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Japan

  • Right Thoughts at the Last Momentby Jacqueline I. Stone; Robert E. Buswell

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 68.00

    Buddhists across Asia have often aspired to die with a clear and focused mind, as the historical Buddha himself is said to have done. This book explores how the ideal of dying with right mindfulness was appropriated, disseminated, and transformed in premodern Japan, focusing on the late tenth through early fourteenth centuries. By concentrating one?s... more...

  • Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japanby Sherry D. Fowler

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 70.00

    Buddhists around the world celebrate the benefits of worshipping Kannon (Avalokite?vara), a compassionate savior who is one of the most beloved in the Buddhist pantheon. When Kannon appears in multiple manifestations, the deity?s powers are believed to increase to even greater heights. This concept generated several cults throughout history: among... more...

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

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; 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...

  • Inheritance of Lossby Yukiko Koga

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 27.50

    How do contemporary generations come to terms with losses inflicted by imperialism, colonialism, and war that took place decades ago? How do descendants of perpetrators and victims establish new relations in today?s globalized economy? With Inheritance of Loss , Yukiko Koga approaches these questions through the unique lens of inheritance, focusing... more...

  • In Search of the Wayby Richard Bowring

    OUP Oxford 2016; US$ 114.99 US$ 103.49

    A history of intellectual and religious developments in Japan during the Tokugawa period (1582-1860), this volume deals with social, cultural, and religious interplay, primarily focusing on the Neo-Confucian search for the Way, a pattern of existence that could provide order for society at large, as well as self-fulfilment for the individual. more...

  • Fallacies in the Allied Nations' Historical Perception as Observed by a British Journalistby Henry Scott Stokes

    Hamilton Books 2016; US$ 29.99

    British journalist Henry Scott-Stokes describes the transformation of his understanding of the Greater East Asian War (the so-called Pacific War) from uncritical acceptance of the western colonialist?s version to realization of its absolute vacuousness. more...

  • Womanswordby Kittredge Cherry

    Stone Bridge Press 2016; US$ 12.99

    A linguistic portrait of Japanese womanhood, in a new edition that reveals how things have?and haven't?changed in 30 years more...

  • Shintoby Helen Hardacre

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 26.99 US$ 24.29

    Helen Hardacre offers for the first time in any language a sweeping, comprehensive history of Shinto, the tradition that is practiced by some 80% of the Japanese people and underlies the institution of the Emperor. more...

  • Tracing the Itinerant Pathby Caitilin J. Griffiths; Richard K. Payne

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 65.00

    Women have long been active supporters and promoters of Buddhist rituals and functions, but their importance in the operations of Buddhist schools has often been minimized. Chin?ichib? (??1344), a nun who taught male and female disciples and lived in her own temple, is therefore considered an anomaly. In Tracing the Itinerant Path, Caitilin Griffiths?... more...

  • The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarcerationby Karen Inouye

    Stanford University Press 2016; US$ 55.00

    The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration reexamines the history of imprisonment of U.S. and Canadian citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. Karen M. Inouye explores how historical events can linger in individual and collective memory and then crystallize in powerful moments of political engagement. Drawing on interviews and... more...