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  • Netsuke: A Guide for Collectorsby Mary Louise O'Brien; Margaret Dhaemers

    Tuttle Publishing 1989; US$ 27.99

    Featuring dozens of Japanese netsuke masterpieces and insightful commentary, this Japanese art book is a classic collector’s item. Netsuke: A Guide for Collectors approaches the subject of Japanese nestuke from the point of view of the amateur collector rather than that of an owner discussing his own accomplished collection. Ever since Japan's... more...

  • The Wonderful World of Netsukeby Raymond Bushell

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 12.99

    Japanese netsukeminiature carvingsare profiled in this wonderful Japanese arts book. These tiny masterpieces of sculpture (mostly in ivory and wood), of lacquer, and of metalwork captivated collectors with the charm of their conception, the intricacy of their detail, and the sheer tactile pleasure of handling them. Basically they were utilitarian... more...

  • Japanese Abacus Use & Theoryby Takashi Kojima

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 3.99

    The Japanese Abacus & Theory book is easy to follow, and gives the reader step-by-step directions on how to use it correctly while applying it to practical use. The imperfect numerical notation and scarcity of suitable writing materials in ancient times are presumed to have given rise to need for devices of mechanical calculation. While the definite... more...

  • Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Ageby Mark McLelland

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2005; US$ 51.00

    Scholarship on Japan has recently broadened to include minority perspectives on communities from marginal workers to those whose sexuality has long been overlooked. This volume, with its combination of fieldwork in the gay and lesbian communities and the use of historical sources such as journals and documents, breaks important new ground in this field.... more...

  • Monster of the Twentieth Centuryby Robert Thomas Tierney

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 70.00

    This extended monograph examines the work of the radical journalist Kotoku Shusui and Japan’s anti-imperialist movement of the early twentieth century. It includes the first English translation of Imperialism (Teikokushugi), Kotoku’s classic 1901 work. Kotoku Shusui was a Japanese socialist, anarchist, and critic of Japan’s imperial expansionism... more...

  • The Nightless Cityby J. E. de Becker

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.00

    When The Nightless City was first published in 1899, it was deemed taboo in polite circles. It is now considered a valuable historical document—albeit still provocative—as a pioneering sociological study of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku: Tokyo's infamous red-light district where the giving of pleasure became both a tradition and a business. A consequence... more...

  • The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japanby Marcia Yonemoto

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 70.00

    Early modern Japan was a military-bureaucratic state governed by patriarchal and patrilineal principles and laws. During this time, however, women had considerable power to directly affect social structure, political practice, and economic production. This apparent contradiction between official norms and experienced realities lies at the heart of... more...

  • Tokyo: A Biographyby Stephen Mansfield

    Tuttle Publishing 2016; US$ 15.99

    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... more...

  • Homecomingsby Yoshikuni Igarashi

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 34.99

    Soon after the end of World War II, a majority of the nearly seven million Japanese civilians and serviceman posted overseas returned home. Heeding the call to rebuild, these soldiers helped remake Japan and enjoyed popularized accounts of their service. For those who took longer to return, such as the POWs detained in Siberian labor camps and the... more...

  • The Miracles of the Kasuga Deityby Royall Tyler

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 29.99

    In this annotated translation and study of an early fourteenth-century Japanese devotional picture scroll set, Royall Tyler illuminates the complex relationships between medieval Japanese religion and politics, text, and art. The Kasuga Gongen genki (The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity”) mingles text and painting on silk to tell the tale of miraculous... more...