Hybrid Culture: Japanese Media Arts in Dialogue with the West (Leonardo Book Series)

By Yvonne Spielmann

This booklet grew out of Yvonne Spielmann's 2005--2006 and 2009 visits to Japan, the place she explored the technological and aesthetic origins of jap new-media art--which used to be recognized for pioneering interactive and digital media purposes within the Nineties. Spielmann found an important hybridity in Japan's media tradition: an inner hybridity, a mix of digital-analog connections including a non-Western improvement of modernity break away yet no longer resistant to Western media aesthetics; and exterior hybridity, produced by way of the foreign, transcultural go back and forth of aesthetic options. Spielmann describes the leading edge know-how context in Japan, within which builders, engineers, and artists collaborate, and strains the japanese fondness for precision and performance to the poetics of unobtrusiveness and element. She examines paintings by means of artists together with Masaki Fujihata, whose paintings is either officially and thematically hybrid; Seiko Mikami and Sota Ichikawa, who construct specified units for a brand new experience of human-machine interplay; Toshio Iwai, who connects conventional media kinds with computing; and Tatsuo Miyajima, who anchors his LED art in Buddhist philosophy. Spielmann perspectives hybridity as a good aesthetic value--perhaps the defining aesthetic of an international tradition. Hybridity deals a conceptual technique for contemplating the ambivalent linkages of contradictory parts; its dynamic and fluid features are neither conclusive nor express yet are supposed to stimulate fusions.

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War Memory, Nationalism and Education in Postwar Japan, 1945-2007: The Japanese History Textbook Controversy and Ienaga Saburo's Court Challenges (Routledge Contemporary Japan, Volume 20)

By Yoshiko Nozaki

The controversy over reliable state-approved heritage textbooks in Japan, which overlook or play down many episodes of Japan’s profession of neighbouring nations throughout the Asia-Pacific warfare (1931-1945), and which were challenged by means of critics who favour extra severe, peace and justice views, is going to the guts of Japan’s experience of itself as a kingdom. The measure to which Japan is prepared to confront its prior isn't just approximately background, but additionally approximately how Japan defines itself at the moment, and going ahead. This booklet examines the historical past textbook controversy in Japan. It units the talk within the context of debates approximately reminiscence, and schooling, and relating to evolving politics either inside Japan, and in Japan’s kin with its neighbours and previous colonies and international locations it invaded. It discusses particularly the struggles of Ienaga Saburo, who has made an important contributions, together with via 3 epic court cases, in demanding the authentic executive position.

Winner of the American academic examine Association 2009 notable ebook Award within the Curriculum experiences category.

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The Pearl Diver

By Jeff Talarigo

In 1948, a nineteen-year-old pearl diver's goals of spending her lifestyles combing the waters of Japan’s Inland Sea are shattered while she discovers she has leprosy. by way of legislations, she is exiled to an island leprosarium, the place she is stripped of her dignity and recommended to fail to remember her previous. Her identify is erased from her kin files, and she or he is pressured to pick a brand new one. To the 2 thousand sufferers at the island of Nagashima, she turns into omit Fuji.

Although medicinal drugs arrest the process pass over Fuji's sickness, she can't go away the colony. in its place, she turns into a caretaker to the opposite sufferers, and during the instance in their braveness, she earnings perception into the deep wellspring of energy she is going to have to reclaim her freedom. Written with precision and eloquence, The Pearl Diver is a blinding meditation on isolation and group, cruelty and compassion.

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A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance

By Andy Couturier

Raised within the tumult of Japan’s commercial powerhouse, the 11 women and men profiled during this ebook have all made the transition to sustainable, gratifying lives. they're this present day artists, philosophers, and farmers who dwell deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives could be uncomplicated, but they're surrounded via the luxuries of nature, paintings, contemplation, scrumptious nutrition, and an abundance of time. For example:

  • Atsuko Watanabe is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism whereas elevating her daughters in an outdated farmhouse
  • Akira Ito is an ex–petroleum engineer who has develop into a painter and children’s publication illustrator and explores the position of chi (life power) within the universe via paintings and music
  • Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts stylish bamboo flutes that he performs for alms within the surrounding villages
  • Jinko Kaneko is an outstanding artist and upholstery dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry eating place within the Japan Alps

By proposing the trips of those ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy Couturier indicates how we can also commute a significant course of dwelling easily, with appreciate for our groups and our average assets. once we go away in the back of the large burdens of salary hard work, debt, tension, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in a complete new manner. those jap are pioneers in a feeling; drawing on conventional japanese religious knowledge, they've got solid a brand new type of modernity, and of their good fortune is a lesson for us all: dwell a lifestyles that matters.

Andy Couturier is an essayist, poet, and writing instructor. He lived in Japan for 4 years the place he taught, used to be a journalist, and labored on environmental reasons. He lives within the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Japanese Spa Resorts

The stylish layout of the lodge and the fitting concord among jap conventional tradition and the fashionable layout suggestion during this ebook current you either sensual and mental appreciation of the prosperous spa tradition of Japan, the spa nation on this planet. With greater than fifty recognized and exotic jap motels incorporated, the publication offers exact descriptions of the scales, amenities, and the layout kinds of the japanese spa baths of every inn particularly. From the inner layout of the spacious and brilliant reception halls, the luxury ocean-front visitor rooms, and the comfortable good looks and wellbeing salons to the outside panorama layout of eastern gardens and the right situation close to the mountains or by means of a river, and particularly the individualized recuperative spa baths, all display the paintings of the japanese spa lodge grasp designers.

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Sick Joke: Cancer, Japan, and Back Again

By Glenn Deir

In poor health comic story is one quirky travelogue. Glenn Deir spent years fortunately stumbling throughout the conundrums of jap tradition. Then he received tonsil melanoma and not more fortunately stumbled during the conundrums of scientific tradition. ill comic story is a story of 2 trips informed concurrently that might make you giggle out loud. (2010-09-23)

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The Snow Empress: A Thriller (Sano Ichiro Novels)

By Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, 1699. On a moonlit evening in Ezogashima, the northernmost island of Japan, a lady is working in the course of the wooded area whilst an arrow zooms out of the darkness to strike her useless. in the meantime, a global away within the urban of Edo, the eight-year-old son of Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to energy and impression within the shogun’s courtroom, vanishes in the course of a moon-watching celebration.

            while Sano’s political rival, Lord Matsudaira, tricks that the boy might be in Ezogashima, Sano’s spouse, Reiko, insists on accompanying him at the determined trip. After an eleven-day voyage via chilly and treacherous waters, they come at Ezogashima, basically to discover that Lord Matsumae, distraught on the homicide of his mistress, is keeping the complete province hostage until eventually anyone confesses to the crime. nobody is authorized in or out of Ezogashima, and even if Matsumae tells Sano his son is there, he refuses to unencumber him.

            Sano moves a deal: he'll resolve the homicide of Matsumae’s mistress if Lord Matsumae will loose the hostages and go back their son. quickly, even if, he and Reiko locate themselves stuck up in a perilous scheme that comes with extended family war, jealous husbands, and murderous betrayal.

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The Modern Murasaki: Writing by Women of Meiji Japan (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)

The first anthology of its sort, The glossy Murasaki brings the vibrancy and wealthy mind's eye of women's writing from the Meiji interval to English-language readers. in addition to conventional prose, the editors have selected and thoroughly translated brief tales, performs, poetry, speeches, essays, and private magazine entries. chosen readings comprise writings through the general public speaker Kishida Toshiko, the dramatist Hasegawa Shigure, the short-fiction author Shimizu Shikin, the political author Tamura Toshiko, and the novelists Miyake Kaho, Higuchi Ichiyo, Tazawa Inabune, Kitada Usurai, Nogami Yaeko, and Mizuno Senko. the quantity additionally encompasses a thorough advent to every analyzing, an intensive index directory historic, social, and literary strategies, and a accomplished consultant to extra research.

The fierce tenor and impressive content material of those texts refute the preferred trust that girls of this period have been passive and silent. an essential addition to classes in women's stories and jap literature and background, The smooth Murasaki is a novel source for college kids and scholars.

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Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era

By Eiji Yoshikawa

The vintage samurai novel concerning the genuine exploits of the main recognized swordsman.

Miyamoto Musashi used to be the kid of an period while Japan was once rising from a long time of civil strife. Lured to the nice conflict of Sekigahara in 1600 through the wish of turning into a samurai-without particularly figuring out what it meant-he regains attention after the conflict to discover himself mendacity defeated, dazed and wounded between hundreds of thousands of the useless and demise. On his manner domestic, he commits a rash act, turns into a fugitive and brings lifestyles in his personal village to a standstill-until he's captured by means of a weaponless Zen monk.

The stunning Otsu, seeing in Musashi her excellent of manliness, frees him from his tortuous punishment, yet he's recaptured and imprisoned. in the course of 3 years of solitary confinement, he delves into the classics of Japan and China. while he's let loose back, he rejects the placement of samurai and for the subsequent a number of years pursues his objective relentlessly, having a look neither to left nor to correct.

Ever so slowly it dawns on him that following the best way of the Sword isn't easily an issue of discovering a objective for his brute energy. always striving to excellent his procedure, which leads him to a distinct sort of combating with swords concurrently, he travels all over the place, tough opponents of many disciplines, taking nature to be his final and severest instructor and present process the rigorous education of these who stick to the way in which. he's supremely winning in his encounters, yet within the paintings of struggle he perceives the way in which of peaceable and filthy rich governance and disciplines himself to be a true person.

He turns into a reluctant hero to a number of individuals whose lives he has touched and been touched by way of. And, unavoidably, he has to pit his ability opposed to the bare blade of his maximum rival.

Musashi is a singular within the top culture of eastern tale telling. it's a residing tale, sophisticated and creative, teeming with memorable characters, a lot of them old. Interweaving issues of unrequited love, inaccurate revenge, filial piety and absolute commitment to the way in which of the Samurai, it depicts vividly a global Westerners comprehend merely vaguely. jam-packed with gusto and humor, it has an epic caliber and common attraction.

The novel used to be made right into a three-part motion picture via Director Hiroshi Inagai. for additional information, stopover at the purchasing area.

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Understanding Japanese Society (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies)

By Joy Hendry

With the ever starting to be touch among Japan and the remainder of the area comes an more and more vital have to comprehend a society that's attention-grabbing yet nonetheless usually complicated to the outsider. during this fresh fourth version of Understanding jap Society pleasure Hendry brings the reader modern either with fresh adjustments as Japan hit the realm headlines less than the triple 2011 failures, and with underlying continuities in methods of pondering that experience matured over an extended heritage of facing overseas impacts and an unpredictable setting.

This welcome new version of Hendry’s bestselling introductory textbook presents a transparent, obtainable and readable advent to jap society which doesn't require any past wisdom of the rustic. absolutely up-to-date, revised and accelerated, the fourth version comprises new fabric on:

  • the results of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear failures of 2011
  • a renewed curiosity in politics and renowned participation
  • increased frequency of neighborhood non secular help as unemployment keeps to develop, and marriage will get later and later
  • the results of a dramatic drop within the beginning price on Japan’s schooling system
  • the carrying on with worldwide good fortune of jap animation, manga and laptop video games regardless of a shy away from overseas travel
  • the cool new Ainu, the appeal of therapeutic Okinawa, and alterations between different jap minorities
  • a new function for jap fathers in child-rearing

This publication can be priceless to all scholars learning Japan. it is going to additionally enlighten these travelers and company humans wishing to achieve an knowing of the japanese humans.

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