Eat. Work. Shop.: New Japanese Design

By Marcia Iwatate

Eat. paintings. Shop. offers a awesome number of state of the art advertisement websites in Japan.

Vibrant colour images and compelling textual content make this the final word consultant to trendy eastern existence. Seven of the country's top-rated architects show off their principles in 34 outlets, eating places, salons, bars and spas. The structure and inside designs are uniquely jap and may upload a particular aptitude to any retail, place of work or retail layout project.

In collaboration with a brand new new release of marketers, those designers are reshaping easy recommendations of ways modern jap consume, paintings and store. superbly illustrated with over 250 pictures, the destinations during this publication replicate every little thing from postmodern industrialism to suggestive eroticism. an entire new language of layout, propelled through the japanese penchants for innovation, has given this new release a carte blanche to redefine Japan because the world's subsequent cultural superpower, unhindered by means of the obstacles of culture.

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Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks: 1680 - 1900

By Andreas Marks

Eastern woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, are the main recognizable eastern artwork shape. Their vast reputation has unfold from Japan to be embraced via a world viewers. masking the interval from the start of the japanese woodblock print within the 1680s until eventually the yr 1900, Japanese Woodblock Prints offers an in depth survey of all of the well-known ukiyo-e artists, in addition to over 500 complete colour prints.

Unlike earlier examinations of this artwork shape, Japanese Woodblock Prints comprises special histories of the publishers of woodblock prints—who have been frequently the motive force identifying which prints, and accordingly which artists, could make it into mass flow for an opportunity at severe and renowned good fortune. valuable as a advisor for ukiyo-e fans trying to find particular information regarding their favourite eastern woodblock print artists and prints, it's also an excellent creation for novices to the realm of the woodblock print. This lavishly illustrated ebook might be a valued addition to the libraries of students, in addition to the final artwork fanatic.

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The Untold History of Ramen: How Political Crisis in Japan Spawned a Global Food Craze (California Studies in Food and Culture)

By George Solt

A wealthy, salty, and steaming bowl of noodle soup, ramen has develop into a world image of the cultural prowess of jap food. during this hugely unique account of geopolitics and industrialization in Japan, George Solt strains the meteoric upward thrust of ramen from humble gasoline for the operating bad to overseas icon of eastern culture.

Ramen’s attractiveness may be attributed to political and financial switch on an international scale. utilizing declassified U.S. executive records and an array of eastern assets, Solt unearths how the construction of a black marketplace for American wheat imports through the U.S. profession of Japan (1945–1952), the reindustrialization of Japan’s hard work strength through the chilly struggle, and the elevation of working-class meals in redefining nationwide id in the past 20 years of financial stagnation (1990s–2000s), all contributed to the institution of ramen as a countrywide dish.

This booklet is vital interpreting for students, scholars of jap background and meals reports, and someone drawn to gaining better viewpoint on how foreign coverage can effect daily meals round the world.

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Art and Palace Politics in Early Modern Japan, 1580s-1680s (Japanese Visual Culture)

By Elizabeth Lillehoj

Throughout the first century of Japans early sleek period (1580s to 1680s), artwork and structure created for the imperial court docket served as markers of social status, attesting to the iconic centrality of the palace to the cultural lifetime of Kyoto. Emperors Go-Yzei and Go-Mizunoo trusted monetary help from ruling warlordsToyotomi Hideyoshi and the Tokugawa shogunsjust because the warlords sought imperial sanction granting them legitimacy to rule. making the most of this complicated yet generally strained synergy, Go-Yzei and Go-Mizunoo (and to an unheard of exent his empress, Tfukumonin) more advantageous the heriditary prerogatives of the imperial relations. one of the works defined during this quantity are masterpieces commissioned for the flats and temples of the imperial kinfolk, which have been painted through artists of the Kano, Tosa and Sumiyoshi ateliers, let alone Tawaraya Statsu. nameless yet deluxe portray commissions depicting grand imperial processions are tested intimately. The courts fascination with calligraphy and tea, arts that flourished during this age, can be mentioned during this profusely illustrated quantity.

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Human Resource Management in Aging Societies: Perspectives from Japan and Germany

By Harold Conrad, Viktoria Heindorf, Franz Waldenberger

Lately, Japan and Germany were dealing with very comparable demanding situations, specifically getting older populations, altering employment buildings, and globalization. either nations are in a couple of respects extra socially and politically regulated and during this feel extra liberal than the Anglo-American economies. This publication is an edited selection of papers exploring the demographic demanding situations for human source administration and labour industry rules in Germany and Japan. the quantity will pay attention to the kind of difficulties getting older poses for human source administration practices and labour marketplace rules, and the way public and corporate rules in either international locations care for those demanding situations.

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Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan

By Louise Young

In Beyond the Metropolis, Louise younger seems to be on the emergence of urbanism within the interwar interval, a world second while the cloth and ideological constructions that represent “the urban” took their attribute glossy form. In Japan, as in other places, towns grew to become the staging flooring for vast ranging social, cultural, financial, and political ameliorations. the increase of social difficulties, the formation of a client industry, the proliferation of streetcars and streetcar suburbs, and the cascade of investments in city improvement reinvented town as either socio-spatial shape and set of principles. younger tells this tale during the optic of the provincial urban, studying 4 second-tier towns: Sapporo, Kanazawa, Niigata, and Okayama. As prefectural capitals, those towns constituted facilities in their respective areas. All 4 grew at a big cost within the interwar many years, a lot because the metropolitan giants did. regardless of their commonalities, neighborhood stipulations intended that guidelines of nationwide improvement and the vagaries of the company cycle affected person towns in various methods. As their ameliorations show, there isn't any unmarried grasp narrative of 20th century modernization. by way of attractive city tradition past the city, this research exhibits that eastern modernity was once now not made in Tokyo and exported to the provinces, yet quite co-constituted in the course of the move and trade of individuals and ideas during the nation and past.

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Geishas rivales (Rara Avis)

Hacia 1912, siete años después de separarse, se encuentran en los pasillos del Teatro Imperial de Tokio el ejecutivo Yoshioka y l. a. geisha Komayo. Él es un hombre casado, próspero; ella ha vuelto al oficio después de haber enviudado. Esa misma noche reanudan su relación, pero Komayo se enamora de un célebre actor especializado en papeles femeninos. Ella cree que «en el mundo no hay nada más misterioso que el destino de cada persona», y el suyo, en efecto, le reserva tanto el éxtasis como l. a. humillación. En «este mundo de aguas terrosas» que es el oficio de geisha acechan ocultas ocasiones para los angeles venganza, aunque no se sepa quién las espera y quién las aprovechará.

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Snow Country

By Yasunari Kawabata, Edward G. Seidensticker

Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country is extensively thought of to be the writer’s masterpiece: a robust story of wasted love set amid the desolate fantastic thing about western Japan.
 
At an remoted mountain scorching spring, with snow blanketing each floor, Shimamura, a prosperous dilettante meets Komako, a lowly geisha. She offers herself to him totally and with no regret, regardless of realizing that their ardour can't final and that the affair may have just one consequence. In chronicling the process this doomed romance, Kawabata has created a narrative for the a long time — a beautiful novel dense in implication and exalting in its unhappiness.

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Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan

Within the tempestuous final a long time of the 16th century, the Empire of Japan writhes in chaos because the shogunate crumbles and rival warlords conflict for supremacy. Warrior clergymen of their armed citadels block the line to the capital; castles are destroyed, villages plundered, fields placed to the torch.

Amid this devastation, 3 males dream of uniting the state. At one severe is the charismatic yet brutal Nobunaga, whose ruthless ambition crushes all ahead of him. on the contrary pole is the chilly, planned Ieyasu, clever in tips, courageous in conflict, mature past his years. however the keystone of this triumvirate is the main memorable of all, Hideyoshi, who rises from the menial put up of sandal bearer to turn into Taiko-absolute ruler of Japan within the Emperor's identify.

When Nobunaga emerges from obscurity by way of destroying a military ten instances the dimensions of his personal, he allies himself with Ieyasu, whose province is vulnerable, yet whose canniness and loyalty make him worthwhile. but it's the scrawny, monkey-faced Hideyoshi-brash, impulsive, and totally fearless-who turns into the not likely savior of this ravaged land. Born the son of a farmer, he's taking at the global with not anything yet his naked fingers and his wits, turning doubters into unswerving servants, opponents into devoted buddies, and enemies into allies. In all this he makes use of a piercing perception into human nature that unlocks citadel gates, opens men's minds, and captures women's hearts. For Hideyoshi's passions are usually not restricted to warfare and intrigue-his trustworthy spouse, Nene, holds his love pricey, even if she needs to proportion it; the chaste Oyu, sister of Hideyoshi's leader strategist, falls prey to his wants; and the seductive Chacha, whom he rescues from the fiery destruction of her father's fortress, tempts his weak spot.

As mentioned by way of Eiji Yoshikawa, writer of the overseas best-seller Musashi, Taiko tells many tales: of the fury of Nobunaga and the deadly conceitedness of the black-toothed Yoshimoto; of the pathetic downfall of the home of Takeda; how the scorned Mitsuhide betrayed his grasp; how as soon as impregnable ramparts fell as their defenders died gloriously. so much of all, notwithstanding, Taiko is the tale of the way one guy reworked a kingdom during the strength of his will and the intensity of his humanity. choked with scenes of pageantry and violence, acts of treachery and self-sacrifice, tenderness and savagery, Taiko combines the panoramic spectacle of a Kurosawa epic with a vibrant evocation of feudal Japan.

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A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots?: A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953 - 1973 (East Asia: History, Politics, Sociology and Culture)

By Jayson Makoto Chun

This ebook bargains a background of jap tv audiences and the preferred media tradition that tv helped to spawn. In a relatively brief interval, the tv helped to reconstruct not just postwar jap pop culture, but additionally the japanese social and political panorama. throughout the early years of tv, eastern of all backgrounds, from politicians to moms, debated the results on society. the general public discourse surrounding the expansion of tv published its position in forming the id of postwar Japan in the course of the period of high-speed development (1955-1973) that observed Japan reworked into an fiscal energy and one of many world's best exporters of tv programming.

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