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  • Japandemonium Illustratedby Toriyama Sekien; Hiroko Yoda; Matt Alt

    Dover Publications 2017; US$ 19.95

    First English publication of all four of Sekien's masterworks: The Illustrated Demons' Night Parade, More Illustrated Demons from Past and Present, Even More Demons from Past and Present, and An Idle Horde of Things. more...

  • Architects of Buddhist Leisureby Justin Thomas McDaniel; Mark Michael Rowe

    University of Hawaii Press 2017; US$ 68.00

    Buddhism, often described as an austere religion that condemns desire, promotes denial, and idealizes the contemplative life, actually has a thriving leisure culture in Asia. Creative religious improvisations designed by Buddhists have been produced both within and outside of monasteries across the region?in Nepal, Japan, Korea, Macau, Hong Kong,... more...

  • Taiwan's Transformationby John J. Metzler

    Palgrave Macmillan US 2017; US$ 115.51

    This book presents a cogent but comprehensive review of Taiwan?s socio-economic transformation from a Japanese colony to a thriving East Asian mini-state. Since the 1980?s, Taiwan has primarily been viewed as a thriving economic model. Though certainly true, this assessment belies the amazing social and political success story for 23 million people... more...

  • Japanese War Criminalsby Sandra Wilson; Robert Cribb; Beatrice Trefalt; Dean Aszkielowicz

    Columbia University Press 2017; US$ 69.99

    Beginning in late 1945, the United States, Britain, China, Australia, France, the Netherlands, and later the Philippines, the Soviet Union, and the People?s Republic of China convened national courts to prosecute Japanese military personnel for war crimes. The defendants included ethnic Koreans and Taiwanese who had served with the armed forces as... more...

  • The Ryukyu Kingdomby Mamoru Akamine; Robert Huey; Lina Terrell

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 62.00

    This English translation of a key work by one of Okinawa?s most respected historians, Mamoru Akamine, provides a compelling new picture of the role played by the Ryukyu Kingdom in the history of East Asia. Okinawa Island, from which the present-day Japanese prefecture derives its name, is the largest of the Ryukyu Islands, an archipelago that stretches... more...

  • The History Problemby Hiro Saito

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 62.00

    Seventy years have passed since the end of the Asia-Pacific War, yet Japan remains embroiled in controversy with its neighbors over the war?s commemoration. Among the many points of contention between Japan, China, and South Korea are interpretations of the Tokyo War Crimes Trial, apologies and compensation for foreign victims of Japanese aggression,... more...

  • Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japanby Amanda C. Seaman

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 62.00

    Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan is a wide-ranging account of how women writers have made sense (and nonsense) of pregnancy in postwar Japan. While earlier authors such as Yosano Akiko had addressed the pain and emotional complexities of childbearing in their poetry and prose, the topic quickly moved into the literary shadows when motherhood... more...

  • A Storied Sageby Micah L. Auerback

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 40.00

    Since its arrival in Japan in the sixth century, Buddhism has played a central role in Japanese culture. But the historical figure of the Buddha, the prince of ancient Indian descent who abandoned his wealth and power to become an awakened being, has repeatedly disappeared and reappeared, emerging each time in a different form and to different ends.... more...

  • Russia and Its Northeast Asian Neighborsby Kimitaka Matsuzato; Masafumi Asada; Shinichi Fumoto; Yoshiro Ikeda; Michiko Ikuta; Catherine Ladds; Kimitaka Matsuzato; Dmitrii B. Pavlov; Andreas Renner; Yukimura Sakon; Yaroslav Shulatov; Susumu Tsukase

    Lexington Books 2016; US$ 84.99

    This edited collection analyzes relations between Russia and the states of Northeast Asia from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of World War II. The contributors examine various historical, cultural, and diplomatic developments and argue that Russia?s influential role in Northeast Asia has often been underestimated by scholars. more...

  • Creating Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, 1945?2015by David Hunter-Chester

    Lexington Books 2016; US$ 99.99

    This study provides a comprehensive institutional history of Japan?s post-1945 army. It also analyzes representations of the military in popular culture, the place of soldiers in the formation of the country?s postwar national identity, and the social and political impact of constitutional restrictions on the military. more...