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Environmental History in East Asia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

by Tsui-jung Liu

As environmental history has developed as growing sub-discipline within the study of history, great emphasis has been placed on the importance of adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Indeed, as Environmental...


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....


Ten Questions on Could China Win the Next War?

by Senator Wong

This book is written for all who are interested to know the likely outcomes to the island disputes that are occurring in the Asia-Pacific region revolving around countries such as China, Japan, Vietnam, the...


Japan's Household Registration System and Citizenship: Koseki, Identification and Documentation

by David Chapman & Karl Jakob Krogness

Japan's Household Registration System (koseki seido) is an extremely powerful state instrument, and is socially entrenched with a long history of population governance, social control and the maintenance of...


Marketing and Consumption in Modern Japan

by Kazuo Usui

This book explores the development in Japan throughout the twentieth century of marketing and consumerism. It shows how Japan had a long established indigenous traditional approach to marketing, separate from...


Mitford's Japan: Memories and Recollections, 1866-1906

by Hugh Cortazzi

As the preface to this new edition points out, Mitford (Algernon Bertram, the first Lord Redesdale) was a gifted writer whose descriptions of Japan, during the critical time of transition from a feudal to a...


Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

by David Pilling

“[A]n excellent book...” —The Economist

Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese...


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,...


The Comfort Women: Japan's Brutal Regime of Enforced Prostitution in the Second World War

by George Hicks

"The most extensive record available in English of the ugly story."—Elisabeth Rubinfein, New York Newsday Over 100,000 women across Asia were victims of enforced prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Forces...


Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Japan

by Prof J A A Stockwin & J. A. A. Stockwin

The politics of Japan are less widely reported than its economics. Most people are aware of the economic 'miracle' following the Second World War, whereby Japan became the second largest economy in the world...


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...


Okinawan War Memory: Transgenerational Trauma and the War Fiction of Medoruma Shun

by Kyle Ikeda

As one of Okinawa's most insightful writers and social critics, Medoruma Shun has highlighted the problems and limits of conventional representation of the Battle of Okinawa, raised new questions and concerns...


Japan Diary

by Mark Gayn

This book is an eyewitness report of what happened in Japan and Korea during the Occupation years from December 1945 to May 1948.

It is also meant to be some other things. It is the story of that extraordinary...


Japanese Woodblock Kimono Designs in Full Color

by Dover

Japanese art at its most subtly elegant, these luminous 19th-century kimono designs include allover patterns, nature scenes, magnificent floral sprays, and other finely detailed full-color motifs. 62 illustrations....


Tales of the Samurai

by James S. de Benneville

A young lord undertakes the restoration of his family's fortunes and honor in this gripping retelling of a 15th-century Japanese epic. Gripping and evocative, this excellent translation recounts rebellions,...


Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings

by Edward S. Morse

In this book the author writes about the more than 4 years he spent visiting hundreds of Japanese homes and learning as much as possible about their construction, design, furnishings, and relative merits. 307...


The Currents of War: A New History of American-Japanese Relations, 1899-1941

by Sidney L. Pash

From 1899 until the American entry into World War II, U.S. presidents sought to preserve China's territorial integrity in order to guarantee American businesses access to Chinese markets -- a policy famously...


The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan

by Adam Clulow

The Dutch East India Company was a unique, hybrid organization acting as both company and state, aggressively intervening in Asian political matters in which it had no place. This study focuses on the company’s...


Japan's Early Experience of Contract Management in the Treaty Ports

by Yuki Allyson Honjo

This is the first in-depth study of the early trial-and-error experiences of contracting between Japanese and western merchants trading in the Japanese Treaty Ports in the eighteen year period immediately following...


Turning Points in Japanese History

by Bert Edstrom

So-called 'turning points' or 'defining moments' are both the oxygen and grid lines that historians and researchers seek in plotting the path of social and political development of any country. In the case of...