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The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa: Literature and Memory
The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa
Literature and Memory
Hardcover      ISBN: 0415191947
How do the Japanese and Okinawans remember Occupation? How is memory constructed and transmitted? Michael Molasky explores these questions through careful, sensitive readings of literature from mainland Japan and Okinawa. This book sheds light on difficult issues of war, violence, prostitution, colonialism and post-colonialism in the context of the Occupations of Japan and Okinawa.
Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989: The Emergence of the World's Greatest City
Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989
The Emergence of the World's Greatest City
Paperback      ISBN: 4805310243
Edward SeidenstickerÆs Tokyo: From Edo to Showa, available here for the first time in a single volume, tells the story of TokyoÆs transformation from the ShogunÆs capital in an isolated Japan to one of the most renowned modern cities in the world. With the same scholarship and style that won him admiration as one of premier translators of Japanese literature, he offers the reader his own brilliant picture of a whole society suddenly emerging into the modern world. By turns elegiac and funny, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is an important cultural history of AsiaÆs greatest city.
The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan
The World of the Shining Prince
Court Life in Ancient Japan
Paperback      ISBN: 0345803906
Using as a frame of reference The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan's Heian period, the author vibrantly recreates an era when women set the cultural tone, describing the politics, society, religious life and superstitions of the time. Original.
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
Paperback      ISBN: 0060931302
A biography of the Japanese emperor reveals a powerful man who successfully cultivated an image of a reluctant king while manipulating important events behind the scenes for five decades.
Samurai Revolution: The Dawn of Modern Japan Seen Through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai
Samurai Revolution
The Dawn of Modern Japan Seen Through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai
Hardcover      ISBN: 4805312351
A captivating work of Japanese history, Samurai Revolution sheds new light on a period critical to understanding how and why Japan evolved into the nation it is today. An acclaimed expert on Japanese history, Romulus Hillsborough has spent decades researching the tumultuous final years of the Shogun's government and the Emperor's return to political power during the Meiji Period. In Samurai Revolution, Hillsborough chronicles the era from 1868 to 1912—often called the Meiji Restoration—that is widely regarded as the "dawn of modern Japan". During this time, Japan was transformed from a backward country of feudal lords and samurai into a modern industrialized nation. But change did not come bloodlessly, and many samurai chose to fight for their traditional way of life. A captivating work of Japanese history, Samurai Revolution sheds new light on a period critical to understanding how and why Japan evolved into the nation it is today. This is the first comprehensive history and analysis ever to be published in English and documents the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate through to the Satsuma Rebellion, a failed coup attempt that heralded the final demise of the samurai class.
The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art
The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art
Paperback      ISBN: 4805314303
Look past the legends and learn about the REAL ninjas of feudal Japan with this entertaining, illustrated ninjutsu guide. Ninjutsu, the least understood of the Japanese martial arts, is an ancient fighting style emphasizing natural movement, responsiveness to adversaries, and absolute practicality. In feudal Japan, ninja were feared for their skill in espionage and, particularly, assassination. Masters of weaponry, stealth, and martial techniques, ninja were credited with supernatural powers because of the near-invincibility of their unique and deadly art. In The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art, Black Belt Hall of Fame member, Stephen K. Hayes, reveals the secrets that lead to the perception of the ninja as warriors of almost sorcerous skill—the art of invisibility, special tools and weapons, and psychological training enabling the ninja to gain advantage in any situation. Chapters include: - Perspective—Origin; Organization; Training; At the Height of Power; The Decline; Ninjutsu in the Modern World - Search for the Ninja - Unarmed Combat—The Ninja Fists; Fighting Postures; Other Factors - Weaponry—Chains and Cords; Sticks and Staffs; Canes with Concealed Weapons; The Ninja Sword; Throwing Blades - The Way of Invisibility—Sense Deception; Phantom Steps; Reconnaissance; Blending with the Night; Attacking the Eyes; The Art of Disguise - Shadow Warriors—Espionage; Commando Tactics - The Realm of the Spirit—Psychological Warfare; The Force of the Killer; The Great Harmony
Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare: From the School of Certain Victory
Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare
From the School of Certain Victory
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804847835
This samurai strategy books is the first widely available English translation of Yamamoto Kansuke's classic treatise on strategy and tactics. Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare is Thomas Cleary's translation of the seminal writings attributed to Yamamoto Kansuke on Japanese martial arts and military service. A mysterious man of humble origins, Yamamoto distinguished himself in the service of the redoubtable Takeda Shingen. Yamamoto was a career solider and founder of the so-called "school of certain victory," from which the famous Miyamoto Musashi (The Book of Five Rings) emerged. His school developed the art of discerning situational combat advantage, so that a warrior was able to commit to action only when success was virtually assured. Translated and accompanied with helpful insights by Thomas Cleary, one of the foremost translators of the martial wisdom of Asia, this book is for all persons engaged in military, law enforcement, or emergency response, as well as for martial artists, athletes, business executives, diplomats and politicians.
The 47 Ronin Story
The 47 Ronin Story
Paperback      ISBN: 0804838275
47 Ronin Story is the classic Japanese story of Lord Asano of Ako and one of the bloodiest vendettas in Japan's feudal history. In a shocking clash between the warriors and the merchant class of seventeenth century Japan, there emerged the most unlikely set of heroes--the forty-seven ronin, or ex-samurai, of Ako.
The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project
The Invitation-Only Zone
The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374175845
"The author describes and investigates his obsession with North Korean abduction of Japanese citizens"--
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Tokyo Vice
An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Paperback      ISBN: 0307475298
From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up. At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime . . . crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan’s most infamous yakuza boss—and the threat of death for him and his family—Adelstein decided to step down . . . momentarily. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice, Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter—who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor—to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, Tokyo Vice is a fascination, and an education, from first to last. From the Hardcover edition.