First Into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on by George Weller

By George Weller

Misplaced for greater than part a century, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist George Weller’s mythical dispatches from post-atomic-bomb Nagasaki have been came across after his dying through his son, Anthony Weller. the following, this ancient physique of labor is released for the 1st time.

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Japan's Decision to Surrender by Robert J.C. Butow

By Robert J.C. Butow

This exchange paperback is either heritage and political technology. Dr. Butow offers in nice element with the tangled occasions. the fabric levels from legit files to private interviews and correspondence with a number of the jap concerned. it's a definitive account of the lads, occasions, rules, politics and pressures that contributed to Japan's determination to give up.

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Overcome by Modernity: History, Culture, and Community in by Harry D. Harootunian

By Harry D. Harootunian

In the many years among the 2 international Wars, Japan made a dramatic access into the fashionable age, increasing its capital industries and urbanizing so speedy as to rival many long-standing Western commercial societies. How the japanese made experience of the unexpected transformation and the next upward thrust of mass tradition is the point of interest of Harry Harootunian's attention-grabbing inquiry into the issues of modernity. the following he examines the paintings of a iteration of jap intellectuals who, like their eu opposite numbers, observed modernity as a spectacle of ceaseless swap that uprooted the dominant historic tradition from its mounted values and substituted a tradition in line with fable and hope. Harootunian not just explains why the japanese valued philosophical understandings of those occasions, usually over sociological or empirical factors, but additionally locates Japan's event of modernity inside a bigger worldwide approach marked via either modernism and fascism.

What stuck the eye of jap thinkers used to be how the construction of hope really threatened historic tradition. those intellectuals sought to "overcome" the materialism and consumerism linked to the West, rather the us. They proposed models of a modernity rooted in cultural authenticity and geared toward infusing that means into daily life, even if via paintings, reminiscence, or neighborhood. Harootunian lines those principles within the works of Yanagita Kunio, Tosaka Jun, Gonda Yasunosuke, and Kon Wajiro, between others, and relates their arguments to these of such ecu writers as George Simmel, Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Georges Bataille.

Harootunian exhibits that eastern and ecu intellectuals shared the various comparable issues, and in addition stresses that neither Japan's involvement with fascism nor its past due access into the capitalist, business scene may still reason historians to view its adventure of modernity as an oddity. the writer argues that traces of fascism ran all through so much each nation in Europe and in lots of methods resulted from modernizing tendencies as a rule. This publication, written by means of a number one pupil of contemporary Japan, quantities to a tremendous reinterpretation of the character of Japan's modernity.

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Kokoro by Natsume S?seki

By Natsume S?seki

No selection of jap literature is entire with no Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most renowned novel and the final he entire ahead of his loss of life. released the following within the first new translation in additional than fifty years, Kokoro--meaning "heart"-is the tale of a refined and poignant friendship among unnamed characters, a tender guy and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei". Haunted by means of tragic secrets and techniques that experience solid a protracted shadow over his lifestyles, Sensei slowly opens as much as his younger disciple, confessing indiscretions from his personal scholar days that experience left him reeling with guilt, and revealing, within the probably unbridgeable chasm among his ethical soreness and his student's fight to appreciate it, the profound cultural shift from one new release to the subsequent that characterised Japan within the early 20th century.

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Japanese Castles AD 250-1540 (Fortress) by Stephen Turnbull

By Stephen Turnbull

Popular professional Stephen Turnbull examines the castles inbuilt Japan, from the 1st primitive fortifications within the Yayoi interval (300 BC-AD 250) via to the 1st right castles which started to be constructed with the increase to energy of the Yamato courtroom, the 1st emperors of Japan in round advert 250. reading the shut ties that early eastern dynasties needed to either China and Korea, Turnbull assesses how jap protective structure betrays those influences.

Also tested is the influence that the terrain in Japan had on fortifications - from the early reliance on earthworks and palisades and the advance of wood and earth castles, frequently sited at the best of the mountains, into extra complicated stone structures within the fifteenth century. ultimately, the emergence of the stone towers which are so attribute of samurai is investigated, as is the slow version of eastern castles to house the creation of firearms. With formerly unpublished pictures from the author's inner most assortment and full-color art, together with special cutaways, this is often an important consultant to the interesting improvement of jap castles.

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Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm, Japan by Marilyn Ivy

By Marilyn Ivy

Publish 12 months note: initially released in 1995
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Japan this present day is haunted through the ghosts its miraculous modernity has generated. Deep anxieties concerning the strength lack of nationwide id and continuity disturb many in Japan, regardless of common insistence that it has remained culturally intact. during this provocative conjoining of ethnography, historical past, and cultural feedback, Marilyn Ivy discloses those anxieties—and the makes an attempt to comprise them—as she tracks what she calls the vanishing: marginalized occasions, websites, and cultural practices suspended at moments of coming near near disappearance.

Ivy exhibits how a fascination with cultural margins observed the emergence of Japan as a latest countryside. This fascination culminated within the early twentieth-century institution of jap folklore reports and its makes an attempt to list the spectral, occasionally violent, narratives of these margins. She then lines the obsession with the vanishing via a number modern reconfigurations: efforts by way of distant groups to advertise themselves as nostalgic websites of authenticity, storytelling practices as symptoms of premodern presence, mass trip campaigns, recallings of the lifeless by means of blind mediums, and itinerant, kabuki-inspired populist theater.

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Deep River by Shusaku Endo

By Shusaku Endo

A visit to India turns into a trip of discovery for a gaggle of jap travelers enjoying out their "individual dramas of the soul." Isobe searches for his reincarnated spouse, whereas Kiguchi relives the wartime horror that eventually stored his existence. Alienated via center age, Mitsuko follows Otsu, a failed priest, to the holy urban of Varanas, hoping that the murky Ganges holds the key to the "difference among being alive and really living." searching for absolutes, each one personality confronts as an alternative the ethical ambiguity of India's complicated tradition, within which strong and evil are visible as an entire as detached to contrast because the Ganges River, which washes the dwelling and transports the useless. This novel is an engaging research of cultural truths printed via a wealthy and sundry solid. Endo, one in every of Japan's major writers, (The ultimate Martyrs, LJ 9/1/94) skillfully depicts the small information of lifestyles, making an investment them with common value. hugely suggested.

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Black Lotus (Sano Ichiro, Book 6) by Laura Joh Rowland

By Laura Joh Rowland

In September of 1693, the Black Lotus Temple, religious heart for 1000's of Buddhist nuns, clergymen, monks, and orphans, is burned to the floor leaving 3 useless and one orphan working for protection. Veteran samurai-detective Sano Ichiro, the main Honorable Investigator of occasions, events and other people, is termed directly to examine the incident. He speedy discovers that regardless of appearances, the sufferers didn't die within the fireplace: they have been brutally murdered ahead of the hearth even all started.

With a triple murder on his fingers, Sano's look for a killer leads him to Haru, the orphan lady came upon on the scene of the crime. yet Sano's spouse Reiko, investigating the case opposed to Sano's needs, is confident of Haru's innocence. Reiko's research leads her in the back of the partitions of the Black Lotus Temple. it truly is inside those partitions that she discovers a sect considering extortion, prostitution, and hedonistic rituals. may one of many sect's individuals be the killer? Will Reiko chance her marriage to Sano so one can turn out Haru's innocence?

Set within the luscious finery of the samurai courtroom of medieval Japan, this most recent installment within the best-selling sequence by means of Laura Joh Rowland, is full of stunning surprises and suspense as readers are once more allowed entry into the realm of Sano Ichiro.

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Sherlock Holmes in Japan by Keith E. Webb

By Keith E. Webb

For the 1st time English language readers can discover Japan's fascination with Sherlock Holmes. during this particular Sherlockian research, Keith Webb, the editor of The Dispatch field, the one English language e-newsletter approximately eastern Sherlockians, provides an insider's investigate the biggest Sherlock Holmes flow within the world.

Sherlock Holmes in Japan lines Holmes' first visual appeal within the Nihonjin journal in 1894 the entire strategy to state-of-the-art Japan Sherlock Holmes membership occasions. You'll examine funny contextualized translations akin to The Bald-Headed League, and using jap names for Holmes and Watson. you'll be brought to well-known eastern Sherlockians, and become aware of what made the Holmes tales probably the most coveted books by means of eastern squaddies in W.W.II.

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