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- Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.00
When The Nightless City was first published in 1899, it was deemed taboo in polite circles. It is now considered a valuable historical document?albeit still provocative?as a pioneering sociological study of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku: Tokyo's infamous red-light district where the giving of pleasure became both a tradition and a business. A consequence... more...
- University of California Press 2015; US$ 32.95
Kendo is the first in-depth historical, cultural, and political account in English of the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship, from its beginnings in military training and arcane medieval schools to its widespread practice as a global sport today. Alexander Bennett shows how kendo evolved through a recurring process of "inventing tradition," which... more...
- Stanford University Press 2015; US$ 24.95
The Japanese passion for photography is almost a cliché, but how did it begin? Although Japanese art photography has been widely studied this book is the first to demonstrate how photography became an everyday activity. Japan's enthusiasm for photography emerged alongside a retail and consumer revolution that marketed products and activities that... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2003; US$ 15.00
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...
- 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...
- 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...
- Westview Press 1997; US$ 29.99
This book documents for the first time previously hidden Japanese atrocities in World War II, including cannibalism; the slaughter and starvation of prisoners of war; the rape, enforced prostitution, and murder of noncombatants; and biological warfare experiments.The author describes how desperate Japanese soldiers consumed the flesh of their own... more...
- 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...
- Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 14.95
The landscape of 16th- and 17th-century Japan was dominated by the graceful and imposing castles constructed by the powerful ?daimyo? of the period. In this the most turbulent era in Japanese history, these militarily sophisticated structures provided strongholds for the consolidation and control of territory, and inevitably they became the focus for... more...