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Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai, and Outlaws
Ninja Attack!
True Tales of Assassins, Samurai, and Outlaws
Paperback      ISBN: 4805312181
Ninja Attack introduces dozens of unforgettable real-life ninja straight out of the annals of Japanese history--many of whom are all but unknown outside their home country.

Ninja masters. Solo assassins and operatives. Femme fatales as deadly as they were beautiful. Swordfighters out of legend. And the Shogun and warlords who commanded them. Each individual in this graphic novel is profiled with a full-page manga-style drawing and a dossier brimming with top-secret information, including photos, anecdotes, and dramatic stories of the individuals in action.

The book covers ninja clothing styles, the types of weapons that were used, ninja tools, ninja tricks of the trade, and the basics of the ninja diet. It also includes a do-it-yourself tour of ninja related spots in modern Tokyo.

Ninja Attack is everything you always wanted to know about ninja but were too afraid you'd get a shuriken in the eye to ask.

Legendary ninja covered in this book include:
  • Prince Shotoku
  • Mochizuki Chiyojo
  • Hattori Hanzo
  • Matsuo Basho
  • Mamiya Rinzo
  • Jiraiya

Book 2 of 3 in the Yokai Attack series. Others include Yokai Attack and Yurei Attack .
Japan: Reports from an Enigmatic Land
Japan
Reports from an Enigmatic Land
Paperback      ISBN: 3765816248
Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan
Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan
Paperback      ISBN: 4805310251
Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan is a bewitching look into a world that few Westerners saw in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a world that still endures in many ways in spite of the changes that have taken place during the modernization of Japan.
Samurai Vol. 5: The Unnamed Island
Samurai Vol. 5
The Unnamed Island
Paperback      ISBN: 1782765417

Having escaped from the clutches of the 13th Prophet, Takeo, the young Samurai, is free to continue with his quest to find out who he is. His journey leads him to an unnamed island, where he hopes to find his missing brother. Instead, he finds a place where he learns the Bushido way, the code of life that all Samurai must live by...

Viewed Sideways: Writings on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan
Viewed Sideways
Writings on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan
Paperback      ISBN: 1933330988

"An indispensable guide to Japanese cinema and culture." --Library Journal

"Viewed any which way, Japan through the eyes of Donald Richie is an interesting and rewarding place to read about. This is...yet another reminder that he is a master of the short essay and a thought-provoking guide to his subject." --Jeff Kingston, The Japan Times

This definitive new collection of essays by the writer Time calls "the dean of arts critics in Japan" ranges from Kyogen drama to the sex shows of Shinjuku, from film and Buddhism to Butoh and retro rock 'n' roll, from wasei eigo (Japanese/English) to mizushobai, the fine art of pleasing. Spanning some fifty years, these thirty-seven essays--most never anthologized before--offer cross-sections of Japan's enormous cultural power. They reflect the unique perspective of a man attempting to understand his adopted home.

The writings of Donald Richie--film critic, reviewer, novelist, and essayist--have influenced generations of Japan observers around the world.


Tokyo: A Biography: Disasters, Destruction and Renewal: The Story of an Indomitable City
Tokyo: A Biography: Disasters, Destruction and Renewal
The Story of an Indomitable City
Paperback      ISBN: 4805313293
The history of Tokyo is as eventful as it is long. A concise yet detailed overview of this fascinating, centuries-old city, Tokyo: A Biography is a perfect companion volume for history buffs or Tokyo-bound travelers looking to learn more about their destination.

In a whirlwind journey through Tokyo's past from its earliest beginnings up to the present day, this Japanese history book demonstrates how the city's response to everything from natural disasters to regime change has been to reinvent itself time and again. A calamitous fire results in a massive expansion of the city's territory. A debate over the Samurai code creates far-reaching social change. A malleable boy becomes the figurehead for powerful forces which change an ancient feudal society into a modern industrialized power within a generation. Utter destruction wipes the slate clean again so Tokyoites may start all over. And so it goes.

Tokyo's story is riveting, and by the end of Tokyo: A Biography, readers see a city almost unrivaled in its uniqueness, a place that--despite its often tragic history--still shimmers as it prepares to face the future.
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War
Nagasaki
Life After Nuclear War
Paperback      ISBN: 0143109421
" A] reminder of just how horrible nuclear weapons are."--The Wall Street Journal

"A devastating read that highlights man's capacity to wreak destruction, but in which one also catches a glimpse of all that is best about people."--San Francisco Chronicle

"A poignant and complex picture of the second atomic bomb's enduring physical and psychological tolls. Eyewitness accounts are visceral and haunting. . . . But the book's biggest achievement is its treatment of the aftershocks in the decades since 1945." --The New Yorker

The enduring impact of a nuclear bomb, told through the stories of those who survived: necessary reading as the threat of nuclear war emerges again.

On August 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, a small port city on Japan's southernmost island. An estimated 74,000 people died within the first five months, and another 75,000 were injured.

Nagasaki takes readers from the morning of the bombing to the city today, telling the first-hand experiences of five survivors, all of whom were teenagers at the time of the devastation. Susan Southard has spent years interviewing hibakusha ("bomb-affected people") and researching the physical, emotional, and social challenges of post-atomic life. She weaves together dramatic eyewitness accounts with searing analysis of the policies of censorship and denial that colored much of what was reported about the bombing both in the United States and Japan.

A gripping narrative of human resilience, Nagasaki will help shape public discussion and debate over one of the most controversial wartime acts in history.

WINNER of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

FINALIST for the Ridenhour Book Prize - Chautauqua Prize - William Saroyan International Prize for Writing - PEN Center USA Literary Award

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Economist - The Washington Post - American Library Association - Kirkus Reviews

Small Man of Nanataki
Small Man of Nanataki
      SKU: 281AKJ1023215
47 Ronin
47 Ronin
Compact Disc      ISBN: 1622313569

In 1701 young Lord Asano is goaded into attacking a corrupt official at the Japanese Court. Although the wound Asano inflicts is minimal, the Emperor's punishment is harsh: Lord Asano is ordered to commit seppuku, or ritual suicide. His lands are confiscated and his family is dishonored and exiled. His samurai retainers now become ronin, or masterless, and are dispersed. These ronin are not trusted by their enemies, and live under the watchful eyes of spies for months. They appear to adapt to their new circumstances by becoming tradesmen and teachers. But the ronin only seem to accept their fate. They are in fact making careful plans for revenge, biding their time until the moment to strike is right Their deeds became Japan's most celebrated example of bravery, cunning, and loyalty in an age when samurai were heroes, and honor was worth dying for. John Allyn's masterful retelling of the 47 ronin story has long been considered the definitive version of these dramatic historical events.

Early Japanese Railways, 1853-1914: Engineering Triumphs That Transformed Meiji-Era Japan
Early Japanese Railways, 1853-1914
Engineering Triumphs That Transformed Meiji-Era Japan
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 4805310065
Early Japanese Railways 1853-1914 is a cultural and engineering history of railway building in Japan during the Meiji era. The 19th century was the first age of sustained, comprehensive contact between Asia and the West. This book describes the history of Japanese social adaptation to railway development, with many details never-before-published in English. In addition, Early Japanese Railways 1853-1914 details the often overlooked American efforts to build the first railways in Japan. This richly illustrated account also takes a look at long disused corporate logos, locomotive data and headlamp marker codes. Many of the photos and illustrations, all pulled from the author's private collection, are quite rare and are not widely known, even in Japan.

Appealing to more than just railroad fans, this fascinating account of early Japanese efforts to build railways also paints a clear picture of the Meiji era and the historical, cultural and social ramifications of the railway in Japan.