Category: Japan

  • Download E-books Hikikomori and the Rental Sister: A Novel PDF

    By Jeff Backhaus

    hikikomori, n. h?kik?'mo?ri; literally pulling inward; refers to those that withdraw from society.

    Inspired via the real-life eastern social phenomenon referred to as hikikomori and the pro “rental sisters” employed to assist, Hikikomori and the condominium Sister is set an erotic courting among Thomas, an American hikikomori, and Megumi, a tender eastern immigrant hiding from her personal earlier. The unusual, insular international they convey jointly in a brand new York urban bed room and with the tacit acknowledgment of Thomas’s spouse unearths 3 human hearts in challenge, yet leaves us with a profound religion within the human means to discover attractiveness and that means in lifestyles, even after nice sorrow. Mirroring either East and West in its look for therapeutic, Hikikomori and the condo Sister pierces the emotional partitions of grief and delves into the ability of human connection to damage via to the realm ready outside. 

    Named an Indie subsequent decide, an Amazon most sensible e-book of the Month, one among booklet Riot’s five to observe, and an iBookstore Editor’s selection in hardcover.

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  • Download E-books Japanese Cinema: Film Style and National Character PDF

    By Donald Richie

    It's common wisdom that Japan has produced probably the most amazing nationwide cinemas within the heritage of movie. This e-book, written via the internationally-recognized specialist at the topic, makes eastern video clips obtainable to Western audiences as by no means before.

    It is; firstly, a succinct background of jap movie, from the start via 1970. it's also, besides the fact that, an exploration of jap culture-and the japanese mind.

    The writer relates the movies to the opposite artwork types, and the traditions and attitudes of the japanese humans. he's therefore capable of refute the occasional Westernl5bjections that jap videos are sentimentat, or dull, or filled with cliches. The e-book discusses not just the well known classics of such administrators as Kurosawa and Mizoguchi, but in addition the preferred "entertainment" motion pictures in addition. It establishes the old foundation for the real post-war motion pictures that first introduced jap cinema to the eye of the area. primarily, this publication explores the original imaginative and prescient of the japanese film-makers, the imaginative and prescient "which is the cultured of Japan-and which has created one of the most attractive and honest movies ever made."

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  • Download E-books Tokyo Cult Recipes PDF

    Enjoy the simplest jap nutrition at domestic with greater than a hundred dishes from the gastronomic megacity, together with favorites akin to 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 nutrients at domestic. during this complete cookbook, Maori Murota demystifies jap cooking, making it obtainable and understood via somebody drawn to studying approximately her local nutrition tradition and consuming good. encouraged by means of Murota’s stories of growing to be up in Tokyo—cooking at domestic together with her mom and eating out within the city’s fabulous eating places and stands—Tokyo Cult Recipes deals transparent and concise info on key uncomplicated cooking thoughts and offers tips on key elements that domestic chefs can use to create actual eastern nutrition anytime.

    Tokyo Cult Recipes is choked with dozens of mouthwatering, easy-to-make recipes for miso, sushi, soba noodles, bentos, rice, eastern tapas, muffins, truffles, and goodies, observed by means of worthy step by step pictures. This excellent cookbook is usually a visible consultant to this remarkable urban, bringing it colorfully to existence in lovely photographs of foodstuff markets, Tokyo road scenes, eastern kitchen interiors, and more.

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  • Download E-books CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Cultureshock Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette) PDF

    By P. Sean Bramble

    With over 3 million copies in print, CultureShock! is a bestselling sequence of tradition and etiquette courses masking numerous locations world wide. For an individual vulnerable to tradition surprise, no matter if a vacationer or a long term resident, CultureShock! presents a sympathetic and fun-filled crash direction at the do's and don'ts in overseas cultures. totally up to date and wearing a clean new glance, the revised versions of those books enlighten and tell via such subject matters as language, meals and wonderful, social customs, gala's, relationships, and enterprise suggestions. CultureShock! books are full of worthwhile information on transportation, taxes, funds, lodging, healthiness, food and drinks, outfits, procuring, fairs, and masses, a lot more.

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  • Download E-books From the Fatherland With Love PDF

    By Ryu Murakami

    An bold, epic dystopian novel - half political mystery and half satire

    From the place of birth, with Love is determined in another, dystopian found in which the buck has collapsed and Japan s economic system has fallen in addition to it. The North Korean govt, sensing a chance, sends a fleet of rebels within the first land invasion that Japan has ever confronted. Japan can't focus on the shock onslaught of Operation From the native land, with Love . however the terrorist Ishihara and his band of renegade youths - as soon as devoted to frightening the japanese executive - flip their lethal recognition to the North Korean risk. they won't enable Fukuoka to fall and not using a struggle. Epic in scale, From the place of birth, with Love is laced all through with Murakami's routinely savage violence. It's either a delightful mystery and a very mad, over-the-top novel like few others.

    'A afflicted meditation at the soul of recent Japan... Alarmingly pertinent in gentle of present British politics... A morbidly humorous comedy... especially, it's a extra special feat of storytelling seven-hundred pages, dozens of characters and rankings of rules woven into one gripping whole.' Andrzej Lukowski, Metro

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  • Download E-books The Revenge of the 47 Ronin: Edo 1703 (Raid) PDF

    By Stephen Turnbull

    From 1600 until 1866 civil strife in public used to be nearly unknown in Japan; in spite of the fact that, own loyalty and self-sacrifice may perhaps from time to time upward thrust above the samurai hierarchy to redefine jap tradition. In 1703 former samurai avenged their lord within the such a lot mythical raid in eastern historical past. the tale of the forty seven ronin is a story wealthy in emotion, special making plans, and faultless martial execution.

    This was once the raid that grew to become Japan upside down.

    Lord Kira had caused the loss of life of Lord Asano, hence making Asano's unswerving samurai into ronin (unemployed 'men of the waves'). In whole secrecy they plotted their revenge, and one snowy winter's evening introduced a raid opposed to his mansion in Edo (Tokyo). The gates have been damaged down, and after the fiercest sword conflict obvious in Japan for over a century Kira was once captured and beheaded. His head was once washed and put on Asano's tomb. The Shogun had now been positioned in a issue. should still he present the forty seven Ronin for behaving extra like precise samurai than someone because the time of civil wars, or should still they be punished for breaking the stern legislation approximately taking revenge?

    In the tip the legislations prevailed, and the surviving forty six ronin dedicated a mass act of hara-kiri, turning them in a single day into nationwide heroes because the 'gods of bushido'.. The dramatic revenge raid of the Forty-Seven Ronin is the appropriate topic for a Raids identify. there's a very robust narrative and a wealth of illustrative fabric. because the raid happened throughout the peaceable Edo interval there's scope for unique description of the samurai's guns and their own & actual atmosphere that's not noticeable in the other Osprey titles.

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  • Download E-books Zen Masters of Japan: The Second Step East PDF

    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 USA. Following Zen Masters of China, this ebook 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 accordance with 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 develop into additional remodeled in its passage via Japan. the japanese tradition and eastern Buddhism practices additional deepened and reinforced Zen education by means of combining it with numerous esoteric contemplative arts—the arts of poetry, the tea rite, calligraphy, and archery. Zen Masters of Japan chronicles this trip with every one Zen grasp profiled. The e-book exhibits how the recent practices quickly received in reputation between all walks of life—from the lowly peasant, providing a desire of reincarnation and a greater existence; to the Samurai warrior because of its informal method of loss of life; to the ruling periods, 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 kingdom of 'No brain' accomplished in Japan that's so primary to Zen practices at the present time.
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  • Download E-books Pacific Alliance: Reviving U.S.-Japan Relations PDF

    By Kent E. Calder

    Regardless of the iconic value of the U.S.-Japan protection alliance, the wider dating among the 2 nations is at the present time beset by way of sobering new problems. during this finished comparative research of the transpacific alliance and its political, monetary, and social foundations, Kent E. Calder, a number one Japan professional, asserts that bilateral kinfolk among the 2 international locations are dangerously eroding as either search broader ideas in a globally orientated international. Calder files the quiet erosion of America's multidimensional ties with Japan as China rises, generations swap, and new forces come up in either American and eastern politics. He then assesses outcomes for a twenty-first-century army alliance with ambitious coordination specifications, explores substitute overseas paradigms for facing the USA, followed by way of Britain, Germany, and China, and gives prescriptions for restoring U.S.-Japan family members to power once more.
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  • Download E-books Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life during the Age of the Shoguns PDF

    By Constantine Nomikos Vaporis

    Winner of the 2013 Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for Curricular fabrics offered by means of the organization for Asian reviews and the Committee for educating approximately Asia (CTA)

    Voices of Early glossy Japan deals an obtainable and well-balanced view of a rare interval in jap historical past, starting from the unification of the warring states less than Tokugawa Ieyasu within the early 17th century in the course of the overthrow of the shogunate simply ahead of the hole of Japan by means of the West within the mid-nineteenth century. via an in depth exam of basic assets from "The nice Peace," this interesting quantity bargains clean insights into the Tokugawa era--its political associations, inflexible classification hierarchy, inventive and fabric tradition, spiritual existence, and extra. assets from all degrees of eastern society, from govt records and loved ones documents to non-public correspondence and diaries, are rigorously translated and tested in gentle of the most recent scholarship. Constantine Nomikos Vaporis ably demonstrates how historians use basic records and what might be exposed from the phrases of standard those that lived centuries prior. With strong reader assets and complete assurance, Voices of Early sleek Japan is the correct addition for college kids and readers looking a fuller figuring out of the Tokugawa period.

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