Silence: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics)

Shusaku Endo's vintage novel of tolerating religion in harmful times, soon to be a big movie directed by way of Martin Scorsese, starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver

"Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and chic drama."-The manhattan assessment of Books

Seventeenth-century Japan: Portuguese Jesuit clergymen commute to a rustic opposed to their faith, the place feudal lords strength the devoted to publicly resign their ideals. finally captured and compelled to monitor their eastern Christian brothers lay down their lives for his or her religion, the monks endure witness to unbelievable cruelties that try out their very own ideals. Shusaku Endo is among the such a lot celebrated and famous eastern fiction writers of the 20th century, and Silence is commonly thought of to be his nice masterpiece.

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

Ivan Morris’s definitive and commonly acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious and depression international of historical 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 whilst girls set the cultural tone. targeting the realm of the emperor’s court—a global deeply popular by means of Virginia Woolf, between others—renowned student of jap historical past and literature Ivan Morris explores the politics, society, spiritual lifestyles, and superstitions of the period.

providing readers precise portrayals of the day-by-day lives of courtiers, the cult of attractiveness they espoused, and the complicated kinfolk among the boys and girls of the age, The international of the Shining Prince has been a cornerstone textual content on historic Japan for part a century.

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The Crab Cannery Ship and Other Novels of Struggle

By Takiji Kobayashi, Zeljko Cipris

This assortment introduces the paintings of Japan’s most advantageous Marxist author, Kobayashi Takiji (1903–1933), to an English-speaking viewers, delivering entry to a colourful, dramatic, politically engaged facet of eastern literature that's seldom noticeable open air Japan. the amount provides a brand new translation of Takiji’s fiercely anticapitalist Kani kōsen―a vintage that grew to become a runaway bestseller in Japan in 2008, approximately 8 many years after its 1929 e-book. It additionally deals the first-ever translations of Yasuko and Life of a celebration Member, extraordinary works that unforgettably discover either the prices and fulfillments of innovative activism for women and men. The ebook contains a entire creation through Komori Yōichi, a well-known Takiji pupil and professor of jap literature at Tokyo college.

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New Japan: Debunking Seven Cultural Stereotypes

The recent Japan through David Matsumoto units out to explain the nervousness and unrest that plague present jap society, the rift among the older, extra conventional generations and the more youthful, extra cosmopolitan and Westernized generations. the writer attracts upon a wealth pf eastern and Western assets to bring together a thourough exploration of either classis and modern perspectives of jap culture.Citing educational reviews and surveys, Matsumoto debunks seven universal stereotypes of eastern tradition: collectivism, recognition of others, perceptions of self, emotionality, the salaryman, schooling and lifelong employment, and marriage. Matsumoto additionally explores the explanations behimnd tumultous upheavals, the which means of the moving cultural styles within the place of work, schooling, activities, and daily life.ContentsFigures and TablesAcknowledgmentsForeword1 eastern tradition, previous and Present2 Seven Stereotypes approximately eastern tradition and Their Reality3 Why Did jap tradition Change?4 The that means of adjusting jap tradition in daily Life5 Visions of a brand new Japan within the FutureAppendixReferencesIndex

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Japan and the Shackles of the Past

By R. Taggart Murphy

Japan is without doubt one of the world's wealthiest and so much technologically complicated international locations, and its speedy ascent to worldwide energy prestige after 1853 continues to be some of the most impressive tales in smooth international historical past. but it has no longer been a simple course; army disaster, political atrophy, and monetary upheavals have made common appearances from the feudal period to the current. at the present time, Japan is noticeable as a has-been with a slow economic system, an getting older inhabitants, dysfunctional politics, and a enterprise panorama ruled through yesterday's champions. although it's purported to be America's most powerful best friend within the Asia-Pacific quarter, it has virtually solely disappeared from the yankee radar display.

In Japan and the Shackles of the Past, R. Taggart Murphy locations the present issues of Japan in a sweeping old context, relocating deftly from early feudal occasions to the trendy age that begun with the Meiji recovery. Combining attention-grabbing analyses of jap tradition and society over the centuries with hard-headed debts of Japan's a number of political regimes, Murphy not just reshapes our realizing of jap background, yet of Japan's position within the modern international. He concedes that Japan has certainly been out of sight and out of brain in contemporary many years, yet contends that this is often already altering. Political and fiscal advancements in Japan at the present time probability upheaval within the pivotal enviornment of Northeast Asia, inviting comparisons with Europe at the eve of the 1st global struggle. America's half-completed attempt to remake Japan within the overdue Nineteen Forties is unraveling, and the yank international coverage and protection institution is without delay culpable for what has occurred. the only obvious exception to Japan's malaise is the energy of its popular culture, yet it really is truly no exception in any respect; fairly, it offers severe clues to what's happening now.

With insights into every thing from Japan's politics and economics to the feel of everyday life, gender kinfolk, the altering company panorama, and well known and excessive tradition, Japan and the Shackles of the prior is the integral advisor to realizing Japan in all its complexity.

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A Japanese Touch for Your Home

By Koji Yagi

Packed with stylish designs and shrewdpermanent assistance, A jap contact on your Home bargains daring and fascinating principles for reworking your place or adorning your house. the writer, architect Koji Yagi, explains the fundamental parts of jap 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. swap the dimensions and form of a room simply and tastefully with bamboo monitors and movable walls. construct an easy Japanese-style alcove, beautify it with anything distinctive, after which flaunt it. try out a few eastern lighting fixtures techniques-low, delicate, and gorgeous. switch the temper of a room, and alter your method of issues.

A eastern contact on your Home contains even more. functional, approachable, and genuine, it truly is written by means of a well known eastern architect excited by the calls for of up to date existence, and the solutions that conventional jap layout has to supply.

Over a hundred and twenty colour plates taken by way of a number one jap photographer accompany the expert textual content. furthermore, over two hundred black and white sketches, ground plans, and a piece on home made initiatives make this a booklet that may pique your wish to be inventive after which assist you to satisfy it. a realistic consultant for owners, inside designers, and those who prefer to paintings with their heads and their palms, this ebook will introduce you to a brand new means of living.

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Sake Confidential: A Beyond-the-Basics Guide to Understanding, Tasting, Selection, and Enjoyment

By John Gauntner

With today’s sake drinkers more and more expert and adventurous, now could be the time for a very professional advisor to take you deeper into appreciation of this complicated yet pleasant jap beverage, brewed from rice and loved either hot or chilled.

And what larger mentor than John Gauntner, the “Sake man” and the world’s prime non-Japanese sake educator and evangelist? the following in over dozen no-holds-barred essays, John unearths “the fact approximately sake” from a hooked up insider’s standpoint. No different e-book or web site provides the sort of an expert, useful, and concise but whole consultant to sake idiosyncrasies, misperceptions, and controversies.

Sake Confidential is the right FAQ for newcomers, specialists, and sommeliers. listed for simple reference with urged manufacturers and label images. Includes:

  • Sake secrets and techniques: junmai vs. non-junmai, namazake, getting older, dry vs. candy, ginjo, hot vs. chilled, nigori, water, yeast, rice, regionality
  • How the fairly Works: pricing, contests, distribution, glassware, milling, meals pairing
  • The Brewer’s paintings published: koji-making, brewers’ guilds, grading

John Gauntner John Gauntner is the one non-Japanese qualified grasp of Sake Tasting. A resident of Japan for the reason that 1988, he has labored within the sake selling and teaching on the grounds that 1994. every year he conducts Sake specialist classes for sake pros and aficionados, and a number of other of his scholars have long gone directly to open thriving sake retailers, breweries, and izakaya within the United States.

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Japan: A Documentary History

By Ronald Laidlaw

An up-to-date and increased version of David Lu's acclaimed resources of jap historical past, this compilation of basic records provides in a transparent and available structure, with complete annotation and incisive observation through Dr. Lu, readings translated from the unique eastern that hide the complete spectrum of political, fiscal, and diplomatic in addition to cultural and highbrow heritage in a time span that levels from Japan's mythological beginnings to the current. The earlier certainly is prologue: those records - written through eastern contemporaneous with the occasions defined - supply perception not just into the earlier but additionally into Japan's modern civilization.

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The Making of Modern Japan

By Marius B. Jansen

Magisterial in imaginative and prescient, sweeping in scope, this enormous paintings provides a unbroken account of eastern society through the glossy period, from 1600 to the current. A distillation of greater than fifty years' engagement with Japan and its heritage, it's the crowning paintings of our best interpreter of the fashionable jap experience.

Since 1600 Japan has gone through 3 sessions of wrenching social and institutional switch, following the imposition of hegemonic order on feudal society through the Tokugawa shogun; the outlet of Japan's ports by means of Commodore Perry; and defeat in global conflict II. The Making of recent Japan charts those alterations: the social engineering started with the founding of the shogunate in 1600, the emergence of village and chateau cities with purchaser populations, and the diffusion of samurai values within the tradition.

Jansen covers the making of the trendy nation, the difference of Western versions, becoming foreign alternate, the broadening chance in jap society with industrialization, and the postwar career reforms imposed via normal MacArthur. all through, the publication supplies voice to the contributors and perspectives that experience formed the activities and ideology of the japanese, with writers, artists, and thinkers, in addition to political leaders given their due.

The tale this booklet tells, notwithstanding marked via profound adjustments, can also be one in all awesome consistency, within which continuities outweigh upheavals within the improvement of society, and successive waves of out of doors impression have simply served to reinforce a feeling of what's specific and local to eastern event. The Making of contemporary Japan takes us to the center of this event because it illuminates one of many modern world's such a lot compelling transformations.

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Erotic Grotesque Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times

This background of jap mass tradition throughout the many years previous Pearl Harbor argues that the hot gestures, dating, and humor of ero-guro-nansensu (erotic ugly nonsense) expressed a self-consciously sleek ethos that challenged country ideology and expansionism. Miriam Silverberg makes use of resources reminiscent of motion picture magazines, ethnographies of the homeless, and the main recognized photos from this period to seize the spirit, textures, and language of a time whilst the media reached all periods, connecting the agricultural social order to city mores. making use of the concept that of montage as a metaphor that trained the association of eastern mass tradition through the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, Silverberg demanding situations the erasure of jap colonialism and its legacies. She conjures up shiny pictures from everyday life throughout the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, together with information about nutrients, housing, model, modes of renowned leisure, and attitudes towards sexuality. Her cutting edge examine demonstrates how new public areas, new relationships in the family members, and an ironic sensibility expressed the angle of eastern shoppers who pointed out with the fashionable as delivering a worldly holiday from culture even as that they mobilized for war.

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