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Japan

  • The Wages of Guiltby Buruma. Ian

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 18.95

    In this now classic book, internationally famed journalist Ian Buruma examines how Germany and Japan have attempted to come to terms with their conduct during World War II?a war that they aggressively began and humiliatingly lost, and in the course of which they committed monstrous war crimes. As he travels through both countries, to Berlin and Tokyo,... more...

  • To Hell and Backby Charles Pellegrino

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 28.99

    To Hell and Back offers readers a stunning, ?you are there? time capsule, wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino?s scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. Also available from compatible vendors is an enhanced e-book version containing never-before-seen... more...

  • Wind/ Pinballby Haruki Murakami

    Random House 2015; US$ 27.18

    Wind/Pinball includes Haruki Murakami?s first two novels, published back-to-back, available for the first time in English outside Japan. With a new introduction by the author. Published as a reversible hardback 'If you?re the sort of guy who raids the refrigerators of silent kitchens at three o?clock in the morning, you can only write accordingly.... more...

  • Kendoby Alexander C. Bennett

    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...

  • Nagasakiby Susan Southard

    Penguin Publishing Group 2015; US$ 28.95

    "A poignant and complex picture of the second atomic bomb?s enduring physical and psychological tolls. Eyewitness accounts are visceral and haunting.... But the book?s biggest achievement is its treatment of the aftershocks in the decades since 1945."? The New Yorker A powerful and unflinching account of the enduring impact of nuclear war, told... more...

  • The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Okinawaby Robert O'Neill; Dale Dye

    Osprey Publishing 2015; US$ 9.99

    On December 7, 1941, Japanese fighter planes appeared from the clouds above Pearl Harbor and fundamentally changed the course of history; with this one surprise attack, the previously isolationist America was irrevocably thrown into the fray and World War II had begun in earnest. This definitive history reveals each of the major battles that America... more...

  • Making Modern Japanese-Style Paintingby Chelsea Foxwell

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 65.00

    The Western discovery of Japanese paintings at nineteenth-century world?s fairs and export shops catapulted Japanese art to new levels of international popularity. With that popularity, however, came criticism, as Western writers began to lament a perceived end to pure Japanese art and a rise in westernized cultural hybrids. The Japanese response:... 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...

  • Yureiby Zack Davisson

    Chin Music Press Inc. 2015; US$ 22.95

    An eerie yet insightful exploration into the phenomenon of yurei , or Japanese ghosts, both past and present. more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Japanese Foreign Policyby Mayako Shimamoto; Koji Ito; Yoneyuki Sugita

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 124.99

    The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Foreign Policy includes a chronology, an introduction, , appendixes , and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. more...