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  • The Book of Ninjaby Anthony Cummins

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 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 book has... more...

  • The Manhattan Projectby Al Cimino

    Arcturus Digital Limited 2015; US$ 1.99

    The ramifications of the Manhattan Project are with us to this day. The atomic bombs that came out of it brought an end to the war in the Pacific, but at a heavy loss of life in Japan and the opening of a Pandora's box that has tested international relations. This book traces the history of the Manhattan Project, from the first glimmerings of the... more...

  • Geishaby Mineko Iwasaki; Rande Brown

    Atria Books 2002; US$ 17.00

    GEISHA, A LIFE "No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story. We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition and by the sanctity of our exclusive calling...But I feel it is time to speak out." Celebrated as the most successful geisha of her... more...

  • The Japan--South Korea Identity Clashby Brad Glosserman; Scott Snyder

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Japan and South Korea are Western-style democracies with open-market economies committed to the rule of law. They are also US allies. However, despite their shared interests, shared values, and geographic proximity, divergent national identities have driven a wedge between them. Drawing on decades of expertise, Brad Glosserman and Scott Snyder investigate... more...

  • Kimono Mindby Bernard Rudofsky

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 28.95

    An appreciative and unsparing look at Japan by an unusually perceptive and intelligent traveler and student of life and human nature, who lived for two years with the Japanese, far from the tourist route. more...

  • Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Ageby Mark McLelland

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2005; US$ 47.99

    Scholarship on Japan has recently broadened to include minority perspectives on communities from marginal workers to those whose sexuality has long been overlooked. This volume, with its combination of fieldwork in the gay and lesbian communities and the use of historical sources such as journals and documents, breaks important new ground in this field.... more...

  • Monster of the Twentieth Centuryby Robert Thomas Tierney

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 70.00

    This extended monograph examines the work of the radical journalist Kotoku Shusui and Japan?s anti-imperialist movement of the early twentieth century. It includes the first English translation of Imperialism (Teikokushugi), Kotoku?s classic 1901 work. Kotoku Shusui was a Japanese socialist, anarchist, and critic of Japan?s imperial expansionism... more...

  • The Nightless Cityby J. E. de Becker

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.00

    When The Nightless City was first published in 1899, it was deemed taboo in polite circles. It is now considered a valuable historical document?albeit still provocative?as a pioneering sociological study of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku: Tokyo's infamous red-light district where the giving of pleasure became both a tradition and a business. A consequence... more...

  • The Ryukyu Kingdomby Robert Huey; Mamoru Akamine; 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...

  • Inventing Japanby Ian Buruma

    Random House Publishing Group 2003; US$ 16.00

    In a single short book as elegant as it is wise, Ian Buruma makes sense of the most fateful span of Japan?s history, the period that saw as dramatic a transformation as any country has ever known. In the course of little more than a hundred years from the day Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in his black ships, this insular, preindustrial realm mutated... more...