Japan

Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989: The Emergence of the World's Greatest City; Two Volumes in One: LOW CITY, HIGH CITY and TOKYO RISING (Tuttle Classics)

By Edward Seidensticker

"These volumes by way of Edward Seidensticker may be the envy of each college press…desirable examining for beginner historians and travelers alike."—Thomas Stanley, Director of stroll Japan Limited

There may be few towns on this planet that stay, pulsate, and breathe via their geography as Tokyo does, few towns with a historical past that shifts throughout the creases of area as does that of Tokyo. this is often relatively ironic in a urban whose neighborhoods this day carry few detailed good points and whose mild topography has been all yet obscured via batteries of establishing. however it was once now not continually so, and what greater method is there of writing Tokyo's historical past than by way of reflecting this transferring geography as neighborhoods prospered and declined whereas others, extra aspirational, climbed up the socio–spacial ladder? this can be accurately what Edward Seidensticker does within the pages of those books, introduced jointly the following jointly for the 1st time lower than one hide with quite a few illustrations and an insert of superbly coloured eastern woodblock prints of Tokyo from the period.

Tokyo: From Edo to Showa tells the tale and historical past of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an remoted Japan to at least one of the main well known smooth towns on the earth. With a similar scholarship and elegance that received him admiration as one of many best translators of eastern literature, Seidensticker bargains the reader his personal incredible photograph of a complete society all at once rising into the trendy global. by means of turns elegiac and humorous, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is a vital cultural historical past of Asia's maximum urban.

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Japanese Tales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

By Royall Tyler

Listed below are 2 hundred and twenty brilliant stories from medieval Japan, stories that welcome us right into a fantastic, far flung international populated via saints and scoundrels, ghosts and magical healers, and an unlimited collection of deities and demons. tales of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends, those stories mirror the japanese worldview in the course of a vintage interval in jap civilization. Masterfully edited and translated via the acclaimed translator of The story of Genji, these tales ably stability the lyrical and the dramatic, the ribald and the profound, supplying a window right into a long-vanished notwithstanding perennially interesting culture.

Part of the Pantheon Fairy story and Folklore Library

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Institutions, Industrial Upgrading, and Economic Performance in Japan: The Flying Geese Paradigm of Catch-up Growth

By Terutomo Ozawa

Terutomo Ozawa examines Japan's as soon as celebrated post-war monetary luck from a brand new point of view. He applies a 'flying ducks' version of business upgrading in a rustic that remains catching-up, to discover the increase, fall and rebound of jap with its evolving associations and guidelines. The e-book brings jointly and expands upon theories built within the author's paintings over a long time, utilizing them as development blocks for his flying ducks version. ideas explored contain: economics of hierarchical concatenation, expanding issue incongruity, comparative virtue (or industry) recycling; the Ricardo - Hicksian catch of commercial construction, Smithian development elan, triumvirate pro-trade structural transformation; wisdom production as opposed to wisdom diversion, the price-knowledge/industry-flow mechanism 'a l. a. David Hume'; and the syndrome of institutional incongruity, and socially justifiable ethical danger as opposed to degenerative ethical threat. The dynamic means of business upgrading is analysed intimately, and significant classes for either constructing and transition economies are highlighted.

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Japan on Display: Photography and the Emperor (Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) East Asian Series)

By Morris Low

Sixty years on from the top of the Pacific conflict, Japan on Display examines representations of the Meiji emperor, Mutsuhito (1852-1912) and his grandson the Showa emperor, Hirohito who used to be considered as a logo of the kingdom, in either warfare and peacetime. a lot of this illustration used to be aided through the phenomenon of photography.

The creation and improvement of images within the 19th century coincided with the necessity to make Hirohito’s grandfather, the younger Meiji Emperor, extra obvious. picture books and albums grew to become a well-liked structure for providing possible goal photos of the monarch, reminding the japanese in their proximity to the Emperor, and the imperial family members. within the 20th century, those 'national albums’ supplied a visible list of wars fought within the identify of the Emperor, whereas additionally documenting the reconstruction of Tokyo, clinical expeditions, and imperial excursions.

Drawing on archival records, images, and resources in either eastern and English, this publication throws new mild at the background of twentieth-century Japan and the vital function of Hirohito. With Japan’s defeat within the Pacific battle, the Emperor used to be remodeled from wartime chief to peace-loving scientist. Japan on Display seeks to appreciate this reinvention of a extra 'human’ Emperor and the function that images performed within the method.

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Tokyo Cult Recipes

Enjoy the simplest eastern meals at domestic with greater than a hundred dishes from the gastronomic megacity, together with favorites reminiscent of miso, sushi, rice, and sweets.

While many folks take pleasure in a nearly cult-like reverence for eastern delicacies, they’re intimidated to make this beautiful meals at domestic. during this entire cookbook, Maori Murota demystifies jap cooking, making it obtainable and understood by way of somebody attracted to studying approximately her local meals tradition and consuming good. encouraged through Murota’s stories of starting to be up in Tokyo—cooking at domestic along with her mom and eating out within the city’s tremendous eating places and stands—Tokyo Cult Recipes deals transparent and concise info on key simple cooking innovations and offers information on key parts that domestic chefs can use to create real eastern nutrition anytime.

Tokyo Cult Recipes is full of dozens of mouthwatering, easy-to-make recipes for miso, sushi, soba noodles, bentos, rice, jap tapas, truffles, brownies, and candies, observed by way of useful step by step images. This exceptional cookbook is usually a visible advisor to this outstanding urban, bringing it colorfully to existence in beautiful photographs of meals markets, Tokyo road scenes, jap kitchen interiors, and more.

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Norwegian Wood

By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin

First American Publication

This attractive and elegiac novel through the writer of the across the world acclaimed Wind-Up poultry Chronicle has offered over four million copies in Japan and is now on hand to American audiences for the 1st time.  It is bound to be a literary event.

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally severe younger collage scholar in Tokyo, is dedicated to Naoko, a gorgeous and introspective younger girl, yet their mutual ardour is marked by way of the tragic dying in their ally years before.  Toru starts to evolve to campus lifestyles and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, yet Naoko unearths the pressures and duties of lifestyles unbearable.  As she retreats additional into her personal international, Toru unearths himself attaining out to others and interested in a fiercely self sufficient and sexually liberated younger woman.

A poignant tale of 1 collage student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that far-off position of a tender man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.

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One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa

Within the Tarawa atoll lies the tiny islet of Betio. In November of 1943, the boys of the 2d Marine department watched as bombardments destroyed the island's jap defenses. but if the Marines landed, the japanese poured out in their protecting bunkers and started the most brutal encounters of the battle.

Drawn from resources equivalent to members' letters and diaries and interviews with survivors, One sq. Mile of Hell is the riveting actual account of a conflict among decided foes, neither of whom might ever examine one another within the similar manner back.

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Dance Dance Dance

By Haruki Murakami

During this propulsive novel, essentially the most idiosyncratically amazing writers at paintings in any language fuses technological know-how fiction, the hard-boiled mystery, and white-hot satire right into a new component to the literary periodic table.

As he searches for a mysteriously vanished female friend, Haruki Murakami's protagonist plunges right into a wind tunnel of sexual violence and metaphysical dread during which he collides with name women; performs chaperone to a beautiful teenaged psychic; and gets cryptic directions from a shabby yet oracular Sheep guy. Dance Dance Dance is a demanding, poignant, and sometimes hilarious experience throughout the cultural Cuisinart that's modern Japan, a spot the place every thing that's not up on the market is up for grabs.

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