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  • 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...

  • Japan's Security Renaissanceby Andrew L Oros

    Columbia University Press 2017; US$ 29.99

    For decades after World War II, Japan chose to focus on soft power and economic diplomacy alongside a close alliance with the United States, eschewing a potential leadership role in regional and global security. Since the end of the Cold War, and especially since the rise of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan?s military capabilities have resurged. In... more...

  • Japanese War Criminalsby Sandra Wilson; Robert Cribb; Beatrice Trefalt; Dean Aszkielowicz

    Columbia University Press 2017; US$ 69.99

    Beginning in late 1945, the United States, Britain, China, Australia, France, the Netherlands, and later the Philippines, the Soviet Union, and the People?s Republic of China convened national courts to prosecute Japanese military personnel for war crimes. The defendants included ethnic Koreans and Taiwanese who had served with the armed forces as... more...

  • Inventing Japanby Ian Buruma

    Random House Publishing Group 2003; US$ 17.00

    In a single short book as elegant as it is wise, Ian Buruma makes sense of the most fateful span of Japan?s history, the period that saw as dramatic a transformation as any country has ever known. In the course of little more than a hundred years from the day Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in his black ships, this insular, preindustrial realm mutated... more...

  • The Great Waveby Christopher Benfey

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    When the United States entered the Gilded Age after the Civil War, argues cultural historian Christopher Benfey, the nation lost its philosophical moorings and looked eastward to ?Old Japan,? with its seemingly untouched indigenous culture, for balance and perspective. Japan, meanwhile, was trying to reinvent itself as a more cosmopolitan, modern state,... more...

  • Homosexuality and Manliness in Postwar Japanby Jonathan D. Mackintosh

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 54.95

    Japan?s first professionally produced, commercially marketed and nationally distributed gay lifestyle magazine, Barazoku (?The Rose Tribes?), was launched in 1971. Publicly declaring the beauty and normality of homosexual desire, Barazoku electrified the male homosexual world whilst scandalising mainstream society, and sparked a vibrant period... more...

  • Samurai Talesby Romulus Hillsborough; Kiyoharu Omino

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 19.95

    Samurai Tales is about the legendary men reborn from the samurai class who fought for the helm of power in 19th century Japan. In an internecine war that was unique in its scope and character, Hillsborough gives us a rare and fascinating look at the men who were willing to sacrifice their lives for their leaders and their country. Names like Sakamoto... more...

  • The Essential Karate Bookby Graeme Lund; Morne Swanepoel

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 18.99

    The Essential Karate Book is an illustrated, informative guide to the techniques, philosophy and practice of karate With 20 chapters covering practically every aspect of karate, this in-depth reference will assist students and instructors as they plot their course through karate instruction, benefiting those at all levels. The Essential Karate... more...

  • Beachheadsby Gerald Figal

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2012; US$ 38.99

    This original and fresh book explores Okinawa?s makeover as a tourist mecca in the long historical shadow and among the physical ruins of the Pacific War?s most devastating land battle. Gerald Figal considers how a place burdened by a history of semicolonialism, memories of war and occupation, economic hardship, and contentious current political... more...