• A Japanese Touch for Your Home

    By Koji Yagi

    Full of dependent designs and smart advice, A eastern contact to your Home deals daring and fascinating rules for reworking your place or adorning your condominium. the writer, architect Koji Yagi, explains the elemental parts of eastern inside layout and exhibits you the way to take advantage of them.

    Install tatami mats and shoji doors-cardinal parts of eastern inside design-and see how superbly they reply to the Western domestic. switch the dimensions and form of a room simply and tastefully with bamboo displays and movable walls. construct an easy Japanese-style alcove, beautify it with whatever distinct, after which flaunt it. try out a few jap lights techniques-low, tender, and gorgeous. switch the temper of a room, and alter your approach of issues.

    A eastern contact in your Home contains even more. sensible, approachable, and actual, it really is written by way of a well-liked eastern architect fascinated about the calls for of up to date life, and the solutions that conventional eastern layout has to supply.

    Over one hundred twenty colour plates taken by way of a number one jap photographer accompany the trained textual content. additionally, over 2 hundred black and white sketches, ground plans, and a bit on homemade tasks make this a publication that would pique your wish to be artistic after which assist you to satisfy it. a realistic advisor for owners, inside designers, and those who prefer to paintings with their heads and their arms, this e-book will introduce you to a brand new means of living.

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  • After Dark (Vintage International)

    By Haruki Murakami

    A swish, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo through the spooky hours among nighttime and sunrise, by way of an across the world popular literary phenomenon.

    Murakami's trademark humor, mental perception, and clutch of spirit and morality are right here distilled with a rare, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka at the Shore and The Wind-up poultry Chronicle foreign bestsellers, with a shocking infusion of center, Murakami has produced considered one of his so much captivating fictions but.

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  • The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan

    Ivan Morris’s definitive and extensively acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious and depression global of old Japan.

    utilizing The story of Genji and different significant literary works from Japan’s Heian interval as a body of reference, The international of the Shining Prince recreates an period while ladies set the cultural tone. targeting the area of the emperor’s court—a international deeply well-liked by way of Virginia Woolf, between others—renowned student of eastern background and literature Ivan Morris explores the politics, society, non secular existence, and superstitions of the period.

    supplying readers unique portrayals of the day-by-day lives of courtiers, the cult of attractiveness they espoused, and the complex relatives among the lads and ladies of the age, The global of the Shining Prince has been a cornerstone textual content on historical Japan for part a century.

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  • Direct Translation Impossible: Tales from the Land of the Rising Sun

    By Chad Frisk

    Many Westerners are intrigued via jap tradition, yet just a small percent of them get to determine it up shut. only a few of them certainly get as shut as Chad Frisk. In his brief new ebook he stocks his reviews: - suffering from and studying a international language - Overcoming tradition surprise and its overlooked cousin, opposite tradition surprise - educating English with out formal education - Breaking into conventional eastern fairs - dealing with cross-cultural miscommunication - continually feeling silly This publication is a window into the lifetime of a foreigner in Japan and may entice a person who's contemplating instructing English in another country, desires to see Japan from the interior with out procuring a aircraft price tag, or enjoys the occasional dose of schadenfreude.

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  • Basho's Haiku: Selected Poems of Matsuo Basho

    Basho's Haiku deals the main accomplished translation but of the poetry of jap author Matsuo Basho (1644 1694), who's credited with perfecting and popularizing the haiku kind of poetry. the most greatly learn eastern writers, either inside of his personal nation and all over the world, Basho is principally loved through those that delight in nature and those that perform Zen Buddhism. Born into the samurai category, Basho rejected that international after the demise of his grasp and have become a wandering poet and instructor. in the course of his travels throughout Japan, he grew to become a lay Zen monk and studied background and classical poetry. His poems contained a magical caliber and expressed common topics via uncomplicated pictures from the wildlife.
    David Landis Barnhill's tremendous e-book strives for literal translations of Basho's paintings, prepared chronologically so one can express Basho's improvement as a author. fending off wordy and explanatory translations, Barnhill captures the brevity and energy of the unique jap, letting the pictures recommend the intensity of that means concerned. Barnhill additionally offers an summary of haiku poetry and analyzes the importance of nature during this literary shape, whereas suggesting the significance of Basho to modern American literature and environmental thought."

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  • Ryokan: Japan's Finest Spas and Inns

    With over one hundred eighty colour pictures and broad statement, this ebook showcases the wonderful thing about eastern lodge, or ryokan.

    Featured are either previous and new-from resorts with a historical past relationship again 1000 years to fashionable lodges with the newest amenities that still seize the spirit of previous Japan. all 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 hotels at their top, and competently convey the original architectural layout of every ryokan.

    Each bankruptcy starts off by way of introducing the realm surrounding the resorts and their spas, or onsen, and offers a historical past of its neighborhood background, tradition and traditions, in addition to the usual surroundings. The textual content presents details 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 ebook offers touch information and knowledge at the variety of rooms, form of amenities and nutrition, in addition to important info on commute and reserving systems and no matter if English is spoken. For these excited about jap tradition and layout, this e-book is an absolute satisfaction.

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  • To the Ends of Japan: Premodern Frontiers, Boundaries, and Interactions

    By Bruce Loyd Batten

    What's Japan? who're its humans? those questions are between these addressed in Bruce Batten's formidable examine of Japan's ancient improvement throughout the 19th century. frequently, Japan has been portrayed as a homogenous society shaped over millennia in digital isolation. Social historians and others have began to query this view, emphasizing variety and interplay, either in the jap archipelago and among Japan and different elements of Eurasia. beforehand, besides the fact that, no e-book has tried to unravel those conflicting perspectives in a finished, systematic manner.

    To the Ends of Japan tackles the "big questions" on Japan via targeting its borders, widely outlined to incorporate ancient frontiers and limits in the islands themselves in addition to the most obvious coastlines and oceans. Batten presents compelling arguments for viewing borders now not as geographic "givens," yet as social constructs whose position and value can, and do, switch over the years. by way of giving separate therapy to the old improvement of political, cultural, and ethnic borders within the archipelago, he highlights the advanced, multifaceted nature of eastern society, with no wasting sight of the extra basic ameliorations that experience separated Japan from its nearest acquaintances within the archipelago and at the Eurasian continent.
    Following an research of 4 very important different types of cross-border site visitors (political and armed forces interplay, alternate regarding bulk items and status goods, and data flows), Batten offers an unique and hugely nuanced photograph of Japan's exterior contacts from prehistoric occasions in the course of the 19th century. He unearths a rustic that used to be primarily autarkic in a few respects yet tightly sure to the remainder of Eurasia in others. The depth and geographic scope of Japan's exterior hyperlinks, he argues, fluctuated broadly yet tended to extend over time--a development that culminated in its incorporation in the "modern global system" following the Meiji recovery of 1868.

    Unusually extensive ranging in scope and hugely eclectic in strategy, To the Ends of Japan bargains a clean and coherent view of jap historical past that might entice either scholars of Japan and East Asia and readers with a basic curiosity in frontiers and borders.

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  • Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction

    Japan is arguably present day such a lot winning commercial economic climate, combining virtually exceptional affluence with social balance and obvious concord. eastern items and cultural products--from lively videos and computing device video games to automobiles, semiconductors, and administration techniques--are ate up worldwide. in lots of methods, Japan is an icon of the trendy international, and but it is still anything of an enigma to many, who see it as a complicated montage of the alien and the commonly used, the traditional and smooth. This Very brief Introduction explodes the myths and explores the truth of contemporary Japan, delivering a concise, attractive, and available examine the heritage, financial system, politics, and tradition of this attention-grabbing state. It examines what the time period "modern" skill to the japanese, debunks the idea that Japan went via a interval of overall isolation from the realm, and explores the continuity among pre- and post-war Japan. someone fascinated about this fascinating kingdom will discover a wealth of perception and data in those pages.

    About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions provide an creation to a couple of life's best issues. Written via specialists for the newcomer, they show the best modern pondering the critical difficulties and concerns in countless numbers of key subject matters, from philosophy to Freud, quantum thought to Islam

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  • Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System (CD-ROM Included)

    By Timothy G. Stout

    The approach that is helped millions within the U.S. and Japan examine jap successfully.

    The jap language has simple writing structures, hiragana and katakana, as well as the person who makes use of chinese language characters or Kanji. this convenient e-book teaches you a brand new mnemonics–based solution to learn and write the fundamental ninety two hiragana and katakana characters.

    • Memorable photograph mnemonics assist you to profit the characters by way of associating their shapes and sounds with combos of pictures and English phrases already popular to you.
    • Clear examples and wonderful exercises provide possibilities to learn, write, use and perform all forty six uncomplicated hiragana and forty six simple katakana characters, plus the rest kana that stand for extra complicated sounds.
    • Polish your knowledge with observe searches, crossword puzzles, fill–in–the–blanks, timed acceptance quizzes, and different attention-grabbing activities.
    • The CD–ROM lets you print out your personal flash playing cards (featuring a similar mnemonic photographs taught within the e-book) that can assist you assessment and perform, even when you are at the go.

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