Category: Japan

  • Download E-books Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire PDF

    “Japan's popular culture, as soon as believed unexportable, is now hitting the seashores of different international locations like a tsunami. In North the United States, younger enthusiasts eat large quantities of manga and anime, whereas lecturers more and more examine the whole J-pop phenomenon to appreciate it. One group has ardour whereas the opposite has self-discipline, and what has been missing is a bridge among the 2. Mechademia is the bridge, and with a reputation like that, how can one move wrong?  So why wait? Hop on your monstrous cellular swimsuit and stomp all the way down to the neighborhood genuine or digital book place to buy a duplicate correct now!” —Frederik L. Schodt, writer of Manga! Manga! the realm of eastern Comics


    Networks of Desire—the moment quantity within the Mechademia sequence, an annual discussion board dedicated to severe and artistic paintings on jap anime, manga, and the fan cultures that experience coalesced round them—explores the forms of hope that constitution and impact a lot of latest anime and manga in manifestations that diversity from the explicitly sexual to extra sublimated textual content and imagery. gathering unique essays through students, artists, and lovers, Networks of wish considers key matters at play in a eastern society more and more doubtful of its position in a globalized international: from idealized representations of same-sex wish in such shôjo manga (girls’s comics) because the Rose of Versailles, to fan fiction encouraged via the gender-switching manga Ranma ½, to wish in otaku communities.


    Deftly weaving jointly wish and discourse, Mechademia 2 illuminates the techno-carnal fantasies, animalistic intake, political nostalgia, and existential starvation underlying the most well-liked and influential expressions of jap pop culture today.

    Contributors: Brent Allison, U of Georgia; Meredith Suzanne Hahn Aquila; Hiroki Azuma; William L. Benzon; Christopher Bolton, Williams university; Martha Cornog; Patrick Drazen; Marc Hairston, U of Texas, Dallas; Mari Kotani; Shu Kuge, Penn nation U; Margherita lengthy, U of California, Riverside; Daisuke Miyao; Hiromi Mizuno, U of Minnesota; Mariana Ortega; Timothy Perper; Eron Rauch; Trina Robbins; Brian Ruh, Indiana U; Deborah Shamoon, U of Notre Dame; Masami Toku, California nation U, Chico; Keith Vincent, NYU.

    Frenchy Lunning is professor of liberal arts on the Minneapolis collage of artwork and layout and editor of Mechademia 1: rising Worlds of Anime and Manga (Minnesota, 2006).

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  • Download E-books Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guide) PDF

    By Lonely Planet, Ray Bartlett, Laura Crawford

    Lonely Planet: The world's prime go back and forth consultant publisher

    Lonely Planet Japan is your passport to the main proper, up to date suggestion on what to determine and bypass, and what hidden discoveries look ahead to you. store and dine in electrical Tokyo, discover Kyoto's attractive temples and gardens, or hike the majestic Japan Alps; all along with your relied on shuttle significant other. Get to the guts of Japan and start your trip now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Japan go back and forth Guide:

    • Colour maps and pictures all through
    • Highlights and itineraries assist you tailor your journey on your own wishes and pursuits
    • Insider tips to avoid wasting money and time and get round like an area, averting crowds and bother spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, telephone numbers, web pages, transit suggestions, costs
    • Honest experiences for all budgets - consuming, sound asleep, sight-seeing, going out, procuring, hidden gem stones that the majority guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights provide you with a richer, extra profitable go back and forth event - together with heritage, artwork, 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 such a lot entire advisor to Japan, is ideal for either exploring most sensible attractions and taking roads much less travelled.

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

    Authors: Written and researched through Lonely Planet.

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has develop into the world's prime trip media corporation with guidebooks to each vacation spot, an award-winning web site, cellular and electronic commute items, and a devoted traveler group. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but in addition permits 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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  • Download E-books Ryokan: Japan's Finest Spas and Inns PDF

    With over one hundred eighty colour images and wide statement, this e-book showcases the wonderful thing about jap hotel, or ryokan.

    Featured are either outdated and new-from resorts with a historical past relationship again 1000 years to fashionable motels with the newest amenities that still catch the spirit of previous Japan. all of the homes has been handpicked by way of the authors for his or her powerful layout aesthetic, dedication to provider and purity in their spring waters. the images show off the motels at their most sensible, and adequately show the original architectural layout of every ryokan.

    Each bankruptcy starts off by means of introducing the world surrounding the hotels and their spas, or onsen, and gives a historical past of its neighborhood heritage, tradition and traditions, in addition to the typical setting. The textual content presents info at the layout and improvement of every ryokan, and outlines of the vendors and their shoppers.

    For these making plans a trip to an onsen, this publication offers touch information and data at the variety of rooms, form of amenities and nutrients, in addition to very important info on trip and reserving tactics and even if English is spoken. For these fascinated with jap tradition and layout, this booklet is an absolute satisfaction.
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  • Download E-books The Modern Murasaki: Writing by Women of Meiji Japan (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture) PDF

    The first anthology of its sort, The glossy Murasaki brings the vibrancy and wealthy mind's eye of women's writing from the Meiji interval to English-language readers. in addition to conventional prose, the editors have selected and punctiliously translated brief tales, performs, poetry, speeches, essays, and private magazine entries. chosen readings contain writings via the general public speaker Kishida Toshiko, the dramatist Hasegawa Shigure, the short-fiction author Shimizu Shikin, the political author Tamura Toshiko, and the novelists Miyake Kaho, Higuchi Ichiyo, Tazawa Inabune, Kitada Usurai, Nogami Yaeko, and Mizuno Senko. the quantity additionally contains a thorough advent to every interpreting, an intensive index directory ancient, social, and literary techniques, and a accomplished advisor to additional research.

    The fierce tenor and impressive content material of those texts refute the preferred trust that girls of this period have been passive and silent. a necessary addition to classes in women's stories and eastern literature and background, The sleek Murasaki is a unique source for college students and scholars.

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  • Download E-books The Ronin's Mistress: A Novel (Sano Ichiro Novels) PDF

    By Laura Joh Rowland

    The Ronin's Mistress is an excellent new twist at the fabled story of the forty seven Ronin, from Laura Joh Rowland--an writer with "a painter's eye for the trivialities of court docket lifestyles [and] a politican's ear for intrigue." --The ny instances booklet Review

    Japan, 1703. On a snowy evening, forty seven warriors homicide the guy on the heart of the scandal that grew to become them from samurai into masterless ronin years sooner than. truly this used to be an act of revenge--but why did they wait see you later? And is there any cause they need to no longer instantly be ordered to devote ritual suicide?

    Sano Ichiro, demoted from Chamberlain to his previous publish as so much Honorable Investigator of occasions, events, and other people, has mere days to resolve the best secret of samurai legend--while his personal fortunes grasp within the balance.

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  • Download E-books Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior (P.S.) PDF

    By John Man

    The first significant pop background of the japanese stealth assassins, John Man's Ninja is a meticulously researched, unique combination of mythology, anthropology, travelogue, and background of the mythical shadow warriors.

    Spies, assassins, saboteurs, and mystery brokers, Ninja became the topic of numerous legends that proceed to enthrall us in smooth videos, games, and comics—and their arts are nonetheless practiced in our time via devoted acolytes who research the traditional techniques.

    Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior, through British historian John guy, is as colourful and fascinating because the warriors it so vividly brings to life.

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  • Download E-books Love Japan [UK], Issue 2 (2015) PDF

    Love Japan is created via lovers, for enthusiasts. we now have individuals from the united states, Japan and united kingdom, and all of us percentage something in universal; a keenness for jap tradition.

    Love Japan is inventive, modern and vibrant, and packed with enjoyable and fascinating jap comparable issues. From shuttle, nutrients, model, and artwork, to interviews, occasions, and pa tradition, we'll have it coated. we wish to fill the distance available in the market for those who wish their eastern repair with an aspect order of eye sweet.

    Put jointly through a small inventive group from London within the united kingdom, our journal is a fusion of East meets West.
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  • Download E-books Hitching Rides with Buddha: Travels in Search of Japan PDF

    By Will Ferguson

    Initially released as Hokkaido road Blues, with restricted distribution in Canada, Will Ferguson’s vintage publication approximately Japan, for all enthusiasts of the bestselling Beauty assistance from Moose Jaw.

    With an identical fervour they've got for outlandish online game exhibits and tiny contraptions, the japanese pass nuts each one spring whilst the cherry blossoms sweep from island to island in the direction of the country’s northerly tip. Will Ferguson used to be celebrating the development within the regular style. And after method an excessive amount of sake he introduced he may be the first individual in recorded heritage to persist with the blossom’s development finish to finish. To make it a problem worthy doing, he’d hitchhike the entire method: hoping on the kindness of a few very strange strangers.

    Mixing his penchant for biting remark with depraved humour, Ferguson begins on the southernmost tip of Cape Sata and heads north for far-off Hokkaido. even if he's doing the forbidden and never understanding it, or preserving "conversations by means of non sequitur," it's a trip packed with misadventures and revelations. The ensuing travelogue is likely one of the funniest and so much illuminating books ever written approximately Japan.

    To make issues worse, i made a decision to hitchhike. outstanding a heroic stance, I declared my goal to my eastern associates to develop into the 1st individual ever to hitchhike the size of Japan, end-to-end, cape-to-cape, sea-to-sea. This didn't galvanize them up to I had hoped.

    “Why might you must do that?” they requested, surely wondered. “There isn't any cause to hitchhike. That’s why we outfitted the Bullet Train.”

    Others apprehensive approximately my security. “But,” i'd argue, “Japan is a really secure state, is it not?”

    “Oh, certain. Very secure. most secure within the world.”

    “So why shouldn’t I hitchhike?”

    “Because Japan is dangerous.”

    And so on.

    Now, i'll admit that mooching rides throughout Japan isn't really an important success — I suggest, it’s unlike I paddled up the Amazon or found insulin or something — yet i'm the 1st individual ever to do that, so enable me my hubris.

    When I left my domestic in Minamata urban aboard a southbound educate, I felt definitely daring with my backpack and muscular thumb.

    “I’m going to hitchhike the size of Japan,” I instructed the fellow beside me.

    He smiled and nodded.

    “I’m going to stick to the cherry blossoms.”

    He nodded.

    “All how you can Russia,” I said.

    He smiled back, and shortly after replaced seats.
    —from Hitching Rides with Buddha

    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Download E-books The Lost Wolves of Japan (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books) PDF

    By Brett L. Walker

    Many jap as soon as respected the wolf as Oguchi no Magami, or Large-Mouthed natural God, yet as Japan begun its sleek transformation wolves misplaced their otherworldly prestige and have become noxious animals that had to be killed. via 1905 they'd disappeared from the rustic. during this lively and soaking up narrative, Brett Walker takes a deep examine the medical, cultural, and environmental dimensions of wolf extinction in Japan and tracks altering attitudes towards nature via Japan's lengthy history.

    Grain farmers as soon as worshiped wolves at shrines and left foodstuff choices close to their dens, beseeching the elusive dogs to guard their plants from the pointy hooves and voracious appetites of untamed boars and deer. Talismans and charms decorated with pictures of wolves protected from hearth, sickness, and different calamities and taken fertility to agrarian groups and to hoping to have young ones. The Ainu humans believed that they have been born from the union of a wolflike creature and a goddess.

    In the eighteenth century, wolves have been noticeable as rabid man-killers in lots of elements of Japan. hugely ritualized wolf hunts have been instigated to cleanse the panorama of what many regarded as demons. via the 19th century, even though, the destruction of wolves had turn into decidedly unceremonious, as visible at the island of Hokkaido. via poisoning, employed hunters, and a bounty approach, one of many archipelago's greatest carnivores was once systematically erased.

    The tale of wolf extinction exposes the bottom of Japan's modernization. convinced wolf scientists nonetheless camp out in Japan to pay attention for any hint of the elusive canine. The quiet they adventure reminds us of the profound silence that awaits all humanity while, because the jap priest Kenko taught virtually seven centuries in the past, we "look on fellow sentient creatures with out feeling compassion."
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