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- Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 12.99
Readers of medieval Japanese literature have long been captivated by its romance and philosophy. In this volume, two acclaimed thirteenth-century classics, The Ten Foot Square Hut and Tales of the Heike , are presented in translation. The Ten Foot Square Hut (the Hojoki ) takes its title from a four and half mat sized Tearoom, the size of the... more...
- Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 6.99
**Winner of the Noma Prize for New Writers** Set in rural Japan as the height of the bubble economy, Distant Thunder tells of a farming village gradually effaced by urbanization, corruption, and greed. After Matsuzo Wada has sold off the family's land and left his wife for another woman, his son Mitsuo is determined to support himself and his... more...
- Tuttle Publishing 1997; US$ 6.99
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...
- Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 15.99
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...
- Tuttle Publishing 2004; US$ 11.99
Murder and mayhem are coupled with Japanese folklore and fable in this riveting tale of suspense. 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... more...
- Tuttle Publishing 2007; US$ 8.99
Twenty Four Eyes is a deeply pacifist Japanese novel based on the perversion and inhumanity of modern war. Set on Shodoshima, a small island in the Inland Sea, and covering a twentyyear period embracing prewar, wartime, and early postwar Japan, it centers on the relationship between a primary school teacher, Miss Oishi, and the twelve island children... more...
- Tuttle Publishing 2006; US$ 5.99
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...
- Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 6.99
Published here for the first time in English, My Individualism and The Philosophical Foundations of Literature are essays which explore issues close to famed Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume's heart: the philosophical and cultural significance of isolation, belonging and identity associated with rapid technological, industrial and cultural change.... more...
- Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 16.99
"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...
- Tuttle Publishing 2005; US$ 5.99
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...