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  • Peasants, Rebels, Women, and Outcastesby Mikiso Hane

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2004; US$ 38.99

    Uses diaries, memoirs, fiction, trial testimony, personal recollections, and eyewitness accounts to weave a fascinating tale of what ordinary Japanese endured throughout their country's booming economic growth. more...

  • Losing Keiby Suzanne Kamata

    Leapfrog Press 2013; US$ 14.95

    An American ex-patriot in Japan goes to desperate lengths to be reunited with her son. more...

  • The Sarashina Diaryby Takasue no Musume Sugawara no; Sonja Arntzen; Moriyuki Ito

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 39.99

    A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile later in life, bringing lasting prestige to her family. Some aspects of the author?s life and text seem curiously modern. She married late and identified... more...

  • Human Resources in Japanese Industrial Developmentby Hisashi Kawada; Solomon B. Levine

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 44.95

    By focusing on the educational and skill training institutions Japan has developed to generate human resources for modern industry, this book represents a new contribution to the historical analysis of Japan's modern economic growth. The authors concentrate on those large-scale industries that seem to pose the greatest challenges for an agrarian society,... more...

  • The Imperial Japanese Armyby Bill Yenne

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    The German blitzkrieg stunned the world in 1939-1940, and so too did the Japanese "blitzkrieg" of 1941-1942 in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaya, and Burma. However, the remarkable Japanese land offensive involving operations of equivalent scope and complexity has received only a fraction of the attention. This is the story of that campaign. One... more...

  • Early Japanese Imagesby Terry Bennett

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 24.95

    This fascinating book reproduces over 140 images taken between 1853 and 1905 by the most important local and foreign photographers then working in Japan. Almost one-fourth of the images are hand colored, superb examples of a rich art form long since vanished. The Japan of this book too has disappeared, but author and compiler Terry Bennett has put... more...

  • Samurai Armies 1467-1649by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    The Sengoku Jidai or "Age of Warring States" is the time of the samurai - Japan's military aristocracy. A period of endemic warfare where the absence of unifying central control led to constant struggles between the daimyo (or "Great Names") who sought to protect and extend the influence of their respective families through political and military means.... more...

  • Ronin - Skirmish Wargames in the Age of the Samuraiby Craig Woodfield; Jose Daniel Cabrera Pena

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 14.95

    Ronin is a set of skirmish wargame rules set in late 16th century feudal Japan. Players build small warbands of models and battle each other as well as non-player factions in duels and skirmishes. Ronin is historically accurate, but also pays tribute to the films of Akira Kurosawa such as Seven Samurai and Yojimbo . Despite the enduring popularity... more...

  • Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-45 (2)by Mark Stille; Paul Wright

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 13.95

    During the Pacific War, at Java Sea, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, throughout the Solomons, Marianas, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa campaigns, destroyers were the backbone of every fleet. Arguably the most successful component of the Imperial Japanese Fleet was its destroyer force. These ships were generally larger than their Allied counterparts... more...

  • Samurai Commanders (1)by Stephen Turnbull; Richard Hook

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 14.95

    Osprey's examination of Samurai commanders during the Gempei Wars (1180?1185), the Onin War (1467?1477), and the early Sengoku period. The samurai were the military elite of medieval and early modern Japan, and the men who led them were hailed as the very greatest, most heroic and most honourable of all samurai warriors. This first of two books examines... more...