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

    Tuttle Publishing 1997; US$ 16.95

    These classic Japanese short stories are masterfully translated and a joy to read. 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... more...

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

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    This collection of Japanese literature features the works of noted Japanese novelist Koda Rohan. Japanese literary history usually classifies Koda Rohan as an idealist writer, and the three stories included in this anthology belong to this genre. The Five-Storied Pagoda , one of Koda's best-known works, is the moving account of a misunderstood... more...

  • The Togakushi Legend Murdersby Yasuo Uchida; David J. Selis

    Tuttle Publishing 2004; US$ 17.95

    When the body of one of Nagano Prefecture's most prominent businessmen is found propped against a tree on Poison Plain, home of the legendary Demoness Maple, Inspector Takemura finds himself searching for the killer with the help and hindrance of an esteemed Tokyo professor and a beautiful university student. As the bodies begin to multiply in the... 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

    First published as Hanamushiro in 1948, the setting for The Flower Mat is eighteenth-century Japan, a time when familes were bound together by a rigid code of honor and individual lives were of necessity valued far less than the interests of the group. It tells of a young bride, Ichi, born into such a tradition, groomed in the virtues of ideal... more...

  • And Thenby Soseki Natsume; Norma Moore Field

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 16.95

    "A Japanese writer of genius."? Japan Quarterly Soseki Natsume is considered to be one of Japan's most beloved and respected authors. And Then is ranked as one of his most insightful and stirring novels. Daisuke, the protagonist, is a man in his twenties who is struggling with his personal purpose and identity as well as the changing social... more...

  • The Heredity of Tasteby Soseki Natsume; Sammy I. Tsunematsu

    Tuttle Publishing 2005; US$ 12.95

    Written in eight days, in December 1905, and published in the January 1906 issue of the magazine Teikoku Bungaku (Imperial Literature), Shumi no iden ( The Heredity of Taste ) is Soseki Natsume's only anti-war work. Chronicling the mourning process of a narrator haunted by his friend's death, the story reveals Soseki's attitude to the atrocity of... more...

  • To the Spring Equinox and Beyondby Soseki Natsume; Kingo Ochiai; Sanford Goldstein

    Tuttle Publishing 2005; US$ 17.95

    Legendary Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume dissects the human personality in all its complexity in this unforgettable narrative. Keitaro, a recent college graduate, lives a life intertwined with several other characters, each carrying their own emotional baggage. Romantic, practical, and philosophical themes enable Soseki to explore the very meaning... more...

  • Early Modern Japanese Literatureby Haruo Shirane

    Columbia University Press 2002; US$ 34.99

    This is the first anthology ever devoted to early modern Japanese literature, spanning the period from 1600 to 1900, known variously as the Edo or the Tokugawa, one of the most creative epochs of Japanese culture. This anthology, which will be of vital interest to anyone involved in this era, includes not only fiction, poetry, and drama, but also... more...

  • I Am a Catby Natsume Soseki; Aiko Ito; Graeme Wilson

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 19.95

    "A nonchalant string of anecdotes and wisecracks, told by a fellow who doesn't have a name, and has never caught a mouse, and isn't much good for anything except watching human beings in action..." ? The New Yorker Written over the course of 1904-1906, Soseki Natsume's comic masterpiece, I Am a Cat , satirizes the foolishness of upper-middle-class... more...