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  • Homosexuality and Manliness in Postwar Japanby Jonathan D. Mackintosh

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 49.95

    This book examines the history of the relationship between male homosexuality and conceptions of manliness in postwar Japan. It provides a detailed account of the formative years of the homo magazine genre in the 1970s, and explores its evolution in subsequent years, analyzing key issues including homophobia; gay liberation; male-male sex, love and... more...

  • Samurai Williamby Giles Milton

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003; US$ 8.99

    An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England and Japan, by the acclaimed author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg In 1611, the merchants of London's East India Company received a mysterious letter from Japan, written several years previously by a marooned English mariner named William Adams. Foreigners had been denied access to Japan for centuries,... more...

  • Hidden Horrorsby Yuki Tanaka

    Westview Press 1997; US$ 42.00

    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...

  • 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...

  • Japanese Castles 1540-1640by Stephen Turnbull; Peter Dennis

    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...

  • Defense of Japan 1945by Steven Zaloga; Steve Noon

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 14.95

    In 1945, with her fleet destroyed and her armies beaten, the only thing that stood between Japan and an Allied invasion was the numerous coastal defence positions that surrounded the islands. This is the first book to take a detailed look at the Japanese home island fortifications that were constructed during 1941-45. Utilizing diagrams, specially... more...

  • The Samurai Capture a King: Okinawa 1609by Stephen Turnbull; Richard Hook

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 9.95

    A brilliant but little-known operation, the Shimazu clan raid on the independent kingdom of Ryukyu (modern Okinawa) in 1609 is one of the most extraordinary episodes in samurai history and the culmination of centuries of rivalry between the two powers. The defeat of the Shimazu at Sekigahara in 1600, and their need to win favour with the new Shogun,... more...

  • Samurai Women 1184-1877by Stephen Turnbull; Giuseppe Rava

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 13.99

    Ever since the Empress Jingo-kogo led an invasion of Korea while pregnant with the future Emperor Ojin, tales of female Japanese warriors have emerged from Japan's rich history. Using material that has never been translated into English before, this book presents the story of Japan's female warriors for the first time, revealing the role of the women... more...

  • Hatamotoby Stephen Turnbull; Richard Hook

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 14.95

    Osprey's elite series title for Japan's samurai horse and foot guards, from 1540 to 1724. Each great samurai warlord, or daimyo, had a 'household division' of troops, known as the Hatamoto - 'those who stand under the flag'. The Hatamoto included the personal bodyguards, both horse (uma mawari) and foot (kachi); the senior generals (bugyo), the standard... more...

  • War in Japan 1467-1615by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    In 1467 the Onin War ushered in a period of unrivalled conflict and rivalry in Japan that came to be called the Age of Warring States or Sengoku Jidai. In this book Stephen Turnbull offers a masterly exposition of the Sengoku Jidai, detailing the factors that led to Japan's disintegration into warring states after more than a century of peace; the... more...