Zen Masters of Japan: The Second Step East

Zen Masters of Japan is the second one e-book in a chain that strains Zen's profoundly historical trip because it unfold eastward from China and Japan, towards the us. Following Zen Masters of China, this publication concentrates on Zen's major passage via Japan. extra in particular, it describes the lineage of the good lecturers, the Zen monk pioneers who got down to enlighten an island prepared for an internal transformation in response to compassionate awareness.

While the present Buddhist institution in Japan met early Zen pioneers like Dogen and Eisai with fervent resistance, Zen Buddhism eventually perservered and persisted to turn into extra reworked in its passage via Japan. the japanese tradition and jap Buddhism practices additional deepened and reinforced Zen education via combining it with a number of esoteric contemplative arts—the arts of poetry, the tea rite, calligraphy, and archery. Zen Masters of Japan chronicles this trip with each one Zen grasp profiled. The e-book indicates how the recent practices quickly received in recognition between all walks of life—from the lowly peasant, providing a wish of reincarnation and a greater existence; to the Samurai warrior because of its informal method of demise; to the ruling sessions, difficult the intelligentsia due to its scholarly roots.

A choice of Zen tales, meditation, and their knowledge, Zen Masters of Japan additionally explores the illusive country of 'No brain' completed in Japan that's so primary to Zen practices this present day.

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Modern Japan: A Historical Survey

By Mikiso Hane

Integrating political occasions with cultural, financial, and highbrow hobbies, Modern Japan presents a balanced and authoritative survey of recent jap heritage. A precis of Japan’s early background, emphasizing associations and structures that motivated jap society, offers a well-rounded advent to this crucial quantity, which makes a speciality of the Tokugawa interval to the present.

The 5th variation of Modern Japan is up-to-date all through to incorporate the most recent info on Japan’s diplomacy, together with mystery diplomatic correspondence lately disclosed on WikiLeaks. This version brings jap heritage modern within the submit Sep 11 period, detailing present matters similar to: the impression of the Gulf Wars on jap diplomacy, the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and next nuclear twist of fate, the hot tumultuous switch of political management, and Japan’s present fiscal and worldwide prestige. An up to date chronological chart, checklist of leading ministers, and bibliography also are included.

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God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga (Great Comics Artists Series)

By Natsu Onoda Power

Cartoonist Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) is the only most vital determine in eastern post-World battle II comics. in the course of his four-decade profession, Tezuka released greater than 150,000 pages of comics, produced animation motion pictures, wrote essays and brief fiction, and earned a Ph.D. in drugs. besides developing the nature Astro Boy (Mighty Atom in Japan), he's most sensible identified for setting up tale comics because the mainstream style within the eastern comedian ebook undefined, developing narratives with cinematic circulation and complicated characters. This variety prompted all next eastern output. God of Comics chronicles Tezuka's lifestyles and works, putting his creations either within the cultural weather and within the heritage of jap comics.

The booklet emphasizes Tezuka's use of intertextuality. His works are choked with quotations from different texts and cultural items, resembling movie, theater, opera, and literature. frequently, those quoted texts and pictures convey with them an international of meanings, enriching the narrative. Tezuka extensively utilized inventory characters and recurrent visible jokes as a manner of constructing a coherent international that encompasses all of his works.

God of Comics comprises shut research of Tezuka's lesser-known works, lots of that have by no means been translated into English. It deals one of many first in-depth reviews of Tezuka's oeuvre to be released in English.

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Der Wolkenpavillon: Ein neuer Fall für Sano Ichirô

By Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, 1701. Chiyo, die Cousine des Samurais Sano Ichiro, kehrt von einer Reise zum Tempel in Awashima nicht zurück. Der Ermittler des Shoguns hatte jahrelang keinen Kontakt zur Familie seiner Mutter. Jetzt aber fleht sein Onkel ihn an, die Vergangenheit ruhen zu lassen und ihm bei der Suche nach seiner Tochter zu helfen. Unfähig, die Notsituation zu ignorieren, in der sich seine Cousine offensichtlich befindet, begibt sich Sano auf die verzweifelte Suche - und findet heraus, dass noch zwei weitere Frauen unter ähnlich mysteriösen Umständen verschwunden sind. Die Zeit drängt. Kann Sano den Verbrecher stellen, bevor dieser noch mehr Frauen ins Unglück stürzt?

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Together with his acceptance because the enfant poor of jap literature, internationally-acclaimed writer Ryu Murakami, one of many "two Murakamis" (along with Haruki), has bought cult prestige between readers who relish his agile mind's eye, mordant prose and laser-like eye for the often-absurd information of contemporary life.

With Sixty-Nine, to be had now for the 1st time in an English-language exchange paperback, this literary undesirable boy steps out of personality with pleasant effects. here's a lighthearted, humorous story a couple of team of scholars suffering to make feel of a rapidly-changing Japan within the overdue Sixties. yet Murakami by no means loses his sharply perceptive view of the area, as he tells his coming-of-age tale.

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Intimate Encounters: Filipina Women and the Remaking of Rural Japan

By Lieba Faier

This groundbreaking examine explores the new dramatic adjustments led to in Japan by way of the inflow of a non-Japanese inhabitants, Filipina brides. Lieba Faier investigates how Filipina girls who emigrated to rural Japan to paintings in hostess bars-where firstly they have been extensively disparaged as prostitutes and foreigners-came to be pointed out through the neighborhood citizens as “ideal, conventional jap brides.”Intimate Encounters, an ethnography of cultural encounters, unravels this paradox by way of studying the standard relational dynamics that force those interactions. Faier remaps Japan, the Philippines, and the us into what she phrases a “zone of encounters,” displaying how the meanings of Filipino and jap tradition and id are reworked and the way those alterations are comprehensive via usual interpersonal exchanges. Intimate Encounters offers an insightful new viewpoint from which to re-examine nationwide subjectivities amid the expanding pressures of globalization, thereby broadening and deepening our figuring out of the bigger problems with migration and disapora.

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By Ryu Murakami

A pulsating psycho-thriller from Ryu Murakami, writer of In the Miso Soup

A renaissance guy for the postmodern age, Ryu Murakami—a musician, filmmaker (Tokyo Decadence), television character, and award-winning author—has won a cult following within the West. His first novel, Almost obvious Blue, received Japan’s so much coveted literary prize and bought over 1000000 copies, and his newest psychosexual mystery, In the Miso Soup, gave readers yet another style of his quite agile mind's eye. In Piercing, Murakami, in his personal certain sort, explores subject matters of kid abuse and what occurs to the unvoiced between us, weaving a demanding, spare story of 2 those that locate one another after which are compelled into hurting one another deeply as a result of haunting specter in their personal abuse as children.

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