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  • Paradeby Shuichi Yoshida

    Random House 2014; US$ 14.38

    Four twenty-somethings share an apartment in Tokyo. In Parade each tells their story: their lives, their hopes and fears, their loves, their secrets. Kotomi waits by the phone for a boyfriend who never calls. Ryosuke wants someone that he can?t have. Mirai spends her days drawing and her nights hanging out in gay bars. Naoki works for... more...

  • Samurai 1550-1600by Anthony Bryant; Angus Mcbride

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 14.95

    This title details the culture, weapons, armour and training of the elite samurai warrior class in the fascinating Age of Battles period (1550-1600). This was a period of vital importance not only because of the political effects of the chaos but also due to the changes in warfare that occurred. In 1542 the Portuguese introduced the matchlock musket... 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...

  • 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... more...

  • Bending Adversityby David Pilling

    Penguin Publishing Group 2014; US$ 18.00

    James Fallows, The New York Times Book Review ?The ground-zero disaster reporting will command the attention of any reader . Pilling vividly recreates the waves of different sorts of destruction... For me, these scenes powerfully recall John Hersey?s Hiroshima --and although the causes were obviously different, in each case the longest-lasting... more...

  • A Diplomat in Japanby Ernest Satow

    Tuttle Publishing 1983; US$ 12.95

    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$ 26.99

    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$ 29.95

    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 has been considerable. Yet, in spite of the fact that so much of the unique brilliance of the kabuki stage depends on the character of its music, the manner... more...

  • The Book of Ninjaby Anthony Cummins

    Watkins Media 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... more...