Download The Red Chrysanthemum (Sano Ichiro, Book 11) by Laura Joh Rowland PDF

By Laura Joh Rowland

July 1698. Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to turn into the shogun's second-in-command, is investigating rumors of a plot to overthrow the ruling regime. whilst the research brings Sano's deputy Hirata to Lord Mori's property, he's stunned to discover Lord Mori murdered and grotesquely mutilated in his personal mattress, and Sano's pregnant spouse, Reiko, mendacity beside him. the single reliable clue is a chrysanthemum soaked in blood.

Reiko's account of her activities is something yet strong. She insists that she went undercover to Lord Mori's property so as to examine claims that he molested and murdered younger boys. but if Sano inspects the crime scene, he reveals no hint of what Reiko defined. and each different witness tells a distinct tale: woman Mori alleges that Reiko used to be Lord Mori's scorned mistress and murdered him for revenge. And Lord Mori himself, conversing via a medium, claims his homicide used to be a part of Sano's plot to overthrow the shogun!

Unless Sano can turn out his wife's not likely claims, either he and Reiko—and their unborn child—face execution for treason. Sano fights desperately to save lots of his kin and his honor, as Laura Joh Rowland attracts at the culture of the vintage movie Rashomon to convey us a masterful story of intrigue and treachery.

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Download Geographies of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Japan by David L. Howell PDF

By David L. Howell

In this pioneering research, David L. Howell seems underneath the outside buildings of the japanese kingdom to bare the mechanism wherein markers of polity, prestige, and civilization got here jointly over the divide of the Meiji recovery of 1868. Howell illustrates how a quick roster of malleable, explicitly superficial customs—hairstyle, garments, and private names— served to tell apart the "civilized" realm of the japanese from the "barbarian" realm of the Ainu within the Tokugawa period. in the middle polity, furthermore, those related customs exotic participants of other social prestige teams from each other, reminiscent of samurai warriors from commoners, and commoners from outcasts.

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Download Japan in the World by Masao Miyoshi, Harry Harootunian PDF

By Masao Miyoshi, Harry Harootunian

Since the tip of global warfare II, Japan has determinately remained outdoor the present of worldwide occasions and uninvolved within the approaches picking out international background and politics. In Japan and the World, unique students, novelists, and intellectuals articulate how Japan—despite unheard of financial prowess in securing dominance within the world's market—is stuck in a posh dependency with the us. Drawing on severe and postmodernist concept, this well timed quantity situates this dependency in a broader historic context and assesses Japan's present dealings in overseas politics, society, and culture.
Among the numerous subject matters lined are: racism in U.S.-Japanese family members; productiveness and place of work discourse; Western cultural hegemony; the developing of a jap cultural heritage; and where of the novelist in modern global. initially released as a unique factor of boundary 2 (Fall 1991), this variation contains 4 new essays on eastern business revolution; where of English experiences in Japan; how American cultural, historic, and political discourse represented Japan and in flip how America's model of Japan grew to become Japan's model of itself; and an "archaeology" of hegemonic relationships among Japan and the United States and Britain within the first half the 20th century.

Contributors. Eqbal Ahmad, Perry Anderson, Bruce Cumings, Arif Dirlik, H.D. Harootunian, Kazuo Ishuro, Fredric Jameson, Kojin Karatani, Oe Kenzaburo, Masao Miyoshi, Tetsuo Najita, Leslie Pincus, Naoki Sakai, Miriam Silverberg, Christena Turner, Rob Wilson, Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto

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Download Japan and Britain after 1859: Creating Cultural Bridges by Olive Checkland PDF

By Olive Checkland

Within the years following Japan's lengthy interval of self-imposed isolation from the area, Japan constructed a brand new courting with the West, and particularly with Britain, the place family became quite shut. the japanese, embarrassed by way of their perceived comparative backwardness, seemed to the West to benefit smooth commercial thoughts, together with the layout and engineering talents which underpinned them. while, taking nice delight of their personal tradition, they exhibited and bought prime quality items of conventional jap craftsmanship within the West, stimulating a thirst for, and appreciation of, jap arts and crafts. This booklet examines the two-way bridge-building cultural alternate which happened among Japan and Britain within the years after 1859 and into the early years of the 20th century. subject matters lined contain structure, commercial layout, prints, portray and images, including a attention of eastern executive coverage, the Japan-Britain Exhibition of 1910, and advertisement spin-offs. additionally, there are case reviews of key people who have been relatively influential in fostering British-Japanese cultural bridges during this interval.

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Download Winners in peace: MacArthur, Yoshida, and postwar Japan by Richard B. Finn PDF

By Richard B. Finn

Singular for its breadth and stability, Winners in Peace chronicles the yank profession of Japan, an episode that profoundly formed the postwar international. Richard B. Finn, who participated within the profession as a tender naval officer and diplomat, tells the complete tale of the actions from 1945 to 1952. He makes a speciality of the 2 major actors, common Douglas MacArthur and eastern top Minister Shigeru Yoshida, and info the era's significant occasions, courses, and personalities, either American and Japanese.Finn attracts on a magnificent diversity of sources--American, eastern, British, and Australian--including interviews with approximately 100 members within the profession. He describes the conflict crimes trials, constitutional reforms, and American efforts to rebuild Japan. The paintings of George Kennan in making political balance and monetary restoration the head ambitions of the U.S. turned serious within the face of the constructing chilly War.Winners in Peace will relief our knowing of Japan today--its financial progress, its form of govt, and the powerful pacifist spirit of its humans.

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Download Sun and Steel by Yukio Mishima PDF

By Yukio Mishima

During this interesting record, one among Japan's top known-and controversial-writers created what can be termed a brand new literary shape. it really is new since it combines components of many current kinds of writing, but after all suits into none of them.

At one point, it can be learn as an account of the way a puny, bookish boy came across the significance of his personal actual being; the "sun and steel" of the identify are themselves symbols respectively of the cult of the outside and the weights utilized in bodybuilding. At one other point, it's a dialogue by means of a big novelist of the relation among motion and artwork, and his personal hugely polished artwork particularly. extra in my opinion, it's an account of 1 individual's look for identification and self-integration. Or back, the paintings will be visible as an indication of ways an intensely person preoccupation will be constructed right into a profound philosophy of life.

All those components are woven jointly by means of Mishima's advanced but polished and supple kind. The confession and the self-analysis, the philosophy and the poetry mix in spite of everything to create anything that's in itself ideal and self-sufficient. it's a piece of literature that's as conscientiously formed as Mishima's novels, and while presents an quintessential key to the knowledge of them as art.

The street Mishima took to salvation is a hugely own one. but right here, finally, one detects the unmistakable tones of a self transcending the actual and achieving to a poetic imaginative and prescient of the common. The e-book is hence a relocating record, and is very major as a pointer to the longer term improvement of 1 of the main attention-grabbing novelists of recent instances.

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Download Power across the Pacific: A Diplomatic History of American by W. Nester PDF

By W. Nester

America's courting with Japan lately handed its a hundred and fortieth anniversary. even though over these years, 1000s of books and hundreds of thousands of articles have explored diversified matters or sessions of the connection, no booklet has analyzed the whole dating from starting to current. The void can maybe be defined by way of the relationship's complexity and adjustments over the years. nice cycles of preliminary partnership and eventual competition have formed American-Japanese kin, one geopolitical (1853-1945) and the opposite geoeconomic (1945-present). This publication fills that void because it systematically untangles the interrelated perceptions, convergent and divergent nationwide pursuits, and transferring energy relatives that have formed American rules towards Japan inside of these nice cycles. extra in particular, it highlights the personalities, nationwide moods, family matters and political alignments, and different urgent foreign matters in which Washington has tried to outline and assert its pursuits towards Japan.

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Download Geishas rivales by Kafū Nagai PDF

By Kafū Nagai

Initially released in 1918, Rivalry is thought of as the masterpiece of Nagai Kafu, a eastern novelist identified for his remarkable renderings of Tokyo within the early years of recent Japan. Stephen Snyder bargains the 1st English translation of the full, uncensored textual content, which has lengthy been celebrated as essentially the most convincing and sensually wealthy pix of the geisha profession.

Rivalry tells a sweeping tale within which sexual politics compete with sisterly affection in a global governed by means of fabric transaction. Komayo is a former geisha who, upon the dying of her husband, needs to go back to the "world of flower and willow" to flee poverty. an opportunity come across with an outdated consumer, Yoshioka, results in a dating within which either fans desire to benefit: Yoshioka believes Komayo can repair his misplaced innocence; Komayo plans to exploit Yoshioka's patronage to compete within the difficult tune and dance performances staged through her fellow geisha.

Yoshioka is raring to ransom Komayo, yet as she considers his supply, Komayo falls in love with Segawa, a tender actor who supplies to show the gifted geisha into the best dancer within the Shimbashi sector. although her emotions for Segawa are actual, Komayo is raring to take advantage of her lover's place to develop into the lead performer between her friends. Her ambition even tempts her to tackle a 3rd shopper recognized purely because the "Sea Monster," a repellent yet filthy rich antiques broker whose deep wallet promise to shoot Komayo to the peak of famous person.

Though she unearths herself on the top of a glittering occupation, Komayo however turns into the objective of a sour contention among her 3 fanatics that leaves her either delighted and exhausted, either brutalized and redeemed. Kafu's compelling story takes readers from the intimate corners of the geisha condo to the again rooms of assignation, from the dressing components of the nice kabuki theaters to the lonely state villa of a theater critic and gourmet of Shimbashi ladies. His lush depictions of structure and costumes and his incisive descriptions of city existence and person purpose supply a vibrant backdrop for Komayo's struggle-one woman's soaking up quest to discover popularity, affection, and fiscal safety within the subtle yet ruthless theater of Shimbashi.

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Download Order by Accident: The Origins and Consequences of by Alan Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa PDF

By Alan Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa

Whereas the results of low social order are good understood, the implications of excessive social order will not be. but probably nowhere on the earth is social order so good constructed as in Japan, that's hugely geared up, economically profitable, and enjoys a secure society. in spite of the fact that, Japan will pay a price--the lack of own freedom, and the lack to take advantage of its electorate' talents.In Order unintentionally, Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa talk about the implications of excessive social order in Japan. They combine quite a lot of scholarship on Japan, starting from reviews by way of criminologists, to spiritual reports, to the most up-tp-date social mental reports. the implications are often startling and counterintuitive, because the related idea of social order explains both good why Japan has an orderly society with low highway crimes, yet is plagued with difficulties reminiscent of white collar crime.

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