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Okinawa - The History Of An Island PeopleOkinawa - The History Of An Island People by Kerr, George

This is the definitive book available in English on the history of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands, and an influential scholarly work in the field of Japanese studies. Noted Eastern affairs specialist George Kerr recounts the fascinating history of the island and its environs, from 1314 A.D. to the late twentieth century. First published in 1958, this edition features an introduction and appendix by Okinawa history scholar Mitsugu Sakihara, making this the most comprehensive resource on the intriguing island of Okinawa.

Seduction: Japan's Floating World - The John C. Weber CollectionSeduction: Japan's Floating World - The John C. Weber Collection by Allen, Laura W.

Seduction show how images of courtesans were constructed as objects of desire, and it considers how the artistic version aligned with or departed from the reality of women's lives. It traces the ways that art was used to transport viewers to a constructed realm of sensory delights to stimulate desires and gratify fantasies of carefree pleasure. Editor Laura W. Allen offers an overview of the seductive spell cast by the floating world and provides helpful entries on each of the featured objects. The result is a fascinating study of the way that visual objects were used to convey insider knowledge about the latest fashions in clothing, hairstyles, accessories, and even games.

Criteria For Those Who Reach The Top, The: To Lead With Mind And HeartCriteria For Those Who Reach The Top, The: To Lead With Mind And Heart by Egawa, Toshio; Ako Egawa & Ooi Kee Beng (Eds.)

The world is no doubt full of self-improvement books. What sets Toshio Egawa's book apart is that its focus is more about being at The Top than about getting there. Of course, the traits that get you there and the traits that keep you there overlap in many cases. One could go further to say that it is not always clear whether one is on the way to the top, is at the top or is on the way down from the top. But there are ethical goals and self-reflections; social attitudes and pragmatic shrewdness, as well as a sense of time passing, which should be cultivated in any case if one is to live a full and meaningful life. The Top may not be a place that we can easily locate.

Eva, Kopi And Matcha 2.0Eva, Kopi And Matcha 2.0 by Neo, Evangeline

Evangeline Neo's gallery of cultural differences continues with this follow-up to Eva, Kopi and Matcha. During her studies abroad in the United States and Japan, Eva's early brushes with how things are in those countries left such an impression on her that she eventually recorded them in webcomics, which featured her imaginary pets: Kopi the dog and Matcha the cat. In this volume, readers are also regaled with often hilarious anecdotes of life abroad and comparisons between her home country of Singapore and places such as the United States, Vietnam, Indonesia and, of course, Japan.

Eva Goes SoloEva Goes Solo by Neo, Evangeline

Eva had always wanted to experience life in Japan. But upon her arrival there in pursuit of a master's degree, she soon finds that it's not entirely like what she'd read in anime and manga. In this follow-up to her previous work, follow Eva's footsteps as she experiences some of the best and not-quite-best Japan has to offer during her postgraduate adventure. Her accounts, sometimes harrowing and informative, show that her fondness for all things Japanese has not waned, despite everything.

Memory Eaters, The: A NovelMemory Eaters, The: A Novel by Tay, Janice

Sudare - a teacher of calligraphy, a connoisseur of poetry and more than eight hundred years old - is starving to death. She is one of the Kuyin, spirit beasts which eat the memories that humans wish to forget. She takes human form in order to live among them - but because she does not age, she has had to erase the memory of herself over and over again. A richly-detailed historical fantasy, The Memory Eaters takes readers on an adventure through an alternate version of samuraiera Japan. This compelling tale is sure to enthrall readers with its deftly woven plot, complex characters and vividly described settings, including a recognisable yet distinct take on real-world Kyoto.

I Want To Go HomeI Want To Go Home by Aroozoo, Wesley Leon

On the 11th of March, 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife to the tsunami during the Great East Japan earthquake. Since that fateful day, he has been diving in the sea every week in search for her. Compelled and inspired to share his story, I Want To Go Home is a journey from Singapore to Onagawa through the lens of the intrigued to meet him. Of unlikely friendships across borders and languages; to share a man's loss, recovery and determination to reunite with his wife. The novel's feature film has also been selected for the 2017 Busan International Film Festival. This book also includes a Japanese translation by Miki Hawkinson.

Get Started Making Japanese Snacks; Step-By-Step Recipes For Delectable BitesGet Started Making Japanese Snacks; Step-By-Step Recipes For Delectable Bites by Yamashita Masataka

A treat not just for the taste buds, but also for the other senses, these Japanese confections known as wagashi were traditionally prepared according to the season, to be savoured with tea, as a snack during the day. Made using various types of sweet bean pastes and flours, these delicate treats are now widely enjoyed throughout the day, and make ideal gifts whatever the occasion. Discover the world of wagashi from traditional favourites to new creations with this inspiring collection of recipes from Chef Yamashita.

Get Started Making Fun Sushi: Step-By-Step Recipes For Creative Deco SushiGet Started Making Fun Sushi: Step-By-Step Recipes For Creative Deco Sushi by Wong, Shirley

Turn an everyday favourite into an edible centrepiece with kawaii sushi creations from celebrity bento artist, Little Miss Bento, Shirley Wong. In this handy cookbook, Shirley shares fresh ideas for making deco sushi - dainty, attractive morsels of rice - that are not only a feast for the eyes, but for the palate as well. With illustrated step-by-step instructions to guide beginners and innovative recipes to excite experienced cooks, this book is suitable for cooks of any skill level.

HiroshigeHiroshige by Forrer, Matthi

This lavishly produced authoritative monograph presents an in-depth view of the life and work of Utagawa Hiroshige, one of Japan's most revered artists. Presented in a style as stunning as the prints it celebrates, this survey of Hiroshige tells the fascinating story of the last great practitioner of ukiyoe, or "pictures of the floating world." Hiroshige is considered to be the tradition's most poetic artist and his work had a marked influence on Western painting towards the end of the 19th century. Arranged chronologically, this book illustrates through text and magnificent reproductions Hiroshige's youth and early career; his artistic development in the genre of landscape prints; his depictions of Edo and the provinces; the flower and bird prints; and his many popular books and paintings.

Shojin Ryori: The Art Of Japanese Vegetarian CuisineShojin Ryori: The Art Of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine by Chu, Danny

Shojin ryori is the art of Japanese vegetarian cuisine that originated from the Japanese Zen temples, but is today widely popular all over the world for its healthful and well-balanced meals prepared without meat, fish, eggs or dairy products. With clearly written step-by-step instructions and insightful cooking tips, chef Danny Chu of Enso Kitchen will show you how to transform simple, readily available ingredients into creative, flavourful and satisfying shojin ryori meals in your home kitchen.

Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear WarNagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Southard, Susan

The two atomic bombs marked the end of a global war, but for the tens of thousands of survivors it was the beginning of a new life marked with the stigma of being hibakusha (atomic bomb-affected people). Susan Southard has spent a decade interviewing and researching the lives of the hibakusha and their raw, emotive eye-witness accounts. Following five teenage survivors from 1945 to the present day, Southard unveils the lives they have led, their injuries in the annihilation of the bomb, the dozens of radiation-related cancers and illnesses they have suffered and the humiliating and frightening choices about marriage they were forced into as a result of their fears of the genetic diseases that may be passed through their families for generations to come.

Ghosts Of The TsunamiGhosts Of The Tsunami by Parry, Richard Lloyd

On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. This is an account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it.

Culture Shock! Japan - A Survival Guide To Customs And EtiquetteCulture Shock! Japan - A Survival Guide To Customs And Etiquette by Ong, Raina

CultureShock! Japan will guide you through the confusion you will inevitably feel when moving to the Land of the Rising Sun. Peppered with personal anecdotes, this book gives practical advice on how to navigate Japan's fascinating and complex culture with ease and what to expect at a typical izakaya with your fellow "salarymen" after a long day at work.

Pax Japonica: The Resurrection Of JapanPax Japonica: The Resurrection Of Japan by Takeo Harada

Japan, the world s third largest economy and its largest creditor nation, has been in crisis for more than two decades. Today, the hegemonic role in global trade and financial markets has been assumed by the USA and China. Yet, this book argues that a possible future Pax Japonica one in which Japan will overcome its paralyzing debt and once again play a leading role in global finance can become a reality. Leading international strategist Takeo Harada provides new and astounding insight into Japan's hidden role as designated controller of large often secret funds kept for the purpose of rescuing humankind from ultimate disasters. For this reason, Japan's role in the global economy can never be under-estimated and remains critical to its progress.

Cook With Ami: Plan, Cook, Enjoy - Japanese Home-Style Dishes For Family & FriendsCook With Ami: Plan, Cook, Enjoy - Japanese Home-Style Dishes For Family & Friends by Ami Yamashita

Despite the long hours Ami spends at the busy Japanese artisan patisserie she runs with her husband, her day doesn't end when they lock up in the evening. Back home, she dons the domestic apron and prepares a full meal that the two of them can enjoy. These meals usually consist of a soup, a staple, three to four side dishes and a dessert, and it doesn't take long to put it all together. In this book, Ami reveals her secrets to whipping up scrumptious yet healthy dishes on a daily basis, and in double quick time.

Miniature Moss Gardens: Create Your Own Japanese Container GardensMiniature Moss Gardens: Create Your Own Japanese Container Gardens by Megumi Oshima & Hideshi Kimura

Miniature Moss Gardens presents expert advice and techniques from the birthplace of miniature gardening-Japan. Friendly enough for total beginners and full of ideas and tips that experienced gardeners will love to read about, this moss gardening book brings you information on the following: Finding and collecting moss; Cultivation and maintenance; Choosing soils and other components; Designing your garden for visual effect; Choosing the best plants for your mini garden; How to make a perfect Kokedama or moss ball; Enhancing your moss garden with rocks and other elements; How to make a gorgeous terrarium and much more!

Brief History Of Japan, A - Samurai, Shogun And Zen: The Extraordinary Story Of The Land Of The Rising SunBrief History Of Japan, A - Samurai, Shogun And Zen: The Extraordinary Story Of The Land Of The Rising Sun by Clements, Jonathan

This fascinating history tells the story of the people of Japan, from ancient teenage priest-queens to teeming hordes of salarymen, a nation that once sought to conquer China, yet also shut itself away for two centuries in self-imposed seclusion. With intelligence and wit, author Jonathan Clements blends documentary and storytelling styles to connect the past, present and future of Japan, and in broad yet detailed strokes reveals a country of paradoxes: a modern nation steeped in ancient traditions; a democracy with an emperor as head of state; a famously safe society built on 108 volcanoes resting on the world's most active earthquake zone; a fast-paced urban and technologically advanced country whose land consists predominantly of mountains and forests.

Culture Of Copying In Japan, The: Critical And Historical PerspectivesCulture Of Copying In Japan, The: Critical And Historical Perspectives by Cox, Rupert (Ed.)

This book challenges the perception of Japan as a 'copying culture' through a series of detailed ethnographic and historical case studies. It addresses a question about why the West has had such a fascination for the adeptness with which the Japanese apparently assimilate all things foreign and at the same time such a fear of their skill at artificially remaking and automating the world around them. Countering the idea of a Japan that deviously or ingenuously copies others, it elucidates the history of creative exchanges with the outside world and the particular myths, philosophies and concepts which are emblematic of the origins and originality of copying in Japan. The volume demonstrates the diversity and creativity of copying in the Japanese context through the translation of a series of otherwise loosely related ideas and concepts into objects, images, texts and practices of reproduction, which include: shamanic theatre, puppetry, tea utensils, Kyoto town houses, architectural models, genres of painting, calligraphy, and poetry, 'sample' food displays, and the fashion and car industries.

Japanese And The Jesuits, The: Alessandro Valignano In Sixteenth-Century JapanJapanese And The Jesuits, The: Alessandro Valignano In Sixteenth-Century Japan by Moran, J. F.

The Japanese and the Jesuits examines the attempt by sixteenth century Jesuits to convert the Japanese to Christianity. Directing the Jesuits was the Italian Alessandro Valignano, whose own magisterial writings, many of them not previously translated or published, are the principle source material for this account of one of the most remarkable of all meetings between East and West.