Occupied City

By David Peace

On January 26, 1948, a guy posing as a public future health authentic arrives at a financial institution in Tokyo.  He explains that he’s there to regard each person who could have been uncovered to a up to date outbreak of dysentery.  quickly after ingesting the drugs he administers, twelve staff are useless, 4 are subconscious, and the “official” has fled.  Twelve voices inform the tale of the homicide from various views together with a journalist, a gangster-turned-businessman, an “occult detective,” and a well known painter. every one voice enlarges and deepens the portrait of a urban and a humans making their method out of a war-induced hell.  instructed with David Peace’s brilliantly idiosyncratic and enchanting voice, Occupied City is a stunningly audacious paintings from a novel writer.

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Doctors within Borders: Profession, Ethnicity, and Modernity in Colonial Taiwan

By Ming-cheng M. Lo

This booklet explores Japan's "scientific colonialism" via a cautious examine of the altering roles of Taiwanese medical professionals lower than eastern colonial rule. via integrating person tales in keeping with interviews and archival fabrics with discussions of political and social theories, Ming-cheng Lo finds the issues of convergence for medication and politics in colonial Taiwan.

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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 competition of epic proportions among six aimless youths and 6 tough-as-nails ladies who conflict for regulate of a Tokyo local. on the outset, the younger males appear louche yet innocuous, their actions restricted to ingesting, snacking, peering at a unadorned neighbor via a window, and acting karaoke. The six "aunties" are fiercely self reliant profession 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 certain revenge. In flip, the lads buckle down, examine physics, and plot to take out their nemeses in one blast. Who knew lethal "gang struggle" can be such enjoyable? Murakami builds the clash right into a hilarious, spot-on satire of recent tradition and the tensions among the sexes and generations.

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Ryokan: Japan's Finest Spas and Inns

With over a hundred and eighty colour images and broad observation, this ebook showcases the wonderful thing about eastern lodge, or ryokan.

Featured are either outdated and new-from motels with a background relationship again one thousand years to trendy motels with the most recent amenities that still catch the spirit of outdated Japan. all of the homes has been handpicked by means of the authors for his or her powerful layout aesthetic, dedication to provider and purity in their spring waters. the images show off the inns at their most sensible, and effectively exhibit the original architectural layout of every ryokan.

Each bankruptcy starts through introducing the world surrounding the resorts and their spas, or onsen, and gives a heritage of its neighborhood heritage, tradition and traditions, in addition to the normal surroundings. The textual content presents details at the layout and improvement of every ryokan, and outlines of the vendors and their purchasers.

For these making plans a trip to an onsen, this publication presents touch info and data at the variety of rooms, kind of amenities and meals, in addition to important info on shuttle and reserving methods and no matter if English is spoken. For these enthusiastic about eastern tradition and layout, this e-book is an absolute pride.

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Institutions, Industrial Upgrading, and Economic Performance in Japan: The Flying Geese Paradigm of Catch-up Growth

By Terutomo Ozawa

Terutomo Ozawa examines Japan's as soon as celebrated post-war financial good fortune from a brand new standpoint. He applies a 'flying ducks' version of business upgrading in a rustic that continues to be catching-up, to discover the increase, fall and rebound of jap with its evolving associations and rules. The ebook brings jointly and expands upon theories constructed within the author's paintings over a long time, utilizing them as development blocks for his flying ducks version. innovations explored contain: economics of hierarchical concatenation, expanding issue incongruity, comparative virtue (or marketplace) recycling; the Ricardo - Hicksian catch of commercial creation, Smithian progress elan, triumvirate pro-trade structural transformation; wisdom construction as opposed to wisdom diversion, the price-knowledge/industry-flow mechanism 'a l. a. David Hume'; and the syndrome of institutional incongruity, and socially justifiable ethical chance as opposed to degenerative ethical possibility. The dynamic technique of business upgrading is analysed intimately, and demanding classes for either constructing and transition economies are highlighted.

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Japan: A Documentary History

By Ronald Laidlaw

An up to date and elevated variation of David Lu's acclaimed resources of eastern heritage, this compilation of basic files offers in a transparent and obtainable layout, with complete annotation and incisive remark by way of Dr. Lu, readings translated from the unique jap that hide the complete spectrum of political, financial, and diplomatic in addition to cultural and highbrow heritage in a time span that levels from Japan's mythological beginnings to the current. The earlier certainly is prologue: those records - written through eastern contemporaneous with the occasions defined - offer perception not just into the earlier but additionally into Japan's modern civilization.

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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: A Novel (Vintage International)

By Haruki Murakami

During this hyperkinetic and relentlessly creative novel, Japan’s hottest (and arguable) fiction author hurtles into the awareness of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the tip of the area draws readers right into a narrative particle accelerator during which a split-brained facts processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and numerous thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to stunning impression. What emerges is concurrently cooler than 0 and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously humorous and deeply critical meditation at the nature and makes use of of the brain.

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Selling Women: Prostitution, Markets, and the Household in Early Modern Japan (Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes)

By Amy Stanley

This booklet lines the social historical past of early sleek Japan’s intercourse exchange, from its beginnings in seventeenth-century towns to its apotheosis within the nineteenth-century nation-state. Drawing on felony codes, diaries, city registers, petitions, and felony documents, it describes how the paintings of “selling girls” remodeled groups around the archipelago. by means of concentrating on the social implications of prostitutes’ financial habit, this research bargains a brand new figuring out of the way and why ladies who paintings within the intercourse exchange are marginalized. It additionally demonstrates how the patriarchal order of the early sleek country was once undermined by means of the emergence of the industry economic system, which replaced the areas of girls of their families and the world at large.

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Spring Snow: The Sea of Fertility, 1

By Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow is the 1st novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Here we meet Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic story of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his pal, Kiyoaki Matsugae.
 
it's 1912 in Tokyo, and the airtight international of the traditional aristocracy is being breached for the 1st time by means of outsiders — wealthy provincial households unburdened by means of culture, whose funds and energy lead them to bold contenders for social and political energy. Shigekuni Honda, an aspiring attorney and his youth pal, Kiyoaki Matsugae, are the sons of 2 such households. As they arrive of age amidst the transforming into tensions among outdated and new, Kiyoaki is suffering from his simultaneous love for and loathing of the lively younger girl Ayakura Satoko. yet Kiyoaki’s actual emotions purely turn into obvious while her unexpected engagement to a royal prince exhibits him the significance of his ardour — and ends up in a love affair either doomed and inevitable.

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Kenzo Tange and the Metabolist Movement: Urban Utopias of Modern Japan

By Zhongjie Lin

Metabolism, the japanese architectural avant-garde stream of the Sixties, profoundly inspired modern structure and urbanism. This e-book specializes in the Metabolists’ utopian proposal of town and investigates the layout and political implications in their visionary making plans within the postwar society. on the root of the group’s city utopias was once a specific biotechical suggestion of town as an natural procedure. It stood towards the Modernist view of urban layout and ended in such radical layout options as marine civilization and synthetic terrains, which embodied the metabolists’ beliefs of social switch.

Tracing the evolution of Metabolism from its inception on the 1960 international layout convention to its astonishing swansong on the Osaka international Exposition in 1970, this e-book situates Metabolism within the context of Japan’s mass city reconstruction, financial miracle, and socio-political reorientation. This new learn will curiosity architectural and concrete historians, architects and all these attracted to avant-garde layout and eastern architecture.

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