Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture

By Patrick W. Galbraith, Jason G. Karlin

Spend even an afternoon in an immense jap urban like Tokyo or Osaka and also you cannot forget about them: 'idols,' or mass-produced and promoted women and men who practice throughout media genres and systems. they seem in magazines and ads, practice on television and on level, recorded and stay. although valuable to the workings and adventure of media in Japan, idols have regrettably had just a marginal position within the scholarship. This assortment deals the main entire and compelling account of 1 of the main attention-grabbing and least understood features of eastern media tradition this present day. It brings jointly a bunch of interdisciplinary students who interact the examine of media, gender and megastar. delicate to heritage and the modern scene, essays disguise female and male idols, construction and intake, commercial buildings and fan events.

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Consumer Politics in Postwar Japan: The Institutional Boundries of Citizen Activism

By Patricia L. Maclachlan

Supplying comparisons to the USA and Britain, this e-book examines Japan's postwar buyer safeguard circulation. prepared principally via and for housewives and spurred by means of significant situations of cost gouging and product infection, the move resulted in the passage of simple purchaser safety laws in 1968. even if a lot of the tale matters the recognized "iron triangle" of massive enterprise, nationwide bureaucrats, and conservative get together politics, Maclachlan takes a broader viewpoint. She issues to the significance of job on the neighborhood point, the position of minority events, the constrained software of the courts, and where of attorneys and lecturers in offering entry to energy. those light social ideas have ended in an important volume of buyer protection.

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The Ninja: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan (The Secret History of Ninjutsu)

By Kacem Zoughari

Ninjutsu is the main well known and misunderstood of all martial arts. The lengthy heritage of ninjutstu is usually murky; surrounded via secret and legend. the following, for the 1st time, is an in-depth, real examine the complete paintings of ninjutsu, together with emergence of the ninja warriors and philosophy in feudal Japan; exact old occasions; its context within the improvement of different faculties of martial arts; and the philosophies and routines of the college today.

Based on greater than ten years of research and translation of real jap texts, together with many who have by no means sooner than been translated, this can be the main accomplished and exact learn at the artwork of ninjutsu ever written open air of Japan. This ninja booklet contains reviews of ninjutsu historical past, philosophy, knowledge, and offers a variety of info from authors, historians, chronicles and scrolls which will foster a deep realizing of this "shadowy" art.

For those that educate in ninjutsu, for different martial paintings practitioners, for historians, and for someone with an curiosity in jap feudal heritage or jap martial arts, The Ninja: historic Shadow Warriors of Japan shines a gentle in this enigmatic subject.

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Norms, Interests, and Power in Japanese Foreign Policy

By Yoichiro Sato, Keiko Hirata

This edited quantity places forth a theoretically and empirically rigorous research of eastern international policy.  It explains the impression of norms on Japan’s overseas coverage habit, drawing on 3 significant paradigms of diplomacy scholarship—constructivism, realism, and liberalism. via 9 case experiences on Japan’s safety, financial, and environmental rules, this booklet examines how norms do or don't consultant jap international coverage and the way they have interaction with pursuits and gear. In doing so, this e-book explores no matter if the rationalist and constructivist faculties of inspiration are in all likelihood complementary or collectively exclusive. 

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The Lost Wolves of Japan (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)

By Brett L. Walker

Many eastern as soon as respected the wolf as Oguchi no Magami, or Large-Mouthed natural God, yet as Japan started its smooth transformation wolves misplaced their otherworldly prestige and have become noxious animals that had to be killed. through 1905 that they had disappeared from the rustic. during this lively and soaking up narrative, Brett Walker takes a deep examine the medical, cultural, and environmental dimensions of wolf extinction in Japan and tracks altering attitudes towards nature via Japan's lengthy history.

Grain farmers as soon as worshiped wolves at shrines and left nutrition choices close to their dens, beseeching the elusive dogs to guard their plants from the pointy hooves and voracious appetites of untamed boars and deer. Talismans and charms embellished with photographs of wolves shielded from hearth, sickness, and different calamities and taken fertility to agrarian groups and to hoping to have youngsters. The Ainu humans believed that they have been born from the union of a wolflike creature and a goddess.

In the eighteenth century, wolves have been obvious as rabid man-killers in lots of components of Japan. hugely ritualized wolf hunts have been instigated to cleanse the panorama of what many regarded as demons. via the 19th century, even if, the destruction of wolves had develop into decidedly unceremonious, as visible at the island of Hokkaido. via poisoning, employed hunters, and a bounty procedure, one of many archipelago's biggest carnivores used to be systematically erased.

The tale of wolf extinction exposes the bottom of Japan's modernization. definite wolf scientists nonetheless camp out in Japan to pay attention for any hint of the elusive dogs. The quiet they event reminds us of the profound silence that awaits all humanity whilst, because the jap priest Kenko taught nearly seven centuries in the past, we "look on fellow sentient creatures with no feeling compassion."

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Shogun

By James Clavell

A daring English adventurer. An invincible jap warlord. a gorgeous girl torn among methods of lifestyles, methods of affection. All introduced jointly in a unprecedented saga of a time and a spot aflame with clash, ardour, ambition, lust, and the fight for power...

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Japan: Its History and Culture

By W. Scott Morton

It is a revision of the lengthy winning, brief, illustrated cultural historical past of Japan, from its beginnings approximately 3000 BC to the current day, first released in 1970 and continually in use over a number of variants in faculties and universities national. it's designed as a simple, detail-rich portrait of a country no longer good understood within the West. the location of Japan at the overseas scene has replaced markedly because the present variation used to be released in 1994: Japan were a celeb of postwar business construction and strategies; during the last few years, it has encountered severe hassle with marketplace forces; its monetary practices, relatively the tacit collaboration among robust factions in govt and undefined, has come below query or even assault. departure from culture have began to have an important presence. The publication is specific in its incorporation of cultural parts, at their excessive aspect, into the unfolding tale of political occasions. instead of simply following the political and army process historical past, treating them individually from the cultural aspect, Morton provides an built-in view, exhibiting the parallel improvement of cultural and political occasions, in addition to their impact on one another. for instance, the sweeping impact of chinese language tradition on jap is handled as an natural entire, exploring its leads to executive, social existence, faith and artwork. The publication additionally casts attention-grabbing sidelights on major personalities, works of literature and ancient occasions. Balanced therapy is vital; every one interval some time past is given equivalent therapy, with a bit of extra emphasis on modern heritage and up to date advancements.

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Zen Masters of Japan: The Second Step East

Zen Masters of Japan is the second one ebook in a sequence that lines Zen's profoundly ancient trip because it unfold eastward from China and Japan, towards the USA. Following Zen Masters of China, this booklet concentrates on Zen's major passage via Japan. extra particularly, it describes the lineage of the good lecturers, the Zen monk pioneers who got down to enlighten an island prepared for an internal transformation in keeping with compassionate awareness.

While the present Buddhist institution in Japan met early Zen pioneers like Dogen and Eisai with fervent resistance, Zen Buddhism eventually perservered and persisted to turn into extra remodeled in its passage via Japan. the japanese tradition and eastern Buddhism practices extra deepened and reinforced Zen education through combining it with numerous esoteric contemplative arts—the arts of poetry, the tea rite, calligraphy, and archery. Zen Masters of Japan chronicles this trip with every one Zen grasp profiled. The e-book indicates how the hot practices quickly received in reputation between all walks of life—from the lowly peasant, supplying a desire of reincarnation and a greater lifestyles; to the Samurai warrior because of its informal method of demise; to the ruling periods, demanding the intelligentsia due to its scholarly roots.

A number of Zen tales, meditation, and their knowledge, Zen Masters of Japan additionally explores the illusive nation of 'No brain' completed in Japan that's so basic to Zen practices this present day.

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A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony

For each fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, clever and concise advisor to the land that's their source.

Comprehensive and good educated, it covers a big selection of subject matters in brief articles followed by way of sidebars and various pictures, delivering a full of life digest of the society and tradition of Japan. Designed to entice the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, manga and games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the tradition advisor for readers within the web age.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the japanese, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so keen on robots, writer Hector Garcia has created the correct booklet for the transforming into ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative advisor.

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The Cloud Pavilion: A Novel (Sano Ichiro Novels)

By Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, 1701. A terrified lady is brutally attacked amid a swirling typhoon of clouds. in the meantime, at Edo fort, samurai detective became chamberlain, Sano Ichiro, is suspicious of his previous rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative on account that strolling back from exile. yet simply as Yanagisawa's precise reasons start to emerge, Sano's estranged uncle involves him for aid: His daughter has disappeared, and he begs Sano and his spouse, Reiko―who as soon as suffered during the kidnapping in their personal son―to locate her ahead of it really is too late.

Publishers Weekly calls Laura Joh Rowland's The Cloud Pavilion "One of the simplest mysteries of the year."

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