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Japanese Folklore The Legend of Eternal Life

by Xenohikawa Sabrina

Long, long ago there lived a man called Sentaro. His surname meant "Millionaire," but although he was not so rich as all that, he was still very far removed from being poor. He had inherited a small fortune...


Asia Folklore Tales of The Beautiful Moon Maiden

by Muhammad Vandestra & Maya Aminah Sakura

There was an old bamboo cutter called Také Tori. He was an honest old man, very poor and hard-working, and he lived with his good old wife in a cottage on the hills. Children they had none, and little comfort...


Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre

by Samuel L. Leiter

This updated edition adds well over 200 plot summaries representing each theatrical form in addition to:

  • a chronology;
  • introductory essay;
  • appendixes;
  • an extensive bibliography;
  • over 1500 cross-referenced entries...


A Lateral View: Essays on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan

by Donald Richie

A revealing look at the Japanese through the window of their contemporary culture.


The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century

by Steven D. Carter

A court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a Meiji-period novelist, and a physicist at Tokyo University. What do they have in common, besides being Japanese? They all wrote zuihitsu—a uniquely...


The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters

by Gustav Heldt

Written in the early eighth century, the Kojiki is considered Japan’s first literary and historical work. A compilation of myths, legends, songs, and genealogies, it recounts the birth of Japan’s islands,...


American Political and Cultural Perspectives on Japan: From Perry to Obama

by John H. Miller

American Political and Cultural Perspectives on Japan: From Perry to Obama presents a panoramic survey of American images and ideas about Japan—past, present, and future.


Hiroshima Nagasaki

by Paul Ham

In this harrowing history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Paul Ham argues against the use of nuclear weapons, drawing on extensive research and hundreds of interviews to prove that the bombings had little...


War and Conscience in Japan: Nambara Shigeru and the Asia-Pacific War

by Nambara Shigeru & Richard H. Minear

One of Japan's most important intellectuals, Nambara Shigeru defended Tokyo Imperial University against its rightist critics and opposed Japan's war. His poetic diary (1936–1945), published only after the...


The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

by Takasue no Musume Sugawara no, Sonja Arntzen & Moriyuki Ito

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile later in life,...


Function-Based Spatiality and the Development of Korean Communities in Japan: A Complex Adaptive Systems Theory Approach

by David Rands

Function-Based Spatiality and the Development of Korean Communities in Japan addresses the impact of urban environments on the development of Korean communities in Japan. It takes into consideration the historically...


Shodo

by Norio Nagayama

The first interactive digital book on Shodo, the way of calligraphy, with pictures and video lessons of Nagayama Norio Sensei.

More than 100 photos, illustrations and haiku; 70 videos-exercises in kanji, kaisho,...


The Nightless City: Geisha and Courtesan Life in Old Tokyo

by J. E. de Becker

This unsurpassed study from 100 years ago ventured into Tokyo's red-light district to survey geisha and courtesan life and offer meticulous descriptions of training, dress, social hierarchy, and erotic practices....


A Discipline on Foot: Inventing Japanese Native Ethnography, 1910-1945

by Alan Christy

Exploring the fundamental question of how a new discipline comes into being, this groundbreaking book tells the story of the emergence of native ethnology in Imperial Japan, a “one nation” social science...


When the Earth Roars: Lessons from the History of Earthquakes in Japan

by Gregory Smits

Japan, which is among the most earthquake-prone regions in the world, has a long history of responding to seismic disasters. However, despite advances in earthquake-related safety technologies, the destructiveness...


Heritage Politics: Shuri Castle and Okinawa's Incorporation into Modern Japan, 1879-2000

by Tze May Loo

Tze May Loo's HeritagePolitics examines Okinawa’s relationship with the Japanese nation-state from 1879 to 2000 through the lens of cultural heritage. This book is a study of the politics of cultural heritage:...


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,...


Lust, Commerce, and Corruption: An Account of What I Have Seen and Heard, by an Edo Samurai

by Fumiko Miyazaki, Anne Walthall, John Breen & Mark Teeuwen et al.

By 1816, Japan had recovered from famines and political reforms and seemed to be approaching a new period of growth. No one questioned the shogunate, yet, in this same year, an anonymous author wrote one of...


Samurai Revolution: The Dawn of Modern Japan Seen Through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai

by Romulus Hillsborough

Japan's dramatic rise from a political backwater to a great power; an inside look at the men and their times that shaped a nation.

Samurai Revolution tells the fascinating story of Japan's transformation from...


Refining Nature in Modern Japanese Literature: The Life and Art of Shiga Naoya

by Nanyan Guo

This book deepens our understanding of the dynamics between nature and culture in Japanese thought and feeling. The author provides a detailed study of Shiga Naoya’s nature-inspired literature as an example...