Empire of Dogs: Canines, Japan, and the Making of the Modern Imperial World (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University)

By Aaron Herald Skabelund

In 1924, Professor Ueno Eizaburo of Tokyo Imperial collage followed an Akita dog he named Hachiko. each one night Hachiko greeted Ueno on his go back to Shibuya Station. In may perhaps 1925 Ueno died whereas giving a lecture. on a daily basis for over 9 years the Akita waited at Shibuya Station, ultimately turning into nationally or even across the world well-known for his purported loyalty. A yr ahead of his loss of life in 1935, the town of Tokyo erected a statue of Hachiko open air the station. the tale of Hachiko unearths a lot concerning the position of canine in Japan's cultural imagination.

In the groundbreaking Empire of Dogs, Aaron bring in Skabelund examines the historical past and cultural value of canines in 19th- and twentieth-century Japan, starting with the arriving of Western puppy breeds and new modes of puppy preserving, which unfold in the course of the global with Western imperialism. He highlights how canine joined with people to create the fashionable imperial global and the way, in flip, imperialism formed canine' our bodies and their dating with people via its effect on dog-breeding and dog-keeping practices that pervade a lot of the area today.

In a publication that's either enlightening and enjoyable, Skabelund makes a speciality of genuine and metaphorical canine in quite a few contexts: the rhetorical pairing of the Western "colonial puppy" with local dogs; next campaigns opposed to indigenous canine within the imperial realm; the production, upkeep, and every now and then recovery of eastern puppy breeds, together with the Shiba Inu; the mobilization of army canine, either actual and fictional; and the emergence of Japan as a "pet superpower" within the moment half the 20th century. via this provocative account, Skabelund demonstrates how animals ordinarily and dogs particularly have contributed to the construction of our shared heritage, and the way definite canine have subtly prompted how that background is informed. Generously illustrated with either colour and black-and-white photos, Empire of Dogs indicates that human-canine family members usually disclose how people―especially people with strength and wealth―use animals to outline, keep watch over, and implement political and social limitations among themselves and different people, specially in imperial contexts.

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Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime

By Christopher Bolton, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., Takayuki Tatsumi

A set of essays approximately eastern technological know-how fiction in all it's tastes and types. here's the content material, so that you can make a decision if it's anything for you ;P

Part I. Prose technological know-how Fiction

1. Miri Nakamura: HORROR AND MACHINES IN PREWAR JAPAN - The Mechanical Uncanny in Yumeno Kyusaku’s Dogura magura

2. Thomas Schnellbächer: HAS THE EMPIRE SUNK but? - The Pacific in jap technological know-how Fiction

3. Kotani Mari: ALIEN areas AND ALIEN our bodies IN jap WOMEN’S technology FICTION

4. Azuma Hiroki: SF AS HAMLET - technological know-how Fiction and Philosophy


Part II. technology Fiction Animation

6. Susan J. Napier: whilst THE MACHINES cease - myth, fact, and Terminal id in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Serial Experiments: Lain

7. Christopher Bolton: THE MECHA’S BLIND SPOT - Patlabor 2 and the Phenomenology of Anime

8. Naoki Chiba and Hiroko Chiba: phrases OF ALIENATION, phrases OF FLIGHT - Loanwords in technological know-how Fiction Anime

9. Sharalyn Orbaugh: intercourse AND the one CYBORG - eastern pop culture Experiments in Subjectivity

10. Livia Monnet: INVASION OF the lady SNATCHERS - the matter of A-Life and the Uncanny in ultimate delusion: The Spirits Within

11. Saito Tamaki: OTAKU SEXUALITY

Afterword. Takayuki Tatsumi: a truly tender TIME laptop - From Translation to Transfiguration


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Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Ray Bartlett, Laura Crawford

Lonely Planet: The world's best go back and forth advisor publisher

Lonely Planet Japan is your passport to the main proper, up to date suggestion on what to work out and pass, and what hidden discoveries watch for you. store and dine in electrical Tokyo, discover Kyoto's beautiful temples and gardens, or hike the majestic Japan Alps; all along with your relied on shuttle spouse. Get to the guts of Japan and start your trip now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Japan shuttle Guide:

  • Colour maps and photographs all through
  • Highlights and itineraries assist you tailor your journey for your own wishes and pursuits
  • Insider tips to avoid wasting time and cash and get round like an area, heading off crowds and bother spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, mobile numbers, web pages, transit guidance, costs
  • Honest stories for all budgets - consuming, napping, sight-seeing, going out, procuring, hidden gemstones that almost all guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights provide you with a richer, extra worthwhile go back and forth adventure - together with background, paintings, structure, literature, delicacies, sake, onsen (hot springs), customs and etiquette, language and extra
  • Free, handy pull-out Tokyo map (included in print version), plus over 148 color maps
  • Covers Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka, Kansai, the Japan Alps, Hokkaido, Northern Honshu (Tohoku), Okinawa & the Southwest Islands, Kyushu, Shikoku, and extra

The excellent selection: Lonely Planet Japan, our so much complete advisor to Japan, is ideal for either exploring most sensible points of interest and taking roads much less travelled.

  • Looking for simply the highlights of Japan? try out Lonely Planet's become aware of Japan, a photo-rich advisor to the country's most well-liked sights.
  • Looking for a consultant curious about Tokyo or Kyoto? try out Lonely Planet's Tokyo advisor and Kyoto consultant for a accomplished examine what each one of those towns has to supply; or Lonely Planet's Pocket Tokyo, a handy-sized consultant excited about the can't-miss attractions for a fast trip.

Authors: Written and researched through Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has turn into the world's major shuttle media corporation with guidebooks to each vacation spot, an award-winning site, cellular and electronic trip items, and a committed visitor group. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but in addition allows curious visitors to get off overwhelmed paths to appreciate extra of the tradition of the locations during which they locate themselves.

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Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World

By John W. Dower

Historian John W. Dower’s celebrated investigations into glossy jap heritage, international struggle II, and U.S.–Japanese family members have earned him serious accolades and various honors, together with the Pulitzer Prize, the nationwide ebook Award, and the Bancroft Prize. Now Dower returns to the key issues of his groundbreaking paintings, studying American and jap perceptions of key moments of their shared history.

Both provocative and probing, Ways of Forgetting, methods of Remembering delves right into a diversity of topics, together with the advanced function of racism on each side of the Pacific battle, the sophistication of jap wartime propaganda, the ways that the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is remembered in Japan, and the tale of the way the postwar research of Japan within the usa and the West was once motivated through chilly battle politics.

Ways of Forgetting, methods of Remembering bargains pressing insights through one in every of our best interpreters of the previous into how electorate of democracy may still take care of their background and, as Dower writes, “the have to continuously ask what's no longer being asked.”

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Shinto (World Religions (Facts on File))

Constructed in prehistoric occasions, Shinto is the real expression of what it skill to be eastern. much less a proper non secular assertion than a deeply ingrained lifestyle, the rituals, traditions, and values of Shinto have either formed and been formed via jap tradition. "Shinto, 3rd variation" examines the fundamental tenets of Shinto, its evolution in line with different non secular affects, and the way the unique Shinto faith - rooted in an agrarian society - survives during this modern business international. With colour pictures and illustrations, a thesaurus, and an index, this hugely appealing reference introduces basic readers, non secular scholars, and somebody with an curiosity in faith to the exciting Shinto religion. The assurance contains: the assumption of kami; the kinds of Shinto; advent of Buddhism; the significance of shrines; the consequences of worldwide battle II; and, the transforming into allure of Shinto through the international.

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By Nicholas Hogg

Channeling impacts as different as James Salter, Don DeLillo, and Yukio Mishima, this is often a bewitching glossy myth of reminiscence, loss, love, and the hunt for belonging

Social psychologist Ben Monroe has back to Japan. After a failed marriage in the US, he reveals himself forced to find his former lover, Kozue, eager to make experience in their short, passionate, and unresolved love affair. Mazzy, Ben’s estranged 16-year-old daughter, reluctantly flies from California to hitch her father in Tokyo. at the aircraft she sits subsequent to a stricken eastern guy who tells her the folk tale of Kaguyahime, the luminous evening princess misplaced from the moon, and the lads who grew to become passionate about her attractiveness. because the airplane trip ends, the storyteller disappears. at the floor in Tokyo, Ben delves deeper into the Tokyo underworld, following the path he hopes will lead him to Kozue. yet Mazzy lives just for the current, offended at her father and decided to discover herself within the urban, but unaware her each step is being watched through the storyteller, a cult survivor disturbed and adrift within the currents of town. either males are drawn in the direction of the items in their obsession—and with it, in the direction of their fate—as earlier and current collide in Tokyo and beyond.

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A History of Japan, 1582-1941: Internal and External Worlds

By L. M. Cullen

Supplying a particular evaluate of the pressures answerable for the emergence of recent Japan, Louis Cullen rejects the normal barriers of jap historiography and combines financial, social, and political methods to create a strong research. Cullen stories the japanese adventure of growth, social transition, commercial development, monetary obstacle and struggle, to give an island country that may be a starting to be business strength with little notion of its around the globe context.

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A Companion to Japanese History

By William M. Tsutsui

A spouse to jap History presents an authoritative evaluation of present debates and techniques in the learn of Japan’s history.

  • Composed of 30 chapters written by way of a world workforce of scholars
  • Combines conventional views with the newest scholarly concerns
  • Supplements a chronological survey with exact thematic analyses
  • Presents stimulating interventions into person controversies

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Occupying Power: Sex Workers and Servicemen in Postwar Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute)

By Sarah Kovner

The 12 months used to be 1945. millions of Allied troops poured into war-torn Japan and unfold in the course of the nation. The impact of this inflow at the neighborhood inhabitants didn't decrease within the years following the war's finish. actually, the presence of international servicemen additionally heightened the visibility of sure others, quite panpan—streetwalkers—who have been items in their desire.

Occupying Power indicates how intimate histories and diplomacy are interconnected in methods students have purely started to discover. intercourse employees who catered to servicemen have been critical to the postwar monetary restoration, but they have been still blamed for raises in venereal illness and charged with diluting the japanese race through generating mixed-race offspring. In 1956, Japan handed its first nationwide legislation opposed to prostitution, which produced an unanticipated impression. by means of finishing a centuries-old culture of intercourse paintings rules, it made intercourse staff much less noticeable and extra susceptible. This probing background finds an incredible yet underexplored element of the japanese profession and its impact on gender and society. It shifts the phrases of discussion on a couple of controversies, together with Japan's background of pressured sexual slavery, rape accusations opposed to U.S. servicemen, competition to U.S. abroad bases, and sexual trafficking.

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