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  • The Chrysanthemum and the Swordby Ruth Benedict

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2006; US$ 14.99

    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...

  • 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...

  • Peasants, Rebels, Women, and Outcastesby Mikiso Hane

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2004; US$ 42.99

    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...

  • The Little Book of Japanby Charlotte Anderson; Gorazd Vilhar

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 16.95

    This compact travel pictorial and Japan travel guide is packed with cultural and historical information along with charming photographs. Japan is a country shrouded in mystery, even now in the 21st century. The myriad facets that, when put together, compose the whole of this nation are impossible to fully capture. But in The Little Book of Japan... more...

  • The British Press and the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910by Hirokichi Mutsu

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 49.95

    The Japan-British exhibition in London, 1910 was the most concerted and systematic attempt by Meiji Japan to explain its traditional society and arts, modern industry and empire, to its most important international ally, Great Britain. This is a facsimile edition of the original book compiled and edited for the exhibition by Count Hirokichi Mutsu (1869-1942)... more...

  • Tsumi - Offence and Retribution in Early Japanby Yoko Williams

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 49.95

    Covering the period from before the emergence of the first political units through to the formation of the Japanese ritsuryo state in the 8th century, this book offers a ground-breaking scholarly diachronic analysis of tsumi (offence and retribution) from a politico-historical perspective. Taking as its starting point the native forms of tsumi in the... more...

  • A Japanese View of Natureby Kinji Imanishi; Pamela J. Asquith

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 53.95

    Although Seibutsu no Sekai (The World of Living Things) , the seminal 1941 work of Kinji Imanishi, had an enormous impact in Japan, both on scholars and on the general public, very little is known about it in the English-speaking world. This book makes the complete text available in English for the first time and provides an extensive introduction... more...

  • When the Earth Roarsby Gregory Smits

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 87.99

    Japan, which is among the most earthquake-prone regions in the world, has a long history of responding to seismic disasters. However, despite advances in earthquake-related safety technologies, the destructiveness of the magnitude 9 class earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on 3/11 raised profound questions about how societies can deal... more...

  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimageby Philip Gabriel; Haruki Murakami

    Random House 2014; US$ 14.38

    A mesmerising mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and 1Q84 Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ?red pine?, and Oumi, ?blue sea?, while the girls? names were Shirane, ?white root?, and... 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...