Erotic Grotesque Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times

This heritage of jap mass tradition through the a long time previous Pearl Harbor argues that the recent gestures, dating, and humor of ero-guro-nansensu (erotic ugly nonsense) expressed a self-consciously smooth ethos that challenged kingdom ideology and expansionism. Miriam Silverberg makes use of resources equivalent to motion picture magazines, ethnographies of the homeless, and the main well-known photos from this period to seize the spirit, textures, and language of a time while the media reached all periods, connecting the agricultural social order to city mores. making use of the concept that of montage as a metaphor that educated the association of eastern mass tradition throughout the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, Silverberg demanding situations the erasure of eastern colonialism and its legacies. She conjures up bright pictures from lifestyle throughout the Twenties and Thirties, together with information about nutrition, housing, type, modes of renowned leisure, and attitudes towards sexuality. Her cutting edge examine demonstrates how new public areas, new relationships in the kin, and an ironic sensibility expressed the perspective of jap shoppers who pointed out with the fashionable as supplying a sophisticated holiday from culture whilst that they mobilized for war.

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Japan, a View from the Bath

By Scott Clark

"Clark's chapters at the value of bathing in jap mythology and the historic improvement of communal bathing offer an exceptional point of view from which to view sleek practices." --Daily Yomiuri

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Japan: A 365 Day History

By Ben Stevens

From the Bestselling writer of THE ENNIN MYSTERIES and 神風 (小説)

An 'On this day', 240+ web page consultant to the heritage of a desirable nation.

THE quantity number 1 BESTSELLER ON AMAZON JP

Over 365 key occasions are documented, together with well-known births, deaths, battles, crimes, discoveries, scandals, innovations, speeches, artists, arrests, failures and masses more.

Includes the mythical tale of THE forty seven RONIN, now a success motion picture starring Keanu Reeves.

Ideal for somebody with an curiosity in Japanese/oriental historical past - historical to modern.

From the writer of A GAIJIN'S advisor TO JAPAN (HarperCollins).

神風 (小説) 

ベン スティーブンズ、 小西みゆき

もし、命が明日までだと決められてしまったら、あなたは今日をどのように生きますか?

内容紹介

第二次世界大戦中、終戦間際の特攻隊二人の物語。日本の敗戦を確信しながらも、若者は死ななくてはならない。明日、アメリカ艦隊への特攻に出陣する兵士の生き様とその思い。

一体、僕は何のために死ぬんだ?日本はもう負けているのに、なぜ死ななくてはならないのか。

主人公 林武則は読まれることはないと知りながらも、家族へ向けて手紙を書く。

父さん、精神的にも肉体的にも耐えられない拷問を受け続け、十代という若さで国家のために死なねばならぬという、その事実を受け入れるしかないのです。

でも、父さん。僕は母さんと葉奈子のために死のう。日本国にいる全ての女の人を守るために死のう。そして、父さんのために死のう。父さんは、僕の父さんだから。もし僕がアメリカ戦艦を一隻でも爆破して、たくさんのアメリカ兵を負傷させ殺すことができたら、そしたら、日本を侵略するアメリカ戦艦を一隻、侵入してくるであろうアメリカ兵を一人でも減らすことができるんだ。

なぜ、この時代に生まれたんだろう。五十年前だって、五十年先だってよかったじゃないか。なぜ今なんだ?憎むべきものを、僕は憎めない。愛し、尽くすべきものを、僕は愛せない…

死と直面するそのとき、二人がとった行動とは……

作者からのコメント(-はじめに-から)

イギリス人の僕に特攻隊の話を書く資格があったのだろうか。神風特攻隊について書くほど、僕は何を持ち合わせているだろう。

Kamikaze diaryという本がこの小説をかくきっかけを与えてくれた。主人公、林と自分自身を重ね、林と同じ状況に立ってみる。彼は何を想い、考えていたであろうか。

執筆は辛く、一つの場面を書き終えるたびに中断した。長い歳月をかけて小説は完成した。これは死ななくてはならない二人の男の話である。ただ二人だけの話だが、それがこの物語の全てだ。日本に住んで十三年になる。その年月があり、この小説がより現実味を帯びたものになっていると信じている。

翻訳者からのコメント

経済的、政治的に安定している国に暮らしている人々にとって、時として生きることは当たり前のように感じるものと思います。明日が確実に来ることも、当然のことだと。でも、生き延びることが当たり前ではない時代があり、今も生きることが当たり前ではない場所がある。

主人公、林の心の葛藤、思いを通して、読んでいただいた皆様に、今日一日の大切さを見出せるような一冊になるよう願っております。

著者紹介

ベン・スティーブンズ

一九七六年、英国ロンドン生まれ。長崎在住。これまで百冊以上の小説を執筆している。「神風」は翻訳された初めての彼の作品となる。

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

By Haruki Murakami

A New York Times and Washington Post awesome publication, and one among the Financial instances, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The day-by-day Beast, and BookPage's most sensible books of the year

An rapid no 1 New York Times Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the extraordinary tale of a tender guy haunted by means of an exceptional loss; of goals and nightmares that experience accidental results for the area round us; and of a trip into the previous that's essential to mend the current. the following Haruki Murakami—one of the main respected voices in literature today—gives us a narrative of affection, friend­ship, and heartbreak for the ages.

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Japanese Management in Change: The Impact of Globalization and Market Principles

Following the burst of the "economic bubble" within the Nineteen Nineties, many eastern businesses have been required to reform their administration platforms. alterations in company governance have been commonly mentioned in the course of that decade in reviews on "Japanese management." those discussions have ended in little development, besides the fact that, in view that Americanization turned the dominant discourse relating governance and the administration process. there were few reviews performed from an instructional perspective at the inner facets of agencies that perform conventional eastern administration concept. This booklet examines how, and the measure to which, the advance of marketplace rules accompanying the advances of globalization has affected the normal eastern approach. It specializes in 4 facets of company administration: administration associations, process, association, and human source administration. The aggregation of the hot administration process in jap businesses is considered a particular Japanese-style procedure of administration. With emphasis on those 4 points, examine was once performed at the simple constitution of that method, following alterations out there, expertise, and society. additional, particular capabilities of the fundamental constitution of the Japanese-style administration process have been studied. these findings are integrated right here, in addition to a dialogue and research of the course of destiny adjustments.

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Accelerating Japan's Economic Growth: Resolving Japan's Growth Controversy (Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia)

The jap economic climate is starting to convey indicators of restoration after years of stagnation/deflation, yet many eastern policymakers warn that this fiscal development can be gradual: slower than within the usa and definitely slower than in different East Asian nations. Japan faces major monetary difficulties, together with an getting older inhabitants, a wide monetary deficit, and the necessity to comply with the IT economic system and to festival with the remainder of East Asia. A sluggish development situation may enormously decrease possibilities for brand new effective funding and could make it more and more tricky to supply for Japan's growing to be social wishes.

The authors of this ebook argue that Japan can and will develop extra swiftly, and consider the explanations for the gradual functionality of the japanese financial system. for instance, a few jap monetary sectors, really in distribution and finance, have didn't benefit from new details and communications expertise to speed up the expansion of productiveness, as has occurred in different international locations, corresponding to the U.S.. creation functionality reviews and econometric version simulations recommend that with applicable rules the japanese financial system can develop extra swiftly and care for its destiny difficulties. The publication posits a few coverage proposals which might aid to speed up Japan's fiscal growth

This booklet should be of curiosity to scholars of the japanese economic climate, macroeconomics and overseas economies, and in addition to policymakers and pros attracted to Japan’s economic climate.

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Asian Pickles: Japan: Recipes for Japanese Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Tsukemono

By Karen Solomon

A DIY consultant to creating the salty, candy, tangy, and infrequently highly spiced pickles of Japan, that includes sixteen recipes for normal tsukemono in addition to new favorites with cutting edge parts and techniques.

For Asian nutrition aficionados and preservers and picklers searching for new frontiers, the traditional standout is Japan's various array of pickled items and leading edge style pairings that wow the palate. In Asian Pickles: Japan, revered cookbook writer and culinary undertaking maven Karen Solomon introduces readers to the original components utilized in eastern pickle-making, resembling koji rice, fermented rice bran, shiso leaf, miso, soy sauce, and various different options past the elemental vinegar brine. And for the beginner pickler, Solomon additionally incorporates a gigantic array of speedy pickles with easily-accessible constituents. that includes the main sought-after jap pickle recipes--including Pickled Ginger, Umeboshi, and more--plus appealing images, Asian Pickles: Japan may help you discover a brand new keeping horizon with fail-proof directions and extra resources.

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Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire

“Japan's popular culture, as soon as believed unexportable, is now hitting the seashores of alternative countries like a tsunami. In North the US, younger enthusiasts devour titanic quantities of manga and anime, whereas teachers more and more learn the full J-pop phenomenon to appreciate it. One group has ardour whereas the opposite has self-discipline, and what has been missing is a bridge among the 2. Mechademia is the bridge, and with a reputation like that, how can one pass wrong?  So why wait? Hop on your tremendous cellular go well with and stomp all the way down to the neighborhood actual or digital book shop to buy a replica correct now!” —Frederik L. Schodt, writer of Manga! Manga! the area of eastern Comics

 

Networks of Desire—the moment quantity within the Mechademia sequence, an annual discussion board dedicated to severe and inventive paintings on eastern anime, manga, and the fan cultures that experience coalesced round them—explores the types of wish that constitution and impression a lot of up to date anime and manga in manifestations that variety from the explicitly sexual to extra sublimated textual content and imagery. gathering unique essays by means of students, artists, and lovers, Networks of wish considers key concerns at play in a eastern society more and more doubtful of its position in a globalized international: from idealized representations of same-sex hope in such shôjo manga (girls’s comics) because the Rose of Versailles, to fan fiction encouraged by means of the gender-switching manga Ranma ½, to wish in otaku communities.

 

Deftly weaving jointly hope and discourse, Mechademia 2 illuminates the techno-carnal fantasies, animalistic intake, political nostalgia, and existential starvation underlying the most well-liked and influential expressions of eastern pop culture today.

Contributors: Brent Allison, U of Georgia; Meredith Suzanne Hahn Aquila; Hiroki Azuma; William L. Benzon; Christopher Bolton, Williams university; Martha Cornog; Patrick Drazen; Marc Hairston, U of Texas, Dallas; Mari Kotani; Shu Kuge, Penn nation U; Margherita lengthy, U of California, Riverside; Daisuke Miyao; Hiromi Mizuno, U of Minnesota; Mariana Ortega; Timothy Perper; Eron Rauch; Trina Robbins; Brian Ruh, Indiana U; Deborah Shamoon, U of Notre Dame; Masami Toku, California kingdom U, Chico; Keith Vincent, NYU.

Frenchy Lunning is professor of liberal arts on the Minneapolis collage of paintings and layout and editor of Mechademia 1: rising Worlds of Anime and Manga (Minnesota, 2006).

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The Diary of Lady Murasaki (Japanese Edition)

The Diary of woman Murasaki documents the lifestyle of the Heian period lady-in-waiting and author, Murasaki Shikibu, writer of the story of Genji. probably written among 1008 and 1010, the most important section of the diary involves descriptive passages of the beginning of Empress Shoshi's (Akiko) youngsters. Shorter vignettes chronicle the author's existence on the Imperial courtroom, interactions among imperial ladies-in-waiting and with court docket writers equivalent to Izumi Shikibu, Akazome Emon and Sei Shonagon. The paintings was once written in kana, then a newly constructed writing approach that introduced vernacular jap from a spoken language to a written language.

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Japanese working class lives: an ethnographic study of factory workers

By James E.Roberson

This ethnographic learn examines the lives of eastern staff in small businesses and research their studies of operating lifestyles, relaxation and schooling. This specified case examine of the Shintani Metals corporation illustrates the ways that staff lives expand past their work.
Japanese operating category Lives offers a worthy replacement view of operating lifestyles open air the big enterprises. Roberson demonstrates that the japanese operating category is extra various than Western stereotypes of be-suited salary-men might recommend.

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