The Cloud Pavilion: A Novel (Sano Ichiro Novels)

By Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, 1701. A terrified girl is brutally attacked amid a swirling hurricane of clouds. in the meantime, at Edo fortress, samurai detective became chamberlain, Sano Ichiro, is suspicious of his previous rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative given that strolling back from exile. yet simply as Yanagisawa's precise explanations start to emerge, Sano's estranged uncle involves him for support: His daughter has disappeared, and he begs Sano and his spouse, Reiko―who as soon as suffered throughout the kidnapping in their personal son―to locate her prior to it truly is too late.

Publishers Weekly calls Laura Joh Rowland's The Cloud Pavilion "One of the easiest mysteries of the year."

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Hokusai (Mega Square)

Through his dependent brush work and masterful woodblocks, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) grew to become one among Japan’s such a lot internationally-renowned artists. A grasp of ukiyo-eart, he singlehandedly reworked the artwork shape from an easy sort fascinated by courtesans and recognized actors right into a grander kind depicting the great thing about nature obvious via landscapes and natural world. His type of artwork and his matters advanced as repeatedly as he replaced his identify, yet Hokusai’s expertise as an artist remained consistent and his influential function in later paintings pursuits equivalent to paintings Nouveau and Impressionism is still eternal.

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Twinkle Twinkle

By Kaori Ekuni

They acquired married ten days in the past. They have not had intercourse but they usually do not intend to.

As it became out, the single technique to make their mom and dad get off their backs approximately attempting to "find somebody" used to be really discovering somone--with whom to place marriage for convey. Mutsuki is stictly homosexual and has a boyfriend, whereas Shoko is a scientific case of emotional instability who is in no form for a dating. they have every one present in the opposite an ideal associate for a sham marriage. because the conspirators' mom and dad recognize in their personal kid's undesirability, yet no longer the spouse's, the union manages to delight them. And whereas the newlyweds wish, of their personal manner, to dwell fortunately ever after, they necessarily come face t o face with the truth that no marriage genuine or staged, is a fairy story.

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Japan: A Reinterpretation

By Patrick Smith

Present Affairs/Asian Studies

Winner of the out of the country Press membership Award
for the simplest ebook on international Affairs
A manhattan instances awesome publication of the year

"A stimulating, provocative ebook . . . clean and valuable."  
--The manhattan occasions booklet Review

In 1868, Japan suddenly reworked itself from a feudal society right into a glossy business kingdom. In 1945, the japanese switched simply as rapidly from imperialism and emperor-worship to a democracy. this present day, argues Patrick Smith, Japan is in the middle of both unexpected and critical change.

In this award-winning e-book, Smith bargains a groundbreaking framework for figuring out the Japan of the following millennium. This time, Smith asserts, Japan's transformation is one in every of consciousness--a reconception by means of the japanese in their kingdom and themselves.  Drawing at the voices of eastern artists, educators, leaders, and usual electorate, Smith unearths a "hidden background" that demanding situations the West's concentrate on Japan as a effectively modernized state. And it's via this unacknowledged heritage that he indicates why the japanese stay in a dysfunctional process that marginalizes girls, dissidents, and indigenous peoples; why the "corporate warrior" is a fable; and why the presence of 47,000 American troops persists as a holdover from a prior era.  The way forward for Japan, Smit indicates, lies in its voters' skill to create new identities and chances for themselves--so making a country the place person rights subject up to collective financial good fortune. Authoritative, wealthy intimately, Japan: A Re
interpretation is our first post-Cold conflict account of the japanese and a well timed advisor to a society whose transformation may have a profound impression at the remainder of the realm within the coming years.

"Excellent . . . a penetrating examination."
--International usher in Tribune

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Pinball, 1973

By Haruki Murakami

Pinball, 1973 (1973年のピンボール ,1973-nen no pinbōru) is a unique released in 1980 via jap writer Haruki Murakami. the second one ebook within the "Trilogy of the Rat" sequence, it really is preceded by means of listen the Wind Sing (1979) and by way of A Wild Sheep Chase (1982), and is the second one novel written by means of Murakami.

All 3 books within the Trilogy of the Rat were translated into English, yet Pinball, 1973, and listen to The Wind Sing, the 1st books within the trilogy, have been in basic terms revealed as English translations in Japan through Kodansha lower than their Kodansha English Library branding, and either purely as A6-sized pocketbooks. They have been by no means generally dispensed, and at the moment are out of print, notwithstanding Pinball, 1973 is via some distance the more durable to discover because it was once in all probability no longer revealed in as many copies as its precursor. Murakami is claimed to have stated that he doesn't intend for those novels to be released open air of Japan. even if this can be actual, either novels are a lot shorter than those who keep on with and make up the majority of his paintings, and are much less developed stylistically. as a result of its restricted book, the English translation of Pinball, 1973 is the main infrequent (and the most costly) novel released via Murakami. The identify, 1973-nen no Pinbōru (1973年のピンボール) displays the name of the well known Oe Kenzaburo novel, Man'en Gannen no Futtoboru (万延元年のフットボール).

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Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan

Because the past due 19th century, non secular principles and practices in Japan became more and more intertwined with these linked to psychological future health and therapeutic. This courting constructed opposed to the backdrop of a much broader, and deeply consequential assembly: among Japan’s long-standing, Chinese-influenced highbrow and institutional kinds, and the politics, technological know-how, philosophy, and faith of the post-Enlightenment West. In striving to craft a contemporary society and tradition which could exist on phrases with – instead of be subsumed through – western strength and effect, Japan grew to become domestic to a religion--psy discussion trained through urgent political priorities and quickly transferring cultural concerns.

This ebook offers a traditionally contextualized advent to the discussion among faith and psychotherapy in sleek Japan. In doing so, it attracts out connections among advancements in drugs, govt coverage, jap faith and spirituality, social and cultural feedback, local dynamics, and gender kinfolk. The chapters all specialise in the assembly and intermingling of spiritual with psychotherapeutic principles and draw on a variety of case reports together with: how temple and shrine ‘cures’ of early sleek Japan fared within the gentle of German neuropsychiatry; how eastern Buddhist theories of brain, physique, and self-cultivation negotiated with the findings of western drugs; how Buddhists, Christians, and different organisations and teams drew and redrew the traces among non secular praxis and mental therapeutic; how significant ecu remedies comparable to Freud’s fed into self-consciously jap analyses of and coverings for the ills of the age; and the way misery, agony, and individuality got here to be reinterpreted around the 20th and early twenty-first centuries, from the southern islands of Okinawa to the devastated northern neighbourhoods of the Tohoku quarter after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear mess ups of March 2011.

Religion and Psychotherapy in glossy Japan could be welcomed through scholars and students operating throughout a vast diversity of topics, together with eastern tradition and society, non secular reviews, psychology and psychotherapy, psychological overall healthiness, and overseas historical past.

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Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Investment Techniques of the Far East

By Steve Nison

Conventional Western tools for chart research (the foundation of all technical analyses) use bar or issues and determine charts. but over a hundred years sooner than those equipment originated, the japanese have been utilizing their very own sort of technical research to be used within the rice futures industry. this system - often called the japanese Candlestick Charting strategies as a result of its shut resemblance to candlesticks - has lately been attracting cognizance since it presents distinctive insights into the industry. This paintings positive aspects over three hundred charts that use candlesticks by myself and at the side of Western charting ideas, and explains their use.

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Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan

By Alex Kerr

A unbelievable evaluate of the mess ups and successes of contemporary Japan.

In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the various features of Japan's contemporary, and protracted, crises -- from the failure of its banks and pension cash to the decline of its as soon as very good glossy cinema. he's the 1st to offer an entire record at the nation's endangered setting -- its beaches covered with concrete, its roads resulting in nowhere within the mountains -- in addition to its "monument frenzy," the destruction of outdated towns corresponding to Kyoto and development of drab new ones, and the attendant cave in of its vacationer undefined. Kerr writes with humor and fervour, for "passion," he says, "is a part of the tale. thousands of eastern suppose as heartbroken at what's going as I do. My jap buddies inform me, 'Please write this -- for us.'"

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Suicidal Narrative in Modern Japan: The Case of Dazai Osamu (Princeton Legacy Library)

By Alan Stephen Wolfe

Publish yr note: First released in 1990
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Dazai Osamu (1909-1948) is one among Japan''s most renowned literary suicides, referred to as the earliest postwar manifestation of the surely alienated author in Japan. during this first deconstructive analyzing of a latest eastern novelist, Alan Wolfe attracts on modern Western literary and cultural theories and on a data of Dazai''s paintings within the context of eastern literary historical past to supply a clean view of significant texts via this significant literary determine.

In the method, Wolfe revises eastern in addition to Western scholarship on Dazai and discovers new connections between suicide, autobiography, alienation, and modernization. As proven right here, Dazai''s writings face up to narrative and ancient closure; whereas he might be stated to serve the japanese literary institution as either romantic decadent and consultant scapegoat, his texts display a deconstructive side during which his posthumous prestige as a monument of negativity is already perceived and undone. Wolfe continues that cultural modernization pits a Western thought of the person as discovered self and coherent topic opposed to an jap absent self--and felt have to conquer this pressure evokes the autobiographical fiction so typical in eastern novels.

Suicidal Narrative in sleek Japan exhibits that Dazai''s texts additionally withstand readings that will get to the bottom of the gaps (East/West, self/other, modern/premodern) nonetheless everyday in eastern highbrow life.

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