Japan

Japanese Castles AD 250-1540 (Fortress)

By Stephen Turnbull

Renowned specialist Stephen Turnbull examines the castles inbuilt Japan, from the 1st primitive fortifications within the Yayoi interval (300 BC-AD 250) via to the 1st right castles which started to be constructed with the increase to energy of the Yamato courtroom, the 1st emperors of Japan in round advert 250. analyzing the shut ties that early jap dynasties needed to either China and Korea, Turnbull assesses how eastern protective structure betrays those influences.

Also tested is the impact that the terrain in Japan had on fortifications - from the early reliance on earthworks and palisades and the advance of wood and earth castles, usually sited at the best of the mountains, into extra complex stone buildings within the fifteenth century. ultimately, the emergence of the stone towers which are so attribute of samurai is investigated, as is the slow variation of jap castles to deal with the creation of firearms. With formerly unpublished pictures from the author's inner most assortment and full-color paintings, together with precise cutaways, this is often a necessary advisor to the interesting improvement of jap castles.

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Modern Japan: A Social and Political History (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies)

This completely revised and up to date 3rd variation of Modern Japan presents a concise and engaging creation to the social, cultural and political historical past of recent Japan. starting from the Tokugawa interval to the current day, Tipton hyperlinks daily lives with significant ancient advancements, charting the country’s evolution right into a modernized, monetary and political international power.

Drawing at the most modern learn, the ebook positive factors new fabric at the worldwide monetary difficulty, the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and carrying on with political instability. whereas keeping research of women's concerns, minorities and pop culture, this 3rd edition's accelerated insurance of Japan's function within the moment global conflict, lifestyles within the empire and the heritage of technology, medication and know-how contributes to a feeling of the complexity and variety of contemporary Japan.

Including an up-to-date chronology, word list and consultant to additional examining, in addition to new maps and illustrations to aid scholars to interact without delay with the subject material, this hugely available and complete textbook is a vital source for college kids, students and academics of jap heritage, politics, tradition and society.

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Envisioning the Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production

By Haruo Shirane

Bringing jointly students from internationally, Haruo Shirane provides a desirable portrait of The story of Genji's reception and replica over the last thousand years. The essays learn the canonization of the paintings from the overdue Heian in the course of the medieval, Edo, Meiji, Taisho, Showa, and Heisei classes, revealing its profound impact on numerous genres and fields, together with sleek country development. in addition they give some thought to parody, pastiche, and new version of the textual content in a variety of renowned and mass media. because the Genji used to be written by way of a lady for girl readers, individuals additionally soak up the difficulty of gender and cultural authority, the novel's functionality as an emblem of Heian court docket tradition and as a major software in women's schooling. during the quantity, students speak about achievements in visualization, from monitor portray and woodblock prints to manga and anime. taking on such recurrent topics as cultural nostalgia, eroticism, and gender, this e-book is the main accomplished historical past of the reception of The story of Genji so far, either within the kingdom of its starting place and during the world.

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Parade (Vintage Contemporaries)

In a crowded two-bedroom condo in Tokyo, 4 jap twenty-somethings are watching for their lives to start. they've got come from in every single place Japan, bringing with them desires of luck and romance, yet lifestyles isn’t precisely going as deliberate. Kotomi waits by way of the telephone for a boyfriend who by no means calls, Ryosuke is snoozing along with his most sensible friend’s female friend, and Mirai’s consuming has turn into a major challenge. merely Naoki, an aspiring filmmaker and the glue that retains all of them jointly, appears to be like on track. in the meantime, their round the corner acquaintances are as much as anything suspicious, and a mysterious attacker is terrorizing the local.

while a homeless teen by surprise looks, his arrival units off a series of occasions that may deliver to gentle darkish secrets and techniques the tenants of Apt. 401 have saved from one another—and from themselves. Parade—from Shuichi Yoshida (“Japan’s Stieg Larsson” —The Wall highway Journal), the wildly renowned writer of Villain—is a surprising tale of existence within the huge urban.

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The Heike Story: A Modern Translation of the Classic Tale of Love and War (Tuttle Classics)

By Eiji Yoshikawa

Kyoto within the 12th century used to be an impressive urban, yet crime, disease, and lust have been rampant. the folk have been abused by way of the the Aristocracy, whereas the armed Buddhist priests terrorized courtroom and commoner alike. In melancholy, the Emperor known as upon the Heike and Genji clans to quell civil disturbances. even supposing the clans succeeded, they quarreled over the spoils of struggle and plunged the rustic right into a century of warfare.This novel describes the increase to strength of Kiyomori of the Heike extended family in this turbulent time. From a early life sunk in poverty, Kiyomori finally rose to turn into the Emperor's leader Councillor. even though he used to be a gradual, enlightened guy, he left a path of bloodshed and break in his wake. The unusual twists of Kiyomori's destiny are the middle of this epic novel.The Heike Story is a latest translation of a jap vintage. Its unique surroundings, narrative energy, pageantry, and poetry will enthrall English readers and supply an exciting advent to a massive resource of eastern culture.

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Utamaro (Temporis)

If sensuality had a reputation, it'd be certainly Utamaro. Delicately underlining the backyard of Pleasures that when constituted Edo, Utamaro, by way of the richness of his materials, the lengthy necks of swans, the mysterious appears to be like, evoke in a number of traces the sensual excitement of the Orient.

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The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian In)

By Federico Marcon

Between the early 17th and the mid-nineteenth century, the sphere of normal background in Japan separated itself from the self-discipline of drugs, produced wisdom that wondered the normal spiritual and philosophical understandings of the area, built right into a approach (called honzogaku) that rivaled Western technology in complexity—and then possible disappeared. Or did it? In The wisdom of Nature and the character of information in Early sleek Japan, Federico Marcon recounts how eastern students built a cosmopolitan self-discipline of average historical past analogous to Europe’s yet created independently, with no direct impression, and argues convincingly that jap average heritage succumbed to Western technology no longer as a result of suppression and substitution, as students regularly have contended, yet via model and transformation.
           
the 1st book-length English-language learn dedicated to the real box of honzogaku, The wisdom of Nature and the character of information in Early glossy Japan will be a necessary textual content for historians of eastern and East Asian technological know-how, and a desirable learn for a person drawn to the improvement of technological know-how within the early smooth era.

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Hitching Rides with Buddha: Travels in Search of Japan

By Will Ferguson

Initially released as Hokkaido road Blues, with restricted distribution in Canada, Will Ferguson’s vintage ebook approximately Japan, for all lovers of the bestselling Beauty assistance from Moose Jaw.

With a similar fervour they've got for outlandish online game exhibits and tiny devices, the japanese move nuts each one spring while the cherry blossoms sweep from island to island in the direction of the country’s northerly tip. Will Ferguson used to be celebrating the development within the common model. And after approach an excessive amount of sake he introduced he could be the first individual in recorded heritage to stick to the blossom’s growth finish to finish. To make it a problem worthy doing, he’d hitchhike the entire approach: counting on the kindness of a few very strange strangers.

Mixing his penchant for biting statement with depraved humour, Ferguson begins on the southernmost tip of Cape Sata and heads north for far-off Hokkaido. no matter if he's doing the forbidden and never understanding it, or retaining "conversations by means of non sequitur," it's a trip filled with misadventures and revelations. The ensuing travelogue is without doubt one of the funniest and so much illuminating books ever written approximately Japan.

To make issues worse, i made a decision to hitchhike. amazing a heroic stance, I declared my purpose to my jap associates to develop into the 1st individual ever to hitchhike the size of Japan, end-to-end, cape-to-cape, sea-to-sea. This didn't provoke them up to I had hoped.

“Why could you need to do that?” they requested, certainly wondered. “There is not any cause to hitchhike. That’s why we equipped the Bullet Train.”

Others frightened approximately my protection. “But,” i might argue, “Japan is a really secure nation, is it not?”

“Oh, convinced. Very secure. most secure within the world.”

“So why shouldn’t I hitchhike?”

“Because Japan is dangerous.”

And so on.

Now, i'll admit that mooching rides throughout Japan isn't an important fulfillment — I suggest, it’s unlike I paddled up the Amazon or came across insulin or whatever — yet i'm the 1st individual ever to do that, so permit me my hubris.

When I left my domestic in Minamata urban aboard a southbound teach, I felt certainly daring with my backpack and muscular thumb.

“I’m going to hitchhike the size of Japan,” I advised the fellow beside me.

He smiled and nodded.

“I’m going to persist with the cherry blossoms.”

He nodded.

“All the right way to Russia,” I said.

He smiled back, and shortly after replaced seats.
—from Hitching Rides with Buddha

From the Hardcover edition.

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Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction

Japan is arguably modern day such a lot winning commercial economic system, combining nearly remarkable affluence with social balance and obvious concord. eastern items and cultural products--from lively videos and computing device video games to automobiles, semiconductors, and administration techniques--are fed on around the globe. in lots of methods, Japan is an icon of the trendy international, and but it continues to be whatever of an enigma to many, who see it as a complicated montage of the alien and the common, the traditional and glossy. This Very brief Introduction explodes the myths and explores the truth of contemporary Japan, delivering a concise, attractive, and available examine the historical past, economic system, politics, and tradition of this interesting country. It examines what the time period "modern" ability to the japanese, debunks the concept that Japan went via a interval of overall isolation from the realm, and explores the continuity among pre- and post-war Japan. somebody thinking about this fascinating nation will discover a wealth of perception and data in those pages.

About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions supply an advent to a couple of life's finest issues. Written via specialists for the newcomer, they exhibit the best modern pondering the imperative difficulties and concerns in countless numbers of key issues, from philosophy to Freud, quantum idea to Islam

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Contemporary Government Reform in Japan: The Dual State in Flux

This ebook examines numerous significant reforms in Japan - within the postal company, transportation, telecommunications and expertise - and evaluates the impression of those alterations because the early Nineteen Eighties. Conceptually, the ebook offers the twin nation as being a basic characteristic of the japanese political economic climate that determines govt reform dynamics.

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