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  • Japan 1941by Eri Hotta

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.95

    A groundbreaking history that considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective and is certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific. When Japan launched hostilities against the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a war they were almost certain to lose.... more...

  • The Chrysanthemum and the Swordby Ruth Benedict; Ezra Vogel

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2006; US$ 13.97

    A recognized classic of cultural anthropology, this book explores the political, religious, and economic life of Japan from the seventh century through the mid-twentieth, as well as personal family life. more...

  • Basho's Narrow Roadby Matsuo Basho; Hiroaki Sato

    Stone Bridge Press 2013; US$ 16.99

    Matsuo Basho (1644-94) is considered Japan's greatest haiku poet. Narrow Road to the Interior (Oku no Hosomichi) is his masterpiece. Ostensibly a chronological account of the poet's five-month journey in 1689 into the deep country north and west of the old capital, Edo, the work is in fact artful and carefully sculpted, rich in literary and Zen... more...

  • Unit 731by Hal Gold

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 12.99

    This is a riveting and disturbing account of the medical atrocities performed in and around Japan during WWII. Some of the cruelest deeds of Japan's war in Asia did not occur on the battlefield, but in quiet, antiseptic medical wards in obscure parts of the continent. Far from front lines and prying eyes, Japanese doctors and their assistants... more...

  • Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfareby Thomas Cleary

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 9.95

    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,... more...

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

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2005; US$ 49.99

    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...