The Little Book of Japan

By Charlotte Anderson

This compact commute pictorial and Japan trip consultant is choked with cultural and ancient details in addition to fascinating photographs.

Japan is a rustic shrouded in secret, even now within the twenty first century. The myriad elements that, whilst prepare, compose the full of this kingdom are most unlikely to totally trap. yet in The Little ebook of Japan, the dynamic photographer-writer group of Gorazd Vilhar and Charlotte Anderson do an admirable activity of constructing a party in phrases and pictures that encapsulates what makes this kingdom so extraordinary.

Small and simply transportable, The Little publication of Japan is equipped in a chain of forty four essays with images contained inside of 4 chapters: Cultural Icons, Traditions, locations and religious lifestyles. less than those 4 overarching beliefs, Vilhar and Anderson discover a variety of subject matters from jap cultural icons and traditions to Japan's religious lifestyles to its distinct towns and villages.

Broad adequate to meet someone with an curiosity within the tradition, paintings, and ideology of this specified island state, but complete adequate for the genuine Japanophile, The Little ebook of Japan is a beautiful number of images and considerate essays. With every thing from Cherry Blossoms to Sushi, Calligraphy to Kimonos, previous Tokyo to Hiroshima, to intimate information of Buddhism and Pilgrimages, this publication is a gorgeous and relaxing technique to study extra concerning the interesting island kingdom of Japan.

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Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives

Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives makes to be had for the 1st time to English readership a range of viewpoints from media practitioners, designers, educators, and students operating within the East Asian Pacific. This assortment not just engages a multidisciplinary procedure in realizing the topic of eastern animation but in addition indicates how one can examine, train, and extra absolutely discover this multidimensional world.

Presented in six sections, the translated essays cross-reference one another. the gathering adopts quite a lot of severe, ancient, sensible, and experimental techniques. This style offers an inventive and interesting side for either professional and nonspecialist readers. members’ works proportion a typical relevance, curiosity, and involvement regardless of their local issues and the several modes of research verified. They shape a composite of training and examine principles on eastern animation.

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An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful

By J. David Simons

An eminent British author returns to the lodge inn within the jap mountains the place he as soon as spent a stunning, snowed-in iciness. It used to be there he fell in love and wrote his best-selling novel, The Waterwheel, accusing the USA of being in denial in regards to the terrible aftermath of the Tokyo firebombings and the nuclear destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As we examine extra approximately his previous lifestyles, even if - as a pupil in Bloomsbury, concerned with a well-known American painter - we realize that he too is in denial, attempting to break out prior occasions which are now speedily catching up with him. A sweeping novel of East and West, love and struggle, truths and denials.

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Japan: The Art of Living

By Amy Slyvester Katoh, Shin Kimura

Achieve perception into either glossy and jap types with this wonderful jap inside layout book.

The jap conventional residence defines jap variety. the japanese, in spite of the fact that, being a pragmatic and imaginitive humans, don't so restrict themselves. They be aware of that there are occasions while the spirit breaks the boundaries of quiet simplicity.
In greater than three hundred appealing pictures of the houses of either Westerners and jap, this ebook offers the paintings of dwelling with jap kind, delivering fascinating new rules and thought for all. beautiful houses within the Tokyo region, targeting unique and engaging use of eastern antiques and folks crafts, are showcased. additionally incorporated is the most recent details on vintage markets and tricks for the place to determine the paintings of living—in galleries, fabric and craft outlets, and eating places.

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The Tale of Genji: Translation, Canonization, and World Literature

By Michael Emmerich

Formidable and engrossing, this quantity completely revises the traditional narrative of the story of Genji's early glossy and smooth background, arguing that till the Nineteen Thirties readers have been much less acquainted with the eleventh-century paintings than students have assumed. Exploring iterations of the paintings from the 1830s to the Fifties, Michael Emmerich demonstrates how translations and the worldwide movement of discourse they encouraged grew to become the story of Genji right into a broadly learn vintage, reframing not just our realizing of its value and impression but additionally the tactics that experience canonized the textual content. In doing so, he supplants the passive thought of “reception" with the energetic inspiration of “replacement," revitalizing the paintings of literary criticism.

Part I starts with an in depth interpreting of the lavishly produced bestseller A Fraudulent Murasaki's Bumpkin Genji (1829–1842), an version of Genji written and designed by means of Ryutei Tanehiko, with images through the nice print artist Utagawa Kunisada. Emmerich argues that this paintings, with its refined “image-text-book relations," first brought Genji to a well-liked eastern viewers, making a new mode of interpreting during which humans drawn to Genji learn a extra approachable model as a substitute. He then considers portable variety variants of Bumpkin Genji from 1888 to 1928 as “bibliographic translations," connecting traits in print and publishing to bigger advancements in nationwide literature and exhibiting how the one-time bestseller grew to become out of date. half II strains Genji's recanonization as a vintage on a world scale, revealing that it entered the canons of worldwide literature ahead of the textual content won acceptance in Japan—and that it used to be Suematsu Kencho's now-forgotten partial translation of Genji into English in 1882 that entire this, 4 a long time earlier than Arthur Waley's still-famous translation. Emmerich concludes by way of reading Genji's emergence of Genji as a “national classic" in the course of global warfare II and reports a big postwar demanding situations to examining the paintings during this mode. via his sustained critique, Emmerich upends scholarship on Japan's preeminent vintage, whereas remaking theories of global literature, continuity, and neighborhood.

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Japan: A Documentary History

By Ronald Laidlaw

An up-to-date and improved version of David Lu's acclaimed assets of jap historical past, this compilation of basic records provides in a transparent and obtainable structure, with complete annotation and incisive observation through Dr. Lu, readings translated from the unique eastern that conceal the complete spectrum of political, monetary, and diplomatic in addition to cultural and highbrow background in a time span that levels from Japan's mythological beginnings to the current. The earlier certainly is prologue: those files - written via eastern contemporaneous with the occasions defined - supply perception not just into the prior but additionally into Japan's modern civilization.

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Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era

By Eiji Yoshikawa

The vintage samurai novel concerning the actual exploits of the main recognized swordsman.

Miyamoto Musashi used to be the kid of an period while Japan was once rising from many years of civil strife. Lured to the good conflict of Sekigahara in 1600 through the desire of turning into a samurai-without particularly realizing what it meant-he regains awareness after the conflict to discover himself mendacity defeated, dazed and wounded between hundreds of thousands of the lifeless and loss of life. On his method domestic, he commits a rash act, turns into a fugitive and brings lifestyles in his personal village to a standstill-until he's captured by means of a weaponless Zen monk.

The beautiful Otsu, seeing in Musashi her perfect of manliness, frees him from his tortuous punishment, yet he's recaptured and imprisoned. in the course of 3 years of solitary confinement, he delves into the classics of Japan and China. whilst he's let loose back, he rejects the placement of samurai and for the subsequent a number of years pursues his aim relentlessly, taking a look neither to left nor to correct.

Ever so slowly it dawns on him that following the way in which of the Sword isn't really easily a question of discovering a objective for his brute energy. constantly striving to ideal his approach, which leads him to a special type of battling with swords at the same time, he travels everywhere, hard combatants of many disciplines, taking nature to be his final and severest instructor and present process the rigorous education of these who stick with the way in which. he's supremely profitable in his encounters, yet within the artwork of struggle he perceives the way in which of peaceable and filthy rich governance and disciplines himself to be a true man or woman.

He turns into a reluctant hero to a bunch of individuals whose lives he has touched and been touched by way of. And, necessarily, he has to pit his ability opposed to the bare blade of his maximum rival.

Musashi is a singular within the most sensible culture of jap tale telling. it's a dwelling tale, sophisticated and inventive, teeming with memorable characters, a lot of them ancient. Interweaving topics of unrequited love, erroneous revenge, filial piety and absolute commitment to the way in which of the Samurai, it depicts vividly a global Westerners be aware of in simple terms vaguely. choked with gusto and humor, it has an epic caliber and common charm.

The novel used to be made right into a three-part motion picture through Director Hiroshi Inagai. for additional info, stopover at the buying area.

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Japan: A 365 Day History

By Ben Stevens

From the Bestselling writer of THE ENNIN MYSTERIES and 神風 (小説)

An 'On this day', 240+ web page consultant to the background of a desirable nation.

THE quantity number one BESTSELLER ON AMAZON JP

Over 365 key occasions are documented, together with recognized births, deaths, battles, crimes, discoveries, scandals, innovations, speeches, artists, arrests, mess ups and lots more and plenty more.

Includes the mythical tale of THE forty seven RONIN, now successful motion picture starring Keanu Reeves.

Ideal for a person with an curiosity in Japanese/oriental background - old to modern.

From the writer of A GAIJIN'S advisor TO JAPAN (HarperCollins).

神風 (小説) 

ベン スティーブンズ、 小西みゆき

もし、命が明日までだと決められてしまったら、あなたは今日をどのように生きますか?

内容紹介

第二次世界大戦中、終戦間際の特攻隊二人の物語。日本の敗戦を確信しながらも、若者は死ななくてはならない。明日、アメリカ艦隊への特攻に出陣する兵士の生き様とその思い。

一体、僕は何のために死ぬんだ?日本はもう負けているのに、なぜ死ななくてはならないのか。

主人公 林武則は読まれることはないと知りながらも、家族へ向けて手紙を書く。

父さん、精神的にも肉体的にも耐えられない拷問を受け続け、十代という若さで国家のために死なねばならぬという、その事実を受け入れるしかないのです。

でも、父さん。僕は母さんと葉奈子のために死のう。日本国にいる全ての女の人を守るために死のう。そして、父さんのために死のう。父さんは、僕の父さんだから。もし僕がアメリカ戦艦を一隻でも爆破して、たくさんのアメリカ兵を負傷させ殺すことができたら、そしたら、日本を侵略するアメリカ戦艦を一隻、侵入してくるであろうアメリカ兵を一人でも減らすことができるんだ。

なぜ、この時代に生まれたんだろう。五十年前だって、五十年先だってよかったじゃないか。なぜ今なんだ?憎むべきものを、僕は憎めない。愛し、尽くすべきものを、僕は愛せない…

死と直面するそのとき、二人がとった行動とは……

作者からのコメント(-はじめに-から)

イギリス人の僕に特攻隊の話を書く資格があったのだろうか。神風特攻隊について書くほど、僕は何を持ち合わせているだろう。

Kamikaze diaryという本がこの小説をかくきっかけを与えてくれた。主人公、林と自分自身を重ね、林と同じ状況に立ってみる。彼は何を想い、考えていたであろうか。

執筆は辛く、一つの場面を書き終えるたびに中断した。長い歳月をかけて小説は完成した。これは死ななくてはならない二人の男の話である。ただ二人だけの話だが、それがこの物語の全てだ。日本に住んで十三年になる。その年月があり、この小説がより現実味を帯びたものになっていると信じている。

翻訳者からのコメント

経済的、政治的に安定している国に暮らしている人々にとって、時として生きることは当たり前のように感じるものと思います。明日が確実に来ることも、当然のことだと。でも、生き延びることが当たり前ではない時代があり、今も生きることが当たり前ではない場所がある。

主人公、林の心の葛藤、思いを通して、読んでいただいた皆様に、今日一日の大切さを見出せるような一冊になるよう願っております。

著者紹介

ベン・スティーブンズ

一九七六年、英国ロンドン生まれ。長崎在住。これまで百冊以上の小説を執筆している。「神風」は翻訳された初めての彼の作品となる。

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