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  • Tales of the Samuraiby James S. de Benneville

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 19.95

    A young lord undertakes the restoration of his family's fortunes and honor in this gripping retelling of a 15th-century Japanese epic. Gripping and evocative, this excellent translation recounts rebellions, plots, and battles. more...

  • Legends of the Samuraiby Hiroaki Sato

    Gerald Duckworth & Co 2012; US$ 11.99

    Over the decades the reputation of the Samurai has grown to mythical proportions, from the films of Kurasawa in the 1950s to recent critical successes such as Zatoichi and 13 Assassins. Legends of the Samurai represents the ultimate anthology of classic Samurai texts, masterfully translated by Hiroaki Sato and accompanied by his insightful commentary.... more...

  • The War Against Japan, 1941-1945by John J. Sbrega

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 55.00

    With over 5,200 entries, this volume remains one of the most extensive annotated bibliographies on the USA?s fight against Japan in the Second World War. Including books, articles, and de-classified documents up to the end of 1987, the book is organized into six categories: Part 1 presents reference works, including encyclopedias, pictorial accounts,... more...

  • The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japanby Federico Marcon

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 45.00

    Between the early seventeenth and the mid-nineteenth century, the field of natural history in Japan separated itself from the discipline of medicine, produced knowledge that questioned the traditional religious and philosophical understandings of the world, developed into a system (called honz ogaku ) that rivaled Western science in complexity?and... more...

  • Japanby Frank Baldwin; Anne Allison

    NYU Press 2015; US$ 22.95

    On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake off Japan?s northeast coast triggered a tsunami that killed more than 20,000 people, displaced 600,000, and caused billions of dollars in damage as well as a nuclear meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan, the world?s third largest economy, was already grappling with recovery from... more...

  • Christ's Samuraiby Jonathan Clements

    Little, Brown Book Group 2016; US$ 18.99

    The sect was said to harbour dark designs to overthrow the government. Its teachers used a dead language that was impenetrable to all but the innermost circle of believers. Its priests preached love and kindness, but helped local warlords acquire firearms. They encouraged believers to cast aside their earthly allegiances and swear loyalty to... more...

  • The Book of Ninjaby Anthony Cummins

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 25.00

    The Book of Ninja , the ultimate ninjutsu manual, was penned in 1676 by a ninja known as Fujibayashi. Born in the post-civil war era of Japan, Fujibayashi collected and combined information from the ninja clans of Iga - regarded to be the homeland of the ninja - and compiled it into an authoritative book. Known as The Bansenhukai , this book has... more...

  • The Vaccinatorsby Ann Jannetta

    Stanford University Press 2007; US$ 24.95

    The Vaccinators examines the way a new generation of physicians in Tokugawa Japan transmitted global knowledge of Jennerian vaccination--a new medical technology that prevented smallpox. more...

  • Japan Viewed from Interdisciplinary Perspectivesby Yoneyuki Sugita; Bruce Cumings; Karl Gustafsson; Steven Heine; Toru Oga; Yuki Ooi; Nissim Otmazgin; John Paden; Juha Saunavaara; Mayako Shimamoto; Judith Snodgrass; Marie Söderberg; Yoneyuki Sugita; Victor Teo; Christopher Weiss

    Lexington Books 2015; US$ 99.99

    Situating itself within contemporary Japan, this edited collection raises questions about globalization, Japan's relationships with other Asian countries, and the continued importance of U.S.?Japan relations. The contributors analyze the historical development of the region and its current situation from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives... more...

  • Beyond Nationby Richard Calichman

    Stanford University Press 2016; US$ 65.00

    In the work of writer Abe Kobo (1924-1993), characters are alienated both from themselves and from one another. Through close readings of Abe's work, Richard Calichman reveals how time and writing have the ability to unground identity. Over time, attempts to create unity of self cause alienation, despite government attempts to convince people to form... more...