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Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 1

by Lafcadio Hearn

A Japanese magic-lantern show is essentially dramatic. It is a play of which the dialogue is uttered by invisible personages, the actors and the scenery being only luminous shadows. Wherefore it is peculiarly...

Tales of Old Japan

by Lord Redesdale

Tales of Old Japan is an anthology of short stories, compiled by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, Lord Redesdale, writing under the better known name of A.B. Mitford. These stories focus on the varying aspects...

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 2

The Book of Tea

by Kakuzo Okakura

The Book of Tea was written by Okakura Kakuzo in the early 20th century. It was first published in 1906, and has since been republished many times. In the book, Kakuzo introduces the term Teaism and how Tea...

Japanese Fairy Tales

by Yei Theodora Ozaki

This collection of Japanese fairy tales is the outcome of a suggestion made to me indirectly through a friend by Mr. Andrew Lang. They have been translated from the modern version written by Sadanami Sanjin....

Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection

by Gregg Krech

Rooted in Japanese tradition, Naikan ("nye-kahn") is a structured method for intensely meditating on our lives, our interconnections, our missteps. Through Naikan, we develop a natural and profound sense of...


The Teahouse Fire

by Ellis Avery

"Like attending seasons of elegant tea parties-each one resplendent with character and drama. Delicious."-Maxine Hong Kingston

The story of two women whose lives intersect in late-nineteenth-century Japan, The...


A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

by Donald Richie

Sure to be a classic, Donald Richie's concise, profound insights into the mysteries of Japanese


Wisdom of the East: Buddhist Psalms translated from the Japanese of Shinran Shonin

by Shinran Shonin

Interested in learning more about Buddhism? Tired of watered-down, "Westernized" assessments of this ancient faith tradition? Go straight to the source with this translation of Japanese Buddhist scripture that...


Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere: A Memoir

by John Nathan

John Nathan arrived in Tokyo in 1961 fresh out of Harvard College, bringing with him no practical experience, no more than two connections, no prospects, and little else to recommend him but stoic, unflappable...


Hirohito And The Making Of Modern Japan

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2001, National Book Critics Circle for Biography/Autobiography 2000

by Herbert P. Bix

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

In this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, Herbert P. Bix offers the first complete, unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty-three-year reign...


Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me

by Lisa F Cook

Six days after an InStyle-worthy wedding in Los Angeles, Lisa Fineberg Cook left behind her little red Jetta, her manicurist of ten years, and her very best friend for the land of the rising sun. When her husband...


Learning to Bow: An American Teacher in a Japanese School

by Bruce Feiler

Learning to Bow has been heralded as one of the funniest, liveliest, and most insightful books ever written about the clash of cultures between America and Japan. With warmth and candor, Bruce Feiler recounts...


Unbeaten Tracks in Japan: An Account of Travels in the Interior, Including Visits to the Aborigines of Yezo and the Shrine of Nikko

by Isabella L. Bird

Nineteenth-century English traveler, writer, and natural historian Isabella Bird contributes this stunning narrative to the genre of early travelogues about Japan. The volume Unbeaten Tracks in Japan includes...


Wind and Stone

by Masaaki Tachihara

The story of Mizue, a Japanese housewife, and Kase, a traditional-style garden designer hired by her husband to landscape their home. As the garden takes shape, Mizue wakens to a new sensuality and desire, and...


Speed Tribes: Days and Night's with Japan's Next Generation

by Karl Taro Greenfeld

This foray into the often violent subcultures of Japan dramatically debunks the Western perception of a seemingly controlled and orderly society.


The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan

by Suzanne Kamata

Absorbing fiction from Outsiders in a land that does not absorb foreigners easily.


Milky Way Railroad

by Kenji Miyazawa & Joseph Sigrist

A tender, timeless fable about afterlife from Japan's best-loved children's writer.


Japan Through the Looking Glass

by Alan Macfarlane

This entertaining and endlessly surprising book takes us on an exploration into every aspect of Japanese society from the most public to the most intimate. A series of meticulous investigations gradually uncovers...


A Hundred Verses from Old Japan

by William N Porter

THE Hyaku-nin-isshiu, or 'Single Verses by a Hundred People', were collected together in A.D. 1235. They are placed in approximate chronological order, and range from about the year 670. Perhaps what strikes...


Shinto Meditations for Revering the Earth

by Stuart D. B. Picken

The first book in English to apply ancient Japanese Shinto traditions to daily spiritual fulfillment.


The Forgotten Japanese: Encounters with Rural Life and Folklore

by Tsuneichi Miyamoto & Jeffrey Irish

A revealing look at rural lives and lifestyles that have all but disappeared today.


Shinto: A Celebration of Life

by Aidan Rankin

Shinto is an ancient faith of forests and snow-capped mountains. It sees the divine in rocks and streams, communing with spirit worlds through bamboo twigs and the evergreen sakaki tree. Yet it is also the manicured...


Tun-huang

by Yasushi Inoue, Jean Oda Moy & Damion Searls

More than a thousand years ago, an extraordinary trove of early Buddhist sutras and other scriptures was secreted away in caves near the Silk Road city of Tun-huang. But who hid this magnificent treasure and...


Historical Dictionary of Tokyo

by Roman Cybriwsky

The Historical Dictionary of Tokyo, Second Edition covers Tokyo—one of the world's largest, most important, and most complex cities—from the earliest times to the present. This is done through a chronology,...


Soul of the Samurai

by Thomas Cleary

In Soul of the Samurai respected author and translator Thomas Cleary reveals the true essence of Bushido or Zen warrior teachings according to 17th-century Japanese sword master Yagyu Munenori and his Zen teacher...


Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke

by Thomas Cleary & Oscar Ratti

Code of the Samurai is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese Way of the Warrior. Bushido has played a major role in shaping the behavior of modern...


Japanese Plays: Classic Noh, Kyogen and Kabuki Works

by A.L. Sadler & Paul Atkins

Nothing reflects the beauty of life as much as Japanese theater. It is here that reality is held suspended and emptiness can fill the mind through words, music, dance, and mysticism. A.L. Sadler translates the...


Living in Japan: A Guide to Living, Working, and Traveling in Japan

by Joy Norton & Tazuko Shibusawa

Living in Japan is a complete guide for foreigners currently living in Japan or contemplating making a home there. From the great expectations before arrival to the shock of actually being immersed in one of...


Japan Unmasked: The Character & Culture of the Japanese

by Boye Lafayette De Mente

The growing globalization of world business, culture and communication—and Japan's increasingly important role as a leader in that world—makes understanding Japanese culture critical for business people,...


Strange But True Stories from Japan

by Jack Seward

Strange but True Stories from Japan is a fascinating collection of vignettes, ranging from historical to the personal. Here you will be exposed to the goings–on of Americans serving time in Japanese prisons...


In Ghostly Japan

by Lafcadio Hearn

In Ghostly Japan collects twelve stories from celebrated author Lafcadio Hearn. Some of these stories are ghostly and ghastly, while others are wonderfully benign. Whether he's telling a ghost story or explaining...


True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki

by Anthony Cummins & Yoshie Minami

True Path of the Ninja is the first authoritative translation in English of the Shoninki—the famous 17th century ninja training manual. Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami worked closely with Dr. Nakashima Atsumi,...


The Japanese Mind

by Roger Davies & Osamu Ikeno

In The Japanese Mind, Roger Davies offers Westerners an invaluable key to the unique aspects of Japanese culture. Readers of this book will gain a clear understanding of what really makes the Japanese, and their...


Japan's Cultural Code Words: Key Terms That Explain the Attitudes and Behavior of the Japanese

by Boye De Mente

Westerners have traditionally been intrigued by Japanese attitudes and behaviors which have been perceived as ranging from cute, quaint, and seductive to strange and sometimes savage. The traditional dual character...


Samurai Wisdom: Lessons from Japan's Warrior Culture

by Thomas Cleary

The ancient warrior culture of Japan produced a sophisticated martial philosophy that we know today as Bushido—the Way of the Warrior. In Samurai Wisdom, author Thomas Clearly provides five important new translations...


The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: The Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan

by Arthur Waley & Dennis Washburn

Japan in the 10th century stood physically and culturally isolated from the rest of the world. Inside this bubble, a subtle and beautiful world was in operation, and its inhabitants were tied to the moment,...


Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination

by Edogawa Rampo & James Harris

"Rampo is Japan's foremost writer of mystery and tales of suspense".

The journal of Asian Studies

Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination,the first volume of its kind translated into English, is written with...


Comrade Loves the Samurai

by Ihara Saikaku & Edward Powys Mathers

In old Japan, sexual love among the samurai was permissible, and often matured into lifelong companionships. Comrade Loves of the Samurai touches the subject of both normal and abnormal love with honesty and...


Sex and the Japanese: The Sensual Side of Japan

by Boye De Mente

Sex and the Japanese provides a broad look at the changing concepts of sexuality in Japanese culture. From the days of concubines and geishas to the present, sex and sexuality in Japan have been more openly...


Bushido: The Classic Portrait of Samurai Martial Culture

by Inazo Nitobe

Justice. Courage. Benevolence. Politeness. Sincerity. Honor. Loyalty.

These are the seven precepts of bushido— the code of the samurai. Together, these seven values create a system of beliefs that is unique...


My Asakusa: Coming of Age in Pre-War Tokyo

by Sadako Sawamura & Norman Stafford

Written near the end of Sadako Sawamura's remarkable life, My Asakusa (Watashi co Asakusa) is a charming collection of autobiographical essays by a truly self-made woman. Recalling Japan at a time of great political...


Japanese Haiku: Its Essential Nature and History

by Kenneth Yasuda

This is the most authoritative and concise book on Japanese haiku available: what it is, how it developed, and how it is practiced in both Japanese and English. While many haiku collections are available to...


The Samurai Mind: Lessons from Japan's Master Warriors (Classic texts on cultivating mental discipline and achieving victory)

by Christopher Hellman

The Samurai Mind is a collection of five seminal Japanese texts that convey the essence of traditional samurai warrior ethic from very different, but complementary points of view. These texts range from the...


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