Twinkle Twinkle

By Kaori Ekuni

They acquired married ten days in the past. They have not had intercourse but and so they do not intend to.

As it became out, the one approach to make their mom and dad get off their backs approximately attempting to "find an individual" used to be really discovering somone--with whom to place marriage for convey. Mutsuki is stictly homosexual and has a boyfriend, whereas Shoko is a medical case of emotional instability who is in no form for a dating. they have every one present in the opposite an ideal companion for a sham marriage. because the conspirators' mom and dad comprehend in their personal kid's undesirability, yet no longer the spouse's, the union manages to thrill them. And whereas the newlyweds desire, of their personal approach, to stay fortunately ever after, they necessarily come face t o face with the truth that no marriage genuine or staged, is a fairy story.

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Language Policy in Japan: The Challenge of Change

By Nanette Gottlieb

During the last thirty years, social advancements have happened that experience resulted in a necessity for switch in language coverage in Japan. One is the rise within the variety of migrants wanting possibilities to profit jap as a moment language, the opposite is the impact of digital applied sciences at the manner eastern is written. This publication appears on the impression of those advancements on linguistic behaviour and language administration and coverage, and on the position of language ideology within the manner they've been addressed. Immigration-induced demographic alterations confront lengthy adored notions of nationwide monolingualism and technological advances in digital textual content construction have resulted in textual practices with ramifications for script use and for literacy often. The publication could be welcomed by means of researchers and pros in language coverage and administration and through these operating in jap stories.

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A Beggar's Art: Scripting Modernity in Japanese Drama, 1900-1930

By M. Cody Poulton

In the hole a long time of the 20th century in Japan, virtually each significant writer wrote performs that have been released and played. The performs have been obvious now not easily because the emergence of a brand new literary shape yet as a manifestation of modernity itself, remodeling the level right into a website for the exploration of latest principles and methods of being. A Beggar’s Art is the 1st e-book in English to ascertain the complete diversity of early twentieth-century jap drama. Accompanying his examine, M. Cody Poulton offers his translations of consultant one-act performs. Poulton seems to be on the emergence of drama as a latest literary and inventive shape and chronicles the construction of recent eastern drama as a response to either conventional (particularly kabuki) dramaturgy and eu drama. Translations and productions of the latter turned the version for the so-called New Theater (shingeki), the place the query of ways to be either sleek and eastern while used to be hotly contested.

Following introductory essays at the improvement of eastern drama from the Eighteen Eighties to the early Nineteen Thirties, are translations of 9 seminal one-act performs through 9 dramatists, together with girls, Okada Yachiyo and Hasegawa Shigure. the subject material of those performs is that of contemporary drama in every single place: discord among women and men, among mom and dad and kids, and the ensuing disintegration of marriages and households. either the bourgeoisie and the proletariat make their appearances; glossy pretensions are lampooned and glossy predicaments lamented in equivalent degree. Realism (as evidenced within the performs of Kikuchi Kan and Tanaka Chikao) prevails because the mode of modernity, yet different types are offered: the symbolism of Izumi Kyoka, Suzuki Senzaburo’s brittle melodrama, Kubota Mantaro’s minimalistic lyricism, Akita Ujaku’s politically incisive expressionism, or even a proto-absurdist paintings by means of Japan’s grasp of prewar drama, Kishida Kunio.

With its mixture of latest translations and informative and theoretically enticing essays, A Beggar’s Art will end up priceless for college students and researchers in international theater and eastern reports, fairly people with an curiosity in glossy eastern literature and culture.

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