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  • 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...

  • The Human Tradition in Modern Japanby Anne Walthall

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2002; US$ 32.99

    The Human Tradition in Modern Japan is a collection of short biographies of ordinary Japanese men and women, most of them unknown outside their family and locality, whose lives collectively span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Their stories present a counterweight to the prevailing stereotypes, providing students with depictions of real people... more...

  • Nagautaby William P. Malm

    Tuttle Publishing 1963; US$ 9.99

    This study of Japanese music explore Nagauta or literally "long song"?the delicate and complex music that accompanies kabuki theater?in great detail. The Kabuki theater of Japan has achieved a growing reputation as one of the world's most brilliant achievements in the field of theater. And the number of studies made on the subject in the West... more...

  • Statecraft and Spectacle in East Asiaby Adam Clulow

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    Statecraft and Spectacle in East Asia is a multidisciplinary collection of essays that explores the intertwined histories of Taiwan and Japan across the long sweep of the early modern and modern periods. Drawing on new research by scholars from Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, it moves beyond the conventional focus on the mechanics of the... more...