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  • Download E-books Japan Modern: New Ideas for Contemporary Living PDF

    By Michael Freeman

    Favorite worldwide for its inventive use of area, share, and fabric, modern jap layout and structure is a superb mixture of the conventional and sleek kinds. With stunning four-color photographs and wealthy, descriptive textual content, Japan smooth takes readers into dozens of cutting edge jap houses to find:

    * New methods of handling house

    * the best way to scan with fabrics and the way to re-interpret culture writer BIOS: Michiko Rico Nosé has written greatly on layout and lifestyle-related subject matters for jap magazines and for tv.

    Michael Freeman has photographed generally in Asia, either for magazines equivalent to the Smithsonian, GEO, and Conde Naste visitor, and for various books, together with within the Oriental variety: A Sourcebook of adornment and layout and unusual Foods.

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  • Download E-books The Kojiki: Records of Ancient Matters PDF

    Written through imperial command within the 8th century, The Kojiki: documents of historic Matters is Japan's vintage of classics, the oldest attached literary paintings and the basic scripture of Shinto.

    A extra genuine heritage referred to as the Nihongi or Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan) used to be accomplished in A.D. 720, yet The Kojiki is still the higher identified, probably as a result of its specific difficulty with the legends of the gods, with the divine descent of the imperial kinfolk, and with local Shinto. either works have big worth as documents of the advance of Japan right into a unified nation with a well-defined personality. certainly, even the mythological elements have been authorized as truth all through such a lot of next eastern history—until the defeat and disillusionment of the country in 1945.

    This vintage textual content is a key to the old roots of the japanese people—their adolescence and the improvement in their personality and institutions—as good as a full of life mix of legend and historical past, family tree, and poetry. It stands as one of many maximum monuments of jap literature since it preserves extra faithfully than the other booklet the mythology, manners, language and traditions of Japan. It presents, in addition, a vibrant account of a state within the making.

    The paintings opens "when chaos had started to condense, yet strength and shape weren't but show up, and there has been nought named, nought performed &ellipse;" It recounts the mythological production of Japan by way of the divine brother and sister Izanami and Izanagi; stories of the sunlight Goddess and different deities; the divine starting place of Jimmu the 1st emperor; and the histories of next reigns. Epic fabric is complemented by way of a clean bucolic vein expressed in songs and poetry.

    This well-known translation through the British pupil Basil corridor Chamberlain is superior by way of notes at the textual content and an in depth creation discussing early eastern society, in addition to The Kojiki and its history. vital for its wealth of data, The Kojiki is quintessential to an individual drawn to issues jap.

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  • Download E-books Hiroshima Notes PDF

    By Kenzaburo Oe

    Hiroshima Notes is a strong assertion at the Hiroshima bombing and its poor legacy by way of the 1994 Nobel laureate for literature. Oe’s account of the lives of the various sufferers of Hiroshima and the valiant efforts of these who cared for them, either instantly after the atomic blast and within the years that stick with, finds the awful quantity of the devastation. it's a heartrending portrait of a ravaged urban — the “human face” in the middle of nuclear destruction.

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  • Download E-books Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World PDF

    By John W. Dower

    Historian John W. Dower’s celebrated investigations into glossy jap heritage, global battle II, and U.S.–Japanese family have earned him serious accolades and diverse honors, together with the Pulitzer Prize, the nationwide e-book Award, and the Bancroft Prize. Now Dower returns to the main issues of his groundbreaking paintings, interpreting American and jap perceptions of key moments of their shared history.

    Both provocative and probing, Ways of Forgetting, methods of Remembering delves right into a diversity of topics, together with the advanced function of racism on each side of the Pacific conflict, the sophistication of jap wartime propaganda, the ways that the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is remembered in Japan, and the tale of the way the postwar examine of Japan within the usa and the West used to be inspired through chilly battle politics.

    Ways of Forgetting, methods of Remembering deals pressing insights via one in every of our best interpreters of the previous into how voters of democracy may still take care of their historical past and, as Dower writes, “the have to consistently ask what's no longer being asked.”

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  • Download E-books Japan and the Shackles of the Past PDF

    By R. Taggart Murphy

    Japan is likely one of the world's wealthiest and so much technologically complex international locations, and its quick ascent to international energy prestige after 1853 is still some of the most outstanding tales in sleek international heritage. but it has no longer been a simple course; army disaster, political atrophy, and fiscal upheavals have made average appearances from the feudal period to the current. this present day, Japan is noticeable as a has-been with a gradual financial system, an getting older inhabitants, dysfunctional politics, and a company panorama ruled by means of yesterday's champions. although it's imagined to be America's most powerful best friend within the Asia-Pacific area, it has nearly fullyyt disappeared from the yank radar reveal.

    In Japan and the Shackles of the Past, R. Taggart Murphy locations the present problems of Japan in a sweeping old context, relocating deftly from early feudal instances to the fashionable age that all started with the Meiji recovery. Combining attention-grabbing analyses of jap tradition and society over the centuries with hard-headed bills of Japan's quite a few political regimes, Murphy not just reshapes our knowing of jap historical past, yet of Japan's position within the modern international. He concedes that Japan has certainly been out of sight and out of brain in fresh a long time, yet contends that this is often already altering. Political and financial advancements in Japan this day danger upheaval within the pivotal area of Northeast Asia, inviting comparisons with Europe at the eve of the 1st international battle. America's half-completed attempt to remake Japan within the overdue Nineteen Forties is unraveling, and the yankee international coverage and security institution is without delay culpable for what has occurred. the single obvious exception to Japan's malaise is the energy of its popular culture, yet it truly is truly no exception in any respect; fairly, it presents severe clues to what's occurring 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 previous is the crucial consultant to figuring out Japan in all its complexity.

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  • Download E-books Machinic Eros: Writings on Japan PDF

    By Félix Guattari

    The French thinker Félix Guattari often visited Japan through the Eighties and arranged exchanges among French and eastern artists and intellectuals. His immersion into the “machinic eros” of eastern tradition positioned him into touch with media theorists equivalent to Tetsuo Kogawa and activists in the mini-FM neighborhood (Radio domestic Run), documentary filmmakers (Mitsuo Sato), photographers (Keiichi Tahara), novelists (Kobo Abe), the world over well-known architects (Shin Takamatsu), and dancers (Min Tanaka). From pachinko parlors to high-rise highways, along company matches and between alt-culture comrades, Guattari placed himself into the thick of eastern becomings in the course of a interval during which the bubble economic system endured to mutate. This number of essays, interviews, and longer meditations exhibits an intensive philosopher exploring the architectural surroundings of Japan’s “machinic eros.”

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  • Download E-books Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: A Novel (Vintage International) PDF

    By Haruki Murakami

    During this hyperkinetic and relentlessly creative novel, Japan’s preferred (and debatable) fiction author hurtles into the cognizance of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the top of the realm draws readers right into a narrative particle accelerator during which a split-brained info processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and numerous thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to remarkable influence. What emerges is concurrently cooler than 0 and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously humorous and deeply critical meditation at the nature and makes use of of the brain.

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  • Download E-books The Japan Journals: 1947-2004 PDF

    By Donald Richie, Leza Lowitz

    "Richie could be unique a dwelling nationwide treasure."-Library Journal

    "Wonderfully evocative and whole of humor... sincere, introspective, and infrequently poignant."-New York Times

    "No one has written with extra focus concerning the extraordinary caliber of exile loved via the gaijin, the foreigner in Japan."-London evaluation of Books

    "To learn [The Donald Richie Reader and The Japan Journals] is like diving for pearls. Dip into any a part of them and you may definitely locate treasures in regards to the cinema, literature, touring, writing. The passages are evocative, erotic, playful, and sometimes profound."-Japanese Language and Literature

    Donald Richie has been staring at and writing approximately Japan from the instant he arrived on New Year's Eve, 1946. Detailing his existence, his enthusiasts, and his rules on issues low and high, The Japan Journals is a checklist of either a state and an evolving expatriate sensibility. As Japan modernizes and because the writer a long time, the tone grows elegiac, and The Japan Journals-now in paperback after the severely acclaimed hardcover edition-becomes a bittersweet chronicle of a classy existence good lived and captivatingly told.

    Donald Richie, the eminent movie historian, novelist, and essayist, nonetheless lives in Tokyo.

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