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Japan

  • Genshin’s Ōjōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japanby Robert F. Rhodes; Richard K. Payne

    University of Hawaii Press 2017; US$ 24.99

    The Ōjōyōshū, written by the monk Genshin (942–1017), is one of the most important texts in the history of Japanese religions. It is the first comprehensive guide to the doctrine and practice of Pure Land Buddhism written in Japan and so played a pivotal role in establishing this form of Buddhism in the country. In Genshin’s Ōjōyōshū and the... more...

  • Yokohama and the Silk Tradeby Yasuhiro Makimura

    Lexington Books 2017; US$ 99.00

    This study provides a political and economic examination of the impact of the silk trade on nineteenth-century Japan. It analyzes the role of Japan’s eastern interior region and the port of Yokohama and argues that the growth of the silk industry was largely responsible for the integration of Japan into the global economy. more...

  • The World War II Chroniclesby William Craig

    Open Road Media 2017; US$ 19.99

    A “virtually faultless” account of the final weeks of World War II in the Pacific and the definitive history of the battle for Stalingrad together in one volume ( The New York Times Book Review ). Author William Craig traveled to three different continents, reviewed thousands of documents, and interviewed hundreds of survivors to write these... more...

  • The Yengishikiby Fujiwara no Tokihira

    Dancing Unicorn Books 2017; US$ 0.99

    Rituals reflecting Shinto culture and beliefs, many of them drawing on the mythology of Shinto as reflected in the earlier Kojiki. In most cases the rituals take the form of prayers, but in some instances the text describes ritual practices as well. more...

  • Warfare in Japanby Harald Kleinschmidt

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 300.00

    Warfare in Japan from the fourth to the nineteenth century has caused much controversy among Western military and political historians. This volume assembles key articles written by specialists in the field on military organization, the social context of war, battle action, weapons and martial arts. The focus is on the transformation of patterns of... more...

  • The Politics and Literature Debate in Postwar Japanese Criticism, 1945–52by Atsuko Ueda; Michael K. Bourdaghs; Richi Sakakibara; Hirokazu Toeda; Odagiri Hideo; Hirano Ken; Sasaki Kiichi; Hanada Kiyoteru; Kurahara Korehito; Ara Masahito; Nakamura Mitsuo; Nakano Shigeharu; Honda Shugo; Kato Shuichi; Kawakami Tetsutaro; Takeuchi Yoshimi; Haniya Yutaka

    Lexington Books 2017; US$ 104.00

    This collection features works by Japanese intellectuals written in the immediate postwar period. These writings—many appearing in English for the first time—offer explorations into the social, political, and philosophical debates among Japanese literary elites that shaped the country’s literary culture in the aftermath of defeat. more...

  • Japanese Notebooksby Igort

    Chronicle Books LLC 2017; US$ 13.99

    Japan is a place of special fascination for the acclaimed international comics creator Igort, who has visited and lived there more than 20 times, and worked in the country's manga industry for more than a decade. In this masterful new book—part graphic memoir, part cultural meditation—Igort vividly recounts his personal experiences in Japan, creating... more...

  • Teikaby Paul S. Atkins

    University of Hawaii Press 2017; US$ 24.99

    Fujiwara no Teika (1162–1241) was born into an illustrious lineage of poets just as Japan’s ancien régime was ceding authority to a new political order dominated by military power. Overcoming personal and political setbacks, Teika and his allies championed a new style of poetry that managed to innovate conceptually and linguistically within the... more...

  • Heaven's Windby Stephen Earle

    North Atlantic Books 2017; US$ 14.95

    For the first time in English, Stephen Earle tells the epic story of Nakamura Tempu, one of Japan’s most inspirational twentieth-century thinkers and teachers, whose mind-body approach to personal transformation influenced hundreds of thousands, including prominent leaders in government, industry, and the arts. Earle chronicles Tempu’s origins in the... more...

  • Whose Back was Stabbed?by Koichi Mera

    Hamilton Books 2017; US$ 61.00

    This book reveals a hidden plot by FDR to join the European war through pressuring Japan into war, and the role played by the Soviet Union in promoting wars among capitalist countries. World War II changed the balance of countries in the world, with many European colonies gaining liberation at Japan’s expense. more...