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  • 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...

  • Scottish Samuraiby Alexander McKay

    Canongate Books 2012; US$ 15.79

    Thomas Glover arrived in Nagasaki in 1859, just as Japan was opening to the West. Within a few years he had played a crucial part in the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate, providing the rebels with war-winning, Scottish-designed warships, and modern arms. Bankruptcy by the age of thirty was barely a setback and he went on to become a pivotal figure... more...

  • Shinohataby Ronald Dore

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 19.99

    Not many foreigners have the chance to live in a Japanese village, certainly not foreigners who are sufficiently at home to do so as unobtrusively and intimately as the author of this book. Ronald Dore went to Shinohata twenty years ago when he was studying the land reform which broke the power of Japan's landlords. He went back many times thereafter... more...

  • Shinsengumiby Romulus Hillsborough

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 16.99

    Shinsengumi: The Shogun's last Samurai Corps is the true story of the notorious samurai corps formed in 1863 to arrest or kill the enemies of the Tokugawa Shogun. The only book in English about the Shinsengumi, it focuses on the corps' two charismatic leaders, Kondo Isami and Hijikata Toshizo, both impeccable swordsmen. It is a historyinbrief of... more...

  • A Diplomat in Japanby Ernest Satow

    Tuttle Publishing 1983; US$ 5.99

    A fascinating inside account of the epic clash between the Japanese in the West in its earliest days. Sir Ernest Satow entered the British diplomatic service in 1861, a fresh graduate of London University, shortly arriving in Yokohama as the pressure of the Western powers heightened to force Japan from her self-imposed seclusion. This illustrated... more...