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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Scottish Samuraiby Alexander McKay

    Canongate Books 2012; US$ 15.83

    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...

  • Photography in Japan 1853 - 1912by Terry Bennett

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 65.00

    Photography in Japan 1853-1912 is an authoritative and unique visual record of Japan's metamorphosis from a feudal society to a modern, industrial nation. The 350 old and rare images in this book, most of them published here for the first time, not only chronicle the introduction of photography in Japan, but also demonstrate how early photographic... more...

  • Resistant Islandsby Gavan McCormack; Satoko Oka Norimatsu

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2012; US$ 28.99

    Resistant Islands offers the first comprehensive overview of Okinawan history from earliest times to the present, focusing especially on the recent period of colonization by Japan, its disastrous fate during World War II, and its current status as a glorified US military base. The issue of the base is a hot button in Japan and has become more... more...

  • Beauty In Disarrayby Harumi Setouchi; Sanford Goldstein; Kazuji Ninomiya

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 18.95

    Setouchi was eminently qualified to write this historical novel on women's liberation in Japan, which had its roots in sexual politics, socialism, and anarchism, movements in decline following the famous massacre after the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo and neighboring prefectures on September 1, 1923. Among those put to death in the... more...

  • Beyond the Western Liberal Orderby Ryoko Nakano

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 95.00

    This book introduces the political thought of Yanaihara Tadao (1893-1961), the most prominent Japanese social scientist working on empire, population migration and colonial policy, and uses it as a platform which to examine the global challenges faced by the U.S. hegemonic world order today, or what is often described as the Western liberal order. 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$ 16.95

    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 history–in–brief of... more...

  • Bending Adversityby David Pilling

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 14.99

    ?[A]n excellent book...? -- The Economist Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese citizenry, including novelist Haruki Murakami, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists... more...