A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower

In an extraordinary mixture of entire assurance and sustained severe concentration, this booklet examines Japan's development via its whole heritage to its present prestige as an financial, technological, and cultural superpower. A key issue is a realistic selection to be triumphant. Little-known evidence also are delivered to mild, and the most recent findings used.

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Vibrator: A Novel

By Mari Akasaka

Rei Hayakawa, a lonely, bulimic freelance author with a ingesting challenge, wanders right into a comfort shop. She's swaddled in her coat and shawl, whereas her recommendations – of alienation, of starvation, of the necessity for gin and white wine – glide in through stream-of-consciousness. A trucker named Okabe walks in, intentionally grazes her at the back of, and while, Rei's cellular phone, set on vibrate, is going off over her center. Rei hastily will get into Okabe's truck with him – and remains. all of sudden she reveals herself embarking on a highway trip around the wintry panorama of Japan with an entire, and doubtless harmful, stranger. Can the actual courting that develops among them provide Rei what she wishes, and will she ever unfastened herself from her self-destructive trends? either events are wounded, guarded and far-off — can they learn how to belief one another? writer Mari Akasaka brings her trademark wordplay and vibrant imagery to this compelling tale of an not going pairing set opposed to the grim backdrop of Japan’s highways. tailored for the reveal in 2003, Vibrator has additionally been made right into a film.

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Black Lotus (Sano Ichiro Novels)

By Laura Joh Rowland

When veteran samurai-detective Sano Ichiro, the main Honorable Investigator of occasions, occasions, and folks, is named directly to examine the burning of a cottage belonging to the Black Lotus Temple, he makes a stunning discovery. the 3 sufferer of the blaze didn't die within the hearth, yet have been brutally murdered sooner than the hearth even started. With a triple murder on his arms, Sano's look for a killer leads him to Haru, an orphan woman came upon on the scene of the crime. yet Sano's spouse, Reiko, investigating the case opposed to Sano's needs, is confident of Haru's innocence. Reiko's research leads her at the back of the partitions of the Black Lotus Temple, the place she discovers a sect occupied with extortion, prostitution, and hedonistic rituals. may perhaps one of many sect's contributors be the killer? Now Reiko needs to danger her marriage to Sano so as to turn out Haru's innocence...

Set within the luscious finery of the samurai courtroom of medieval Japan, this most modern installment within the bestselling sequence by way of Laura Joh Rowland is stuffed with surprising shocked and suspense as readers are once more allowed entry into the realm of Sano Ichiro.

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Mark Twain in Japan: The Cultural Reception of an American Icon

By Tsuyoshi Ishihara

Most sensible identified for his sharp wit and his portrayals of lifestyles alongside the banks of the Mississippi River, Mark Twain is certainly an American icon, and plenty of students have tested how he and his paintings are perceived within the usa. In Mark Twain in Japan, despite the fact that, Tsuyoshi Ishihara explores how Twain’s uniquely American paintings is seen in a very assorted culture.

Mark Twain in Japan addresses 3 imperative parts. First, the writer considers jap translations of Twain’s books, that have been neglected by means of students yet that have had an important effect at the formation of the general public photograph of Twain and his works in Japan. moment, he discusses the ways that conventional and modern eastern tradition have remodeled Twain’s originals and formed jap diversifications. ultimately, he makes use of the instance of Twain in Japan as a motor vehicle to delve into the complexity of yankee cultural impacts on different international locations, hard the simplistic one-way version of “cultural imperialism.” Ishihara builds at the contemporary paintings of different researchers who've tested such types of yank cultural imperialism and located them in need of. the truth is that different nations occasionally exhibit their autonomy by means of remodeling, distorting, and rejecting points of yankee tradition, and Ishihara explains how this is often no much less actual in relation to Twain.

Featuring a wealth of data on how the japanese have seemed Twain over the years, this ebook deals either a background lesson on Japanese-American relatives and a radical research of the “Japanization” of Mark Twain, as Ishihara provides his voice to the transforming into overseas refrain of students who emphasize the worldwide localization of yankee tradition. whereas the booklet will certainly be of curiosity to Twain students, it will also entice different teams, fairly these attracted to pop culture, jap tradition, juvenile literature, movie, animation, and globalization of yankee tradition.

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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 sleek Murasaki brings the vibrancy and wealthy mind's eye of women's writing from the Meiji interval to English-language readers. besides conventional prose, the editors have selected and thoroughly translated brief tales, performs, poetry, speeches, essays, and private magazine entries. chosen readings comprise writings by way of 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 amount additionally encompasses a thorough creation to every analyzing, an in depth index directory ancient, social, and literary techniques, and a finished advisor 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. a necessary addition to classes in women's stories and jap literature and heritage, The sleek Murasaki is a unique source for college kids and scholars.

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Courtesan and the Samurai

By Lesley Downer

Japan, 1868: the final shogun has been defeated, the age of the emperors is set to start - and in Japan's frozen north a diehard band of loyalists plans a determined final stand. Hana is simply seventeen while her husband is going to conflict, leaving her on my own and extremely susceptible.

When enemy infantrymen assault her condominium she flees for her lifestyles around the shattered urban of Tokyo and takes shelter within the Yoshiwara, its well-known excitement region. There she is offered right into a brothel and compelled to coach as a courtesan. Yozo, a traveler, adventurer and tremendous swordsman, returns to Japan after six years within the Victorian West to find that the area he left in the back of him has been destroyed. vacationing north to affix his insurgent comrades, he's captured in the course of their ultimate conflict. Escaping, he makes his means south to the one position the place a guy is past the achieve of the legislation - the Yoshiwara.

There within the Nightless urban the place 3 thousand courtesans mingle with geishas and jesters, the battered fugitive meets the gorgeous courtesan. yet every one has a mystery so bad that when printed it's going to threaten not just their union - yet their very lives...

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Sources of Japanese Tradition, Volume 1 (2nd Edition)

By Donald Keene, Ryusaku Tsunoda, William Theodore de Bary

Resources of jap culture is a best-selling vintage, unmatched for its big variety of resource readings on background, society, politics, schooling, philosophy, and faith within the Land of the emerging sunlight. during this long-awaited moment variation, the editors have revised or retranslated lots of the texts within the unique 1958 variation, and further an excellent many choices no longer integrated or translated sooner than. they've got additionally restructured quantity 1 to span the interval from the early jap chronicles to the top of the 16th century. New additions include:

o readings on early and medieval Shinto and at the tea ceremony,

o readings on country Buddhism and chinese language political concept influential in Japan, and

o sections on women's schooling, medieval recommendations within the makes use of of heritage, and legislation and precepts of the medieval warrior houses.

Together, the choices make clear the improvement of eastern civilization in its personal phrases, regardless of Western parallels, and may proceed to aid generations of scholars and lay readers in realizing eastern tradition.

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Suicidal Narrative in Modern Japan: The Case of Dazai Osamu (Princeton Legacy Library)

By Alan Stephen Wolfe

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Dazai Osamu (1909-1948) is one among Japan''s most famed literary suicides, referred to as the earliest postwar manifestation of the certainly alienated author in Japan. during this first deconstructive examining of a contemporary jap novelist, Alan Wolfe attracts on modern Western literary and cultural theories and on a data of Dazai''s paintings within the context of eastern literary heritage to supply a clean view of significant texts through this crucial literary determine.

In the method, Wolfe revises jap in addition to Western scholarship on Dazai and discovers new connections between suicide, autobiography, alienation, and modernization. As proven the following, Dazai''s writings face up to narrative and old closure; whereas he might be acknowledged to serve the japanese literary institution as either romantic decadent and consultant scapegoat, his texts show a deconstructive side in which his posthumous prestige as a monument of negativity is already perceived and undone. Wolfe keeps that cultural modernization pits a Western thought of the person as learned self and coherent topic opposed to an japanese absent self--and felt have to triumph over this pressure evokes the autobiographical fiction so general in jap novels.

Suicidal Narrative in glossy Japan indicates that Dazai''s texts additionally face up to readings that might unravel the gaps (East/West, self/other, modern/premodern) nonetheless conventional in eastern highbrow life.

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The 47th Samurai (Bob Lee Swagger Novels)

By Stephen Hunter

In The forty seventh Samurai, Bob Lee Swagger, the gritty hero of Stephen Hunter's bestselling novels Point of Impact and Time to Hunt, returns in Hunter's so much severe and unique mystery thus far.

Bob Lee Swagger and Philip Yano are sure jointly by way of a unmarried second at Iwo Jima, 1945, whilst their fathers, courageous warring parties on contrary facets, met within the bloody and chaotic conflict for the island. in basic terms Earl Swagger survived.

greater than sixty years later, Yano involves the USA to honor the legacy of his heroic father by means of recuperating the sword he utilized in the conflict. His seek has led him to mad Horse, Idaho, the place Bob Lee, ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, has settled right into a stressed retirement and instantly pledges himself to Yano's quest.

Bob Lee unearths the sword and promises it to Yano in Tokyo. On inspection, they notice that it isn't a customary WWII blade, yet a mythical shin-shinto katana, an artifact of the kingdom. it really is beneficial yet worthy killing for. abruptly Bob is on the heart of a chain of negative crimes he slightly knows yet vows to avenge. And to take action, he throws himself into the area of the samurai, Tokyo's darkish, legal yakuza underworld, and the unwritten ideas of eastern tradition.

Swagger's allies, hard-as-nails, American-born Susan Okada and the courageous, cocaine-dealing tabloid journalist Nick Yamamoto, aid him go through this unusual, glittering, and ominous global from the shady bosses of the seamy Kabukicho district to officers within the maximum echelons of the japanese executive, yet in spite of everything, he's on his personal and may be triumphant provided that he can study that to outlive samurai, you want to develop into samurai.

because the plot races and the violence escalates, it turns into transparent ruthless conspiracy is in position, and the one factor that may be taken with no consideration is that cash, energy, and intercourse can force males of all nationalities to grotesque extremes. If Swagger hopes to forestall them, he has to be keen not just to die but in addition to kill.

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Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld

By David E. Kaplan

Known for his or her remarkable full-body tattoos and severed fingertips, Japan's gangsters include a felony type 80 thousand strong--more than 4 occasions the dimensions of the yank mafia. regardless of their felony nature, the yakuza are authorized by means of fellow eastern to some extent sure to surprise such a lot Westerners. Yakuza is the 1st e-book to bare the intense succeed in of Japan's Mafia. initially released in 1986, it used to be so arguable in Japan that it will probably now not be released there for 5 years. yet within the west it has lengthy served because the normal reference on eastern equipped crime and has encouraged novels, screenplays, and legal investigations. This twenty-fifth anniversary variation tells the total tale or Japan's amazing crime syndicates, from their feudal begin as bands of medieval outlaws to their emergence as billion-dollar traders in genuine property, gigantic enterprise, artwork, and more.

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