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  • The Pillow Bookby Sei Shonagon; Meredith McKinney

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 15.50

    A new translation of the idiosyncratic diary of a C10 court lady in Heian Japan. Along with the TALE OF GENJI, this is one of the major Japanese Classics. more...

  • Samuraiby John Man

    Transworld 2011; US$ 14.09

    The name 'Samurai' is synonymous with the ultimate warrior. With their elaborate armour, fierce swordsmanship and code of honour, the samurai have become iconic figures whose influence can still be felt today . From Kurosawa's epic Seven Samurai to the figure of Darth Vader in Star Wars , to Manga comics and video games, the figure of the fighting... more...

  • Ninjaby John Man

    Transworld 2012; US$ 12.68

    The Ninjas today are the stuff of myth and legend in comics, film and electronic games. But once they were real, the medieval equivalent of the SAS: spies, saboteurs, assassins. In their secrecy, under-cover skills and determination to survive, they were the opposite of the overt, self destructive samurai. Could they fly? Make themselves invisible?... more...

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

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2005; US$ 49.99

    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 US$ 59.50

    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 It is now considered a valuable historical document?albeit still provocative?as a pioneering sociological study of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku: Tokyo's infamous red-light district where the giving of pleasure became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 Problem of Women in Early Modern Japanby Marcia Yonemoto

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 70.00 US$ 59.50

    Early modern Japan was a military-bureaucratic state governed by patriarchal and patrilineal principles and laws. During this time, however, women had considerable power to directly affect social structure, political practice, and economic production. This apparent contradiction between official norms and experienced realities lies at the heart of... more...

  • Tokyo: A Biographyby Stephen Mansfield

    Tuttle Publishing 2016; US$ 15.99

    The history of Tokyo is as eventful as it is long. A concise yet detailed overview of this fascinating, centuries-old city, Tokyo: A Biography is a perfect companion volume for history buffs or Tokyo-bound travelers looking to learn more about their destination. In a whirlwind journey through Tokyo's past from its earliest beginnings up to the... more...

  • Homecomingsby Yoshikuni Igarashi

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 34.99

    Soon after the end of World War II, a majority of the nearly seven million Japanese civilians and serviceman posted overseas returned home. Heeding the call to rebuild, these soldiers helped remake Japan and enjoyed popularized accounts of their service. For those who took longer to return, such as the POWs detained in Siberian labor camps and the... more...

  • The Miracles of the Kasuga Deityby Royall Tyler

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 29.99

    In this annotated translation and study of an early fourteenth-century Japanese devotional picture scroll set, Royall Tyler illuminates the complex relationships between medieval Japanese religion and politics, text, and art. The Kasuga Gongen genki (The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity?) mingles text and painting on silk to tell the tale of miraculous... more...