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Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre

by Samuel L. Leiter Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 30, 2014)

This updated edition adds well over 200 plot summaries representing each theatrical form in addition to:

  • a chronology;
  • introductory essay;
  • appendixes;
  • an extensive bibliography;
  • over 1500 cross-referenced entries...


A Lateral View: Essays on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan

by Donald Richie Stone Bridge Press (July 01, 1998)

A revealing look at the Japanese through the window of their contemporary culture.


The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century

by Steven D. Carter Columbia University Press (July 29, 2014)

A court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a Meiji-period novelist, and a physicist at Tokyo University. What do they have in common, besides being Japanese? They all wrote zuihitsu—a uniquely...


The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters

by no Yasumaro Ō & Gustav Heldt Columbia University Press (September 09, 2014)

Written in the early eighth century, the Kojiki is considered Japan’s first literary and historical work. A compilation of myths, legends, songs, and genealogies, it recounts the birth of Japan’s islands,...


American Political and Cultural Perspectives on Japan: From Perry to Obama

by John H. Miller Lexington Books (April 02, 2014)

American Political and Cultural Perspectives on Japan: From Perry to Obama presents a panoramic survey of American images and ideas about Japan—past, present, and future.


The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

by Sugawara no Takasue no Musume, Sonja Arntzen & Moriyuki Ito Columbia University Press (July 22, 2014)

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile later in life,...


Function-Based Spatiality and the Development of Korean Communities in Japan: A Complex Adaptive Systems Theory Approach

by David Rands Lexington Books (May 21, 2014)

Function-Based Spatiality and the Development of Korean Communities in Japan addresses the impact of urban environments on the development of Korean communities in Japan. It takes into consideration the historically...


The Nightless City: Geisha and Courtesan Life in Old Tokyo

by J. E. de Becker Dover Publications (October 25, 2012)

This unsurpassed study from 100 years ago ventured into Tokyo's red-light district to survey geisha and courtesan life and offer meticulous descriptions of training, dress, social hierarchy, and erotic practices....


Ten Questions on Could China Win the Next War?

by Senator Wong Senator Wong (April 03, 2014)

This book is written for all who are interested to know the likely outcomes to the island disputes that are occurring in the Asia-Pacific region revolving around countries such as China, Japan, Vietnam, the...


A Discipline on Foot: Inventing Japanese Native Ethnography, 1910-1945

by Alan Christy Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 17, 2012)

Exploring the fundamental question of how a new discipline comes into being, this groundbreaking book tells the story of the emergence of native ethnology in Imperial Japan, a “one nation” social science...


When the Earth Roars: Lessons from the History of Earthquakes in Japan

by Gregory Smits Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 21, 2014)

Japan, which is among the most earthquake-prone regions in the world, has a long history of responding to seismic disasters. However, despite advances in earthquake-related safety technologies, the destructiveness...


Heritage Politics: Shuri Castle and Okinawa's Incorporation into Modern Japan, 1879-2000

by Tze May Loo Lexington Books (March 14, 2014)

Tze May Loo's HeritagePolitics examines Okinawa’s relationship with the Japanese nation-state from 1879 to 2000 through the lens of cultural heritage. This book is a study of the politics of cultural heritage:...


Historical Dictionary of Tokyo

by Roman Cybriwsky Scarecrow Press (February 18, 2011)

The Historical Dictionary of Tokyo, Second Edition covers Tokyo—one of the world's largest, most important, and most complex cities—from the earliest times to the present. This is done through a chronology,...


Lust, Commerce, and Corruption: An Account of What I Have Seen and Heard, by an Edo Samurai

by Fumiko Miyazaki, Anne Walthall, John Breen & Mark Teeuwen et al. Columbia University Press (February 04, 2014)

By 1816, Japan had recovered from famines and political reforms and seemed to be approaching a new period of growth. No one questioned the shogunate, yet, in this same year, an anonymous author wrote one of...


Samurai Revolution: The Dawn of Modern Japan Seen Through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai

by Romulus Hillsborough Tuttle Publishing (March 25, 2014)

Japan's dramatic rise from a political backwater to a great power; an inside look at the men and their times that shaped a nation.

Samurai Revolution tells the fascinating story of Japan's transformation from...


Refining Nature in Modern Japanese Literature: The Life and Art of Shiga Naoya

by Nanyan Guo Lexington Books (January 23, 2014)

This book deepens our understanding of the dynamics between nature and culture in Japanese thought and feeling. The author provides a detailed study of Shiga Naoya’s nature-inspired literature as an example...


Tales of the Samurai

by James S. de Benneville Dover Publications (August 02, 2012)

A young lord undertakes the restoration of his family's fortunes and honor in this gripping retelling of a 15th-century Japanese epic. Gripping and evocative, this excellent translation recounts rebellions,...


Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings

by Edward S. Morse Dover Publications (October 16, 2012)

In this book the author writes about the more than 4 years he spent visiting hundreds of Japanese homes and learning as much as possible about their construction, design, furnishings, and relative merits. 307...


A Curious Madness

by Eric Jaffe Scribner (January 14, 2014)

From an “illuminating and entertaining” (The New York Times) young writer, the story that explores the fateful intersection of two men at the Tokyo war crimes trial that followed World War II: a Japanese...


The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan

by Adam Clulow Columbia University Press (December 24, 2013)

The Dutch East India Company was a hybrid organization combining the characteristics of both corporation and state that attempted to thrust itself aggressively into an Asian political order in which it possessed...


An Encouragement of Learning

by Yukichi Fukuzawa, David A. Dilworth & Shunsaku Nishikawa Columbia University Press (December 17, 2013)

The intellectual and social theorist Yukichi Fukuzawa wrote An Encouragement of Learning (1872–1876) as a series of pamphlets as he completed his critical masterpiece, An Outline of a Theory of Civilization...


Historical Dictionary of Japan to 1945

by Kenneth Henshall Scarecrow Press (November 07, 2013)

The early history of Japan is told through a detailed chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, an extensive bibliography, and over 800 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important people, organizations,...


A Korean War Captive in Japan, 1597¿1600: The Writings of Kang Hang

by JaHyun Kim Haboush & Kenneth R. Robinson Columbia University Press (July 09, 2013)

Kang Hang was a Korean scholar-official taken prisoner in 1597 by an invading Japanese army during the Imjin War of 1592–1598. While in captivity in Japan, Kang recorded his thoughts on human civilization,...


The Tale of Genji: Translation, Canonization, and World Literature

by Michael Emmerich Columbia University Press (June 25, 2013)

Michael Emmerich thoroughly revises the conventional narrative of the early modern and modern history of The Tale of Genji. Exploring iterations of the work from the 1830s to the 1950s, he demonstrates how translations...


Historical Dictionary of United States-Japan Relations

by Van John Sant, Peter Mauch & Yoneyuki Sugita Scarecrow Press (January 29, 2007)

The Historical Dictionary of United States-Japan Relations traces this one hundred and fifty year relationship through a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, a bibliography, and cross-referenced dictionary...


Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age

by Mark McLelland Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 25, 2005)

Scholarship on Japan has recently broadened to include minority perspectives on communities from marginal workers to those whose sexuality has long been overlooked. This volume, with its combination of fieldwork...


The Scars of War: Tokyo during World War II: Writings of Takeyama Michio

by Richard H. Minear Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 09, 2007)

Takeyama Michio, the author of Harp of Burma, was thirty-seven in 1941, the year of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Husband, father of children born during the war, and teacher at Japan's elite school of...


The Human Tradition in Modern Japan

by Anne Walthall Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 01, 2002)

The Human Tradition in Modern Japan is a collection of short biographies of ordinary Japanese men and women, most of them unknown outside their family and locality, whose lives collectively span the nineteenth...


Yogaku: Japanese Music in the 20th Century

by Luciana Galliano & Martin Mayes Scarecrow Press (November 19, 2002)

Yogaku discusses over a century of musical activity in Japan, detailing, in particular, the music that was inspired by Western music after the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century, and its development through...


The Great Kanto Earthquake and the Chimera of National Reconstruction in Japan

by J. Charles Schencking Columbia University Press (June 11, 2013)

In September 1923, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake and subsequent firestorms devastated nearly half of Japan’s capital, killing more than 120,000 people and leaving two million homeless. Using a rich array of source...


The Swordless Samurai

by Kitami Masao & Tim Clark St. Martin's Press (July 02, 2013)

It was the Age of Wars, a time of endless chaos and bloodshed, when the only law was the law of the sword, and a peasant boy named Hideyoshi dreamed of becoming a samurai. He lacked size and strength and well...


Supreme Commander

by Seymour Morris, Jr. Harper (April 15, 2014)

Seymour Morris Jr. combines political history, military biography, and business management to tell the story of General Douglas MacArthur's tremendous success in rebuilding Japan after World War II in Supreme...


Historical Dictionary of Modern Japanese Literature and Theater

by Scott J. Miller Scarecrow Press (July 01, 2009)

Historical Dictionary of Modern Japanese Literature and Theater presents a broad perspective on the development and history of literature_narrative, poetry, and drama_in modern Japan. It focuses specifically...


Ninja

by John Man William Morrow Paperbacks (February 05, 2013)

The first major pop history of the Japanese stealth assassins, John Man's Ninja is a meticulously researched, entertaining blend of mythology, anthropology, travelogue, and history of the legendary shadow warriors....


An Imperial Concubine's Tale: Scandal, Shipwreck, and Salvation in Seventeenth-Century Japan

by G. G. Rowley Columbia University Press (December 11, 2012)

Japan in the early seventeenth century was a wild place. Serial killers stalked the streets of Kyoto at night, while noblemen and women mingled freely at the imperial palace, drinking saké and watching kabuki...


Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan

by Ronald H. Spector Free Press (December 11, 2012)

Historian Ronald H. Spector, drawing on declassified intelligence files, an abundance of British and American archival material, Japanese scholarship and documents, and the research and memoirs of scholars,...


Sirens of the Western Shore: Westernesque Women and Translation in Modern Japanese Literature

by Indra Levy Columbia University Press (November 06, 2006)

Indra Levy introduces a new archetype in the study of modern Japanese literature: the "Westernesque femme fatale," an alluring figure who is ethnically Japanese but evokes the West in her physical appearance,...


Historical Dictionary of Postwar Japan

by William D. Hoover Scarecrow Press (March 18, 2011)

The Historical Dictionary of Historical Dictionary of Postwar Japan relates the history of postwar Japan through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary...


The Art of the Japanese Sword: The Craft of Swordmaking and its Appreciation

by Yoshindo Yoshihara, Leon Kapp & Hiroko Kapp Tuttle Publishing (September 10, 2012)

In The Art of the Japanese Sword, master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara offers a detailed look at the entire process of Japanese sword making, including the finishing and appreciation of Japanese blades.

Japanese...


Samurai Weapons: Tools of the Warrior

by Don Cunningham Tuttle Publishing (August 21, 2012)

Unlock the secrets of the legendary weapons of the samurai

While the samurai is well known as the military nobility of medieval Japan, their range of weapons, which went far beyond the katana, bow, and spear,...


Traces of Early Men in Japan

by Edward Sylvester Morse Lm Publishers (October 14, 2019)

There is no race of people in whose origin we are more interested than in that of the Japanese. Their history going so completely back for nearly two thousand years, their civilization, which in so many respects...


Japan's Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922: 'A Great Disobedience Against the People'

by Paul E. Dunscomb Lexington Books (July 10, 2012)

The first complete narrative of Japan's Siberian Intervention in either Japanese or English placing the intervention in the context of the evolution of Japanese imperialism and of its domestic politics. It represents...


Contemporary Japanese Thought

by Richard Calichman Columbia University Press (September 14, 2005)

Appearing for the first time in English, the writings in this collection reflect some of the most innovative and influential work by Japanese intellectuals in recent years. The volume offers a rare and much-needed...


Quartered Safe Out Here

by George Macdonald Fraser Skyhorse (October 17, 2007)

George MacDonald Fraser—beloved for his series of Flashman historical novels—offers an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma during World War II. Fraser was only 19 when he arrived there in the...


The Bloody Battle of Suribachi

by Richard Wheeler & Robert Lorenz Skyhorse (October 17, 2007)

The classic first-hand WWII narrative that chronicles the Marines' savage five-day struggle to wrest Mount Suribachi from its tenacious Japanese defenders during their 35 day battle for Iwo Jima in 1945. Revised...


The Emperor's Codes

by Michael Smith Arcade (August 01, 2011)

In this gripping, previously untold story from World War II, Michael Smith examines how code breakers cracked Japan’s secret codes and won the war in the Pacific. He also takes the reader step by step through...


The Forgotten Highlander

by Alistair Urquhart Skyhorse (October 01, 2010)

Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders, captured by the Japanese in Singapore. Forced into manual labor as a POW, he survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious “Death...


Historical Dictionary of Postwar Japan

by William D. Hoover Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 15, 2018)

Japan is a mix of the old and the new, traditional and modern, and old fashion and innovative. It has traveled the road to a modern destination without totally losing sight of its traditions and values. Although...


The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

by Jeremy A. Yellen Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

In The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, Jeremy Yellen exposes the history, politics, and intrigue that characterized the era when Japan's "total empire" met the total war of World War II. He illuminates...


Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare: From the School of Certain Victory

by Thomas Cleary Tuttle Publishing (November 10, 2012)

This samurai strategy books is the first widely available English translation of Yamamoto Kansuke's classic treatise on strategy and tactics.

Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare is Thomas Cleary's translation...