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  • The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Meiby David Tod Roy

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 39.95

    In this third volume of a planned five-volume series, David Roy provides a complete and annotated translation of the famous Chin P'ing Mei , an anonymous sixteenth-century Chinese novel that focuses on the domestic life of His-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. This work, known primarily... more...

  • Rashomon and Other Storiesby Ryunosuke Akutagawa

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 14.95

    This collection of short stories includes "In a Grove", a psychologically sophisticated tale about murder, rape, and suicide; "Rashomon", the story of a thief scared into honesty by an encounter with a ghoul; and "Kesa and Morito", the story of man driven to kill someone he doesn't hate by a lover whom he doesn't love. "There are enough Swiftian... more...

  • Lotus & Other Tales of Medieval Japanby Takeshi Umehara; Paul McCarthy

    Tuttle Publishing 1997; US$ 16.95

    The medieval period in Japan, spanning the years from about 1200 to 1600, was a time of rapid cultural development that saw the emergence and refinement of many new art forms. One of these was the religious folk tale, or setsuwa, many collections of which were compiled during this time. Unlike the rarified court poems and accounts of aristocratic... more...

  • Pagoda, Skull & Samuraiby Koda Rohan; Chieko Irie Mulhern

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    Rohan Koda's activist heroes and unique literary creations embody lofty ideals and are likely to present readers everywhere with a fresh view of the constructive aspects of the Japanese personality in Pagoda Skull & Samurai. Japanese literary history usually classifies Rohan as an idealist writer, and the three stories in the present collection... more...

  • Twenty-Four Eyesby Sakae Tsuboi; Akira Miura

    Tuttle Publishing 2007; US$ 16.95

    Twenty-Four Eyes tracks the growth of twelve innocent children from childhood to adulthood through their relationship with a young school teacher. The naiveté of youth and the harsh reality of war-torn Japan clash in this honest coming-of-age story. more...

  • The Flower Matby Shugoro Yamamoto; Mihoko Inoue; Eileen B. Hennessy

    Tuttle Publishing 2006; US$ 14.95

    Set in eighteenth-century Japan, The Flower Mat unravels the story of a young bride born into a traditional family, groomed in the virtues of ideal womanhood, and finally tempered in tragedy brought about by political intrigue. Readers everywhere will find this a solid account of personal development and responsibility in the life of one Japanese... 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. His 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 was... more...

  • Out of the Eastby Lafcadio Hearn

    Tuttle Publishing 1989; US$ 12.95

    In works like these Hearn perceived and captured the essence of Japan as it was in the days when he fell under its spell and made Japan his adopted country. 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...

  • And Thenby Soseki Natsume; Norma Moore Field

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 16.95

    And Then , ranked as one of Soseki Natsume's most insightful and stirring novels, tells the story of Daisuke, a young Japanese man struggling with his personal purpose and identity, as well as the changing social landscape of Meiji-era Japan. As Japan enters the 20th century, ancient customs give way to western ideals, creating a perfect storm of... more...