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  • Comrade Loves of the Samuraiby Ihara Saikaku; Edward Powys Mathers

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 14.95

    In Comrade Loves of a Samurai , the theme of homosexual love between the samurai is explored. To the old Japanese such love among samurai was quite permissible. The sons of samurai families were urged to form homosexual alliances while youth lasted, and often these loves matured into lifelong companionships. Saikaku describes Japanese love scenes... more...

  • The Chinese Storyteller's Bookby Michael David Kwan

    Tuttle Publishing 2001; US$ 14.95

    Imagine a universe constructed in layers: At the top is Heaven—where the gods live. Beneath is the Earth, where people dwell. And beneath the Earth lies a magical realm of witches, vampires, ghosts, and immortal foxes capable of assuming human form. This is the universe of Chinese folktale. The nine tales in The Chinese Storytellers Book show what... more...

  • Classic Haikuby Yuzuru Miura

    Tuttle Publishing 1992; US$ 14.95

    Sparrows Playing hide-and-seek Among the tea blossoms. —Kobayashi Issa Haiku, the traditional Japanese verse form composed of seventeen syllables, can express a dramatic scene or philosophical idea in a single line of verse. In this collection, haiku poet Yuzuru Miura has selected and translated poems by past masters such as Basho and Buson, as... more...

  • Haiku Momentby Bruce Ross

    Tuttle Publishing 1993; US$ 18.95

    Kagero Nikki , translated here as The Gossamer Years , belongs to the same period as the celebrated Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikuibu. This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation... more...

  • Three-Cornered Worldby Soseki Natsume; Alan Turney

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    Soseki Natsume is the pen name of Natsume Kin'nosuke, born in 1867 in Japan. A scholar of Chinese, Japanese and English literature, Soseki Natsume has written some of Japan's most beloved novels including I Am a Cat, The Gate (Mon), and And Then. He is so revered in Japan that his image appeared on the 1000 yen note for twenty years. Alan... more...

  • Inside My Glass Doorsby Natsume Soseki; Sammy I. Tsunematsu

    Tuttle Publishing 2002; US$ 12.95

    Originally published as Garusudo no Uchi in daily serialization in the Asahi newspaper in 1915, before appearing in book form, this is the first time Inside My Glass Doors has been published in English. It is a moving literary reminiscence, a collection of thirty-nine autobiographical essays penned a year before the author's death. Written in... more...

  • Spring Miscellanyby Soseki Natsume; Sammy I. Tsunematsu

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 12.95

    Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), novelist and scholar of English literature, is widely considered the foremost novelist of the Meiji period (1868-1914). Among his works, I am a Cat and Master Darling are especially known to almost every Japanese. His portrait is printed on the Japanese 1,000-yen note. After graduating from Tokyo Imperial University in... more...

  • The Izu Dancer and Other Storiesby Yasunari Kawabata; Yasushi Inoue

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 14.95

    This Japanese literature collection contains four translated stories from two of Japan's most beloved and acclaimed fiction writers. The Izu Dancer , Yasunari Kawabata's first work to bring him recognition as a writer, is a novella about six Izu Peninsula travelers. As the six travelers journey together, intimacy develops and friendship overcomes... more...

  • The Needle-Watcherby Richard Blaker

    Tuttle Publishing 1989; US$ 16.95

    This fascinating novel reconstructs the story of Will Adams, a native of Gillingham, in Kent, England, and his voyage to Japan in the seventeenth century. Adams' knowledge of seafaring vessels at the time causes him to be taken into the favor of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and,in time,to become recognized as the founder of the Japanese navy. Adams... more...

  • Darkness in Summerby Takeshi Kaiko; Cecilia Segawa Seigle

    Tuttle Publishing 2005; US$ 16.95

    "This intensely modern novel … provides vivid insights into the alienated condition of a certain type of Japanese whom we may so often glimpse in the streets of Rome or New York—intelligent, perceptive, and desperately lost between two worlds."—Ivan Morris, author of The Nobility of Failure Darkness in Summer is the first serious work of Japanese... more...