Japan: The Art of Living

By Amy Slyvester Katoh, Shin Kimura

Achieve perception into either glossy and jap types with this wonderful eastern inside layout book.

The eastern conventional apartment defines jap type. the japanese, even if, being a pragmatic and imaginative humans, don't so restrict themselves. They comprehend that there are occasions while the spirit breaks the limits of quiet simplicity.
In greater than three hundred attractive images of the houses of either Westerners and eastern, this publication offers the artwork of dwelling with jap sort, providing intriguing new principles and concept for all. beautiful houses within the Tokyo zone, concentrating on unique and tasty use of eastern antiques and folks crafts, are showcased. additionally incorporated is the most recent info on old markets and tricks for the place to work out the artwork of living—in galleries, cloth and craft outlets, and eating places.

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Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan

Tokugawa Japan ranks with old Athens as a society that not just tolerated, yet celebrated, male gay habit. Few students have heavily studied the topic, and earlier none have satisfactorily defined the origins of the culture or elucidated how its conventions mirrored type constitution and gender roles. Gary P. Leupp fills the space with a dynamic exam of the origins and nature of the culture. in response to a wealth of literary and historic documentation, this examine locations Tokugawa homosexuality in an international context, exploring its implications for modern debates at the historic building of sexual desire.

Combing via renowned fiction, legislations codes, non secular works, clinical treatises, biographical fabric, and inventive remedies, Leupp strains the origins of pre-Tokugawa gay traditions between clergymen and samurai, then describes the emergence of gay practices between commoners in Tokugawa towns. He argues that it used to be "nurture" instead of "nature" that accounted for such conspicuous male/male sexuality and that bisexuality was once extra general than homosexuality. certain, thorough, and extremely readable, this learn is the 1st in English or eastern to deal with so comprehensively some of the most advanced and exciting facets of jap history.

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Classical Bujutsu (Martial Arts and Ways of Japan)

By Donn F. Draeger

Advanced amid the incessant struggle of medieval Japan, bujutsu, or "martial arts," supplied the warrior with the technical and mental education that ready him to take advantage of his guns in real strive against. Classical Bujutsu emphasizes the intensely sensible nature of those martial arts. the writer describes 16 significant different types of bujutsu, using various guns and strategies.

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Hokusai (Mega Square)

Through his based brush work and masterful woodblocks, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) turned certainly one of Japan’s so much internationally-renowned artists. A grasp of ukiyo-eart, he singlehandedly remodeled the paintings shape from an easy sort fascinated with courtesans and recognized actors right into a grander kind depicting the wonderful thing about nature visible via landscapes and natural world. His sort of artwork and his matters developed as again and again as he replaced his identify, yet Hokusai’s expertise as an artist remained consistent and his influential function in later paintings pursuits resembling paintings Nouveau and Impressionism continues to be eternal.

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Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World

By John W. Dower

Historian John W. Dower’s celebrated investigations into sleek eastern historical past, global battle II, and U.S.–Japanese kinfolk have earned him severe accolades and various honors, together with the Pulitzer Prize, the nationwide e-book Award, and the Bancroft Prize. Now Dower returns to the main topics of his groundbreaking paintings, analyzing American and eastern perceptions of key moments of their shared history.

Both provocative and probing, Ways of Forgetting, methods of Remembering delves right into a variety of topics, together with the advanced function of racism on each side of the Pacific struggle, the sophistication of eastern wartime propaganda, the ways that the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is remembered in Japan, and the tale of the way the postwar research of Japan within the usa and the West used to be prompted by way of chilly struggle politics.

Ways of Forgetting, methods of Remembering bargains pressing insights through one in every of our best interpreters of the prior into how electorate of democracy may still take care of their heritage and, as Dower writes, “the have to continuously ask what's now not being asked.”

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A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower

By Kenneth G. Henshall

In an extraordinary blend of finished insurance and sustained serious concentration, this ebook examines eastern heritage in its entirety to spot the criteria underlying the nation's development to superpower. Japan's success is defined now not basically in financial phrases, yet at a extra primary point, as a fabricated from old styles of reaction to situation. Japan is proven to be a country traditionally impelled via a practical choice to be successful. The publication additionally highlights unresolved questions and little-known facts.

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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 obtainable accommodation for the evening on the backside of an enormous sand pit. but if he makes an attempt to depart the subsequent morning, he speedy discovers that the locals produce other plans. Held captive with likely no probability of get away, he's tasked with shoveling again the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to spoil the village. His basically spouse is a wierd younger girl. jointly their fates turn into intertwined as they paintings aspect by means of part at this Sisyphean activity.

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So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)

By Donald Keene

The assault on Pearl Harbor, which triggered the better East Asia conflict and its preliminary triumphs, aroused delight and a number of different feelings one of the eastern humans. but the one yr during which jap forces occupied territory from Alaska to Indonesia was once by way of 3 years of bad defeat. however, until eventually the shattering finish of the warfare, many eastern persevered to think within the invincibility in their state. yet within the diaries of famous writers—including Nagai Kafu, Takami Jun, Yamada Futaru, and Hirabayashi Taiko—and the coed Watanabe Kazuo, various doubts have been vividly, although privately, expressed.

Donald Keene, popular pupil of Japan, selects from those diaries, a few written via authors he knew good. Their revelations have been occasionally poignant, occasionally stunning to Keene. Ito Sei's fervent patriotism or even claims of racial superiority stand in stark distinction to the soft-spoken, kindly guy Keene knew. Weaving archival fabrics with own reminiscences and the intimate bills themselves, Keene reproduces the passions aroused throughout the struggle and the sharply contrasting reactions within the yr following Japan's hand over. no matter if specific or fragmentary, those entries speak the truth of fake victory and all-too-real defeat.

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Japanese Flowering Cherries

By Wybe Kuitert

Jap flowering cherries have encouraged gardeners for greater than 12 centuries. They contain either the seven wild species and the loads of varieties and cultivars recognized for hundreds of years as sato-zakura, or backyard cherries. This account covers their heritage and cultural value, clears up long-standing confusions in taxonomy and nomenclature, and provides them in all their beauty.

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After Dark (Vintage International)

By Haruki Murakami

A graceful, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo in the course of the spooky hours among nighttime and sunrise, by means of an the world over popular literary phenomenon.

Murakami's trademark humor, mental perception, and seize of spirit and morality are right here distilled with a unprecedented, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka at the Shore and The Wind-up chicken Chronicle foreign bestsellers, with a shocking infusion of middle, Murakami has produced certainly one of his such a lot captivating fictions but.

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