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Kira-Kira (Newbery Medal Book)
Cynthia Kadohata
0689856393
February 10, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
In Cynthia Kadohata's lively, lovely, funny and sad novel -- winner of the 2005 Newbery Medal -- the Japanese-American Takeshima family moves from Iowa to Georgia in the 1950s when Katie, the narrator, is just in kindergarten. Though her parents endure grueling conditions and impossible hours in the non-unionized poultry plant and hatchery where they work, they somehow manage to create a loving, stable home for their three children: Lynn, Katie, and Sammy. Katie's trust in, and admiration for, her older sister Lynn never falters, even when her sisterly advice doesn't seem to make sense. Lynn teaches her about everything from how the sky, the ocean, and people's eyes are special to the injustice of racial prejudice. The two girls dream of buying a house for the family someday and even save $100 in candy money: "Our other...


The Sword and the Mind: The Classic Japanese Treatise on Swordsmanship and Tactics
Hiroaki Sato (Translator)
0760765316
December 2004
Hardcover
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The Japanese Samurai Code
Boye Lafayette De Mente
0804836523
Apr 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Japan has achieved a number of triumphs due to the cultural traits inherited from their samurai ancestors. Examples include the country's transformation from a warrior-dominated agrarian society to a modern industrial nation, and its rebound from the destruction of World War II to its status as the second largest economy in the world.
Japanologist Boyé Lafayette De Mente identifies the character traits in the samurai code of ethics that made these incredible transformations possible. He explains how these traits can be applied by anyone to enhance their own personal skills and performance, making The Japanese Samurai Code a success manual for everyone.

About the Author
Boye Lafayette De Mente worked for several years as an editor of newspapers and magazines in Tokyo...


Kwaidan
Lafcadio Hearn
0804836620
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Kwaidan translates from the Japanese as weird tales, which perfectly describes these haunting stories.
This collection of supernatural tales includes a musician called upon to perform for the dead, man-eating goblins, and insects who uncannily mimic human behavior. A perfect treat for fans of the strange and otherworldly.


From the Publisher
COSIMO CLASSICS offers distinctive titles by the great authors and thinkers who have inspired, informed and engaged readers throughout the ages. Covering a diverse range of subjects that include Health & Science, Eastern Philosophy, Mythology & Sacred Texts, Philosophy & Spirituality, and Business & Economics these newly revitalized treasures are now available to contemporary readers. --This text refers to the...


Japanese Tattooing Now!: Memory And Transition, Classic Horimono To The New One Point Style
Michael McCabe
0764321420
December 4, 2004
Paperback
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Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (Translations from the Asian Classics Series)
Sei Shonagon
0231073372
January 1991
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description

Sei Shonagon was a contemporary and erstwhile rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel The Tale of Genji fictionalizes the court life Shonagon describes. The Pillow Book is a collection of anecdotes, memories of court and religious ceremonies, character sketches, lists of things the author enjoyed or loathed, places that interested her, diary entries, descriptions of nature, pilgrimages, conversations, poetry exchanges--indeed, almost everything that made up daily life for the upper classes in japan during the Heian period. Her style is so eloquent, her observations so skillfully chosen, and her wit so sharp that even the smallest detail she records can attract and hold the attention of any modern reader.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language:...


Bushido: The Way of the Samurai (Square One Classics)
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, et al
0757000266
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
In eighteenth-century Japan, Tsunetomo Yamamoto created the Hagakure, a document that served as the basis for samurai warrior behavior. Its guiding principles greatly influenced the Japanese ruling class and shaped the underlying character of the Japanese psyche, from businessmen to soldiers. Bushido is the first English translation of the Hagakure. This work provides a powerful message aimed at the mind and spirit of the samurai warrior. It offers beliefs that are difficult for the Western mind to embrace, yet fascinating in their pursuit of absolute service. With Bushido, one can better put into perspective Japan’s historical path and gain greater insight into the Japan of today.

About the Author
Born in 1659, Tsunetomo Yamamoto devoted...


The Kojiki
Basil Hall Chamberlain
0804836752
Aug 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Written by imperial command in the eighth century, The Kojiki is the oldest surviving Japanese book. This compendium of early Japanese life provides a panorama of Japan during its formation.

Language Notes
Text: English, Japanese (translation) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Cat Who Went to Heaven
Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth
0689714335
February 1991
Paperback
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Card catalog description
A little cat comes to the home of a poor Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brings him good fortune.


Best Aikido: The Fundamentals (Illustrated Japanese Classics)
Kisshomaru Ueshiba, et al
4770027621
September 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
At last, the complete and authoritative introduction to all the fundamentals of Aikido, coauthored by the two direct successors to the Founder of the martial art, Morihei Ueshiba. Coauthors Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Moriteru Ueshiba, son and grandson of the Founder, seek to carry on his legacy and to share with the millions of men and women around the world practicing Aikido today the most important techniques and principles of the art. This book is the quintessential training aid for all Aikido practitioners -- whether beginning or advanced -- who wish to further their understanding of the forms and spirit of Aikido. Underlying the forms, or physical techniques, are the spiritual principles of Aikido, which are based on the notion of ki, or "life force." Ki is the fundamental element to understanding Aikido. But as the...


The Book of Five Rings (Shambhala Pocket Classics)
Miyamoto Musashi
0877739986
March 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
To learn a Japanese martial art is to learn Zen, and although you can't do so simply by reading a book, it sure does help--especially if that book is The Book of Five Rings. One of Japan's great samurai sword masters penned in decisive, unfaltering terms this certain path to victory, and like Sun Tzu's The Art of War it is applicable not only on the battlefield but also in all forms of competition. Always observant, creating confusion, striking at vulnerabilities--these are some of the basic principles. Going deeper, we find suki, the interval of vulnerability, of indecisiveness, of rest, the briefest but most vital moment to strike. In succinct detail, Miyamoto records ideal postures, blows, and psychological tactics to put the enemy off guard and open the way for attack. Most important of all is Miyamoto's concept of...


Botchan
Seseki Natsume
0804837031
Aug 2005
Paperback
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Oliver Statler
"At last Botchan is fun to read in English." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Times Literary Supplement
"This rollicking rebel, and the spice and pace of the narrative, will appeal to parent, teacher, and schoolchild alike." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I Am Alive: A United States Marine's Story of Survival in a World War II Japanese POW Camp
Charles Jackson
0345449118
June 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
[Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with DARBY'S RANGERS and VISIONS FROM A FOXHOLE.]--Things were so much easier when war was just good guys versus bad guys. Random House seems to have tapped into that sentiment with this trio of WWII memoirs. VISIONS FROM A FOXHOLE is the author's recounting of the battles he fought in Europe in the final few months of the war. An 18-year-old soldier in 1945, Foley later made a career as an artist, and he displays an obvious skill for observation. Jim Soreiro's reading is smooth but perhaps a bit too even--he narrates every passage with the same moderate urgency, whether his character is ducking bullets or making pencil sketches. The author of I AM ALIVE! saw little combat, having been captured in the Philippines in 1942 and spending the next three years as a prisoner in...


Classic Bonsai of Japan
Nippon Bonsai Association, John Bester (Translator)
4770029926
March 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"It is not only the length of its lifespan that distinguishes the immobile tree from birds that fly, fish that swim, and men and beasts that walk over the earth; it is also the only living thing that creates, within itself, annual rings spelling out the history of its life." Bonsai, dwarf trees, contain "a record of our ancestors' trials and tribulations" in "less space than a man can encompass with his arms." This (ironically) oversize book includes 200 full-color and black-and-white photographs of Japanese specimens ranging in age from a mere five to 1000 years, and from the cheerful winter jasmine, bedecked with yellow blooms, to wizened junipers with twisted limbs. Bonsai specialists Naka, Aragaki and Marushima detail history, cultivation and stylistic nuances. Presented in an oddly luxe fashion for such an...


Nihongi
William George Aston
0804836744
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Nihongi is an account of the story of Japan, focusing on the influence of Buddhism and the advanced culture of China, which entered Japan via Korea.

Language Notes
Text: English, Chinese, Japanese (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Best Judo (Illustrated Japanese Classics)
Isao Inokuma, Nobuyuki Sato
0870117866
March 1987
Paperback
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In Ghostly Japan
Lafcadio Hearn
0804836612
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
In Ghostly Japan collects twelve stories from celebrated author Lafcadio Hearn. Some of these stories are ghostly and ghastly, while others are wonderfully benign. Whether he's telling a ghost story or explaining a Buddhist proverb, Hearn's writings are never less than enthralling.


Download Description
One night, at a very late hour, Tomozo heard the voice of a woman in his master's apartment; and this made him uneasy. He feared that Shinzaburo, being very gentle and affectionate, might be made the dupe of some cunning wanton,--in which event the domestics would be the first to suffer. He therefore resolved to watch; and on the following night he stole on tiptoe to Shinzaburo's dwelling, and looked through a chink in one of the sliding shutters. By the glow of a...


Tale of Genji
Murasaki Shikibu
014243714X
November 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world's first novel. Genji, the Shining Prince, is the son of an emperor. He is a passionate character whose tempestuous nature, family circumstances, love affairs, alliances, and shifting political fortunes form the core of this magnificent epic. Royall Tyler's superior translation is detailed, poetic, and superbly true to the Japanese original while allowing the modern reader to appreciate it as a contemporary treasure. Supplemented with detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies to help the reader navigate the multigenerational narrative, this comprehensive edition presents this ancient tale in the grand style that it deserves.

Translated by Royall Tyler


The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary: Based on the Classic Edition by Andrew N. Nelson
John H. Haig, Andrew N. Nelson
0804820368
June 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary perpetuates the coveted status of the Original as the foremost Japanese-English character dictionary available. Keeping pace with the evolution of Japanese, over 1,200 characters and modernized definitions have been added to over 70,000 entries. Using the same basic indexes as the Original Nelson, the New Nelson has added a significant advance: the Universal Radical Index. With over 32,000 entries, the URI enables users to search for main-entry characters from any of their component radicals, facilitating use and making radical priorities obsolete. Its cross-references now include the Japan Industrial Standard code number for each main-entry character, as well as the main-entry character's reference number in Morohashi's Dai Kanwa Jiten.

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Cassell Military Classics
John Nunneley
0304359785
Oct 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Very few memoirs of Japanese soldiers who fought in WWII have come to light, so the Japanese combatant of that era has become something of a mythic figure, viewed chiefly through the recollections of former enemies. This volume, originally published in the U.K., offers a rare series of first-person accounts from at least one group of men who served with the Imperial Japanese Army. Filled with pathos and humanity, these 62 tales reveal what life was like for ordinary Japanese soldiers on the bloody Burma front. Here we find a Japanese soldier stunned at being denied an expected discharge on December 8, 1941. He soon learns the reason his commanders need him to remain in uniform, and then has trouble convincing others in his unit that Japan has in fact declared war on the United States. Elsewhere, a frightened...


Building the Japanese House Today
Peggy Landers Rao
0810959313
October 2005
Hardcover
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Fine Homebuilding
"Len Brackett is a remarkable timber framer, whose Japanese-style buildings are literally works of art."

Timber Framing Magazine
An account raisonné of the adaptation of the Japanese timber frame style in California...beautiful building...pictures are superb."

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Climate and Culture
Tetsuro Watsuji
0313265585
Oct 1988
Hardcover
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Book Description
A pioneering philosophical exploration, this volume seeks to clarify the function of climate as a key factor within the structure of human existence. The author takes as his starting point the argument that the phenomena of climate should be treated as expressions of subjective human existence and not of natural environments. In developing his argument, Watsuji first examines the basic principles of climate and then proceeds to examine three types of climate in detail--monsoon, desert, and meadow--and their relative impacts on human experience. As both a unique guide to Japan and her culture and a penetrating philosophical study, Climate and Culture will be enlightening reading for students and scholars of modern Japanese thought.

Language Notes
Text: English, Japanese...


Sashiko: Easy & Elegant Designs for Decorative Japanese Machine Stitching
Mary Parker
1579903215
February 28, 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Sashiko is traditional Japanese quilting, usually done in white running stitch on indigo fabric. Machine-stitched sashiko has a somewhat different appearance but is just as striking. The emphasis in this book is on patterns that may be continuously stitched across the fabric without stopping to tie off. Parker, a teacher of sashiko workshops, provides a dictionary of continuous patterns, instructions for successful stitching, and a sections of fairly easy projects for pillows and table linens. A good selection for public libraries on a topic of increasing interest to American stitchers. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist
A very thoughtful and well-ordered introduction to the...


The Classic Tradition of Haiku: An Anthology
Faubion Bowers (Editor)
0486292746
September 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Unique collection spans over 400 years (1488–1902) of haiku history by the greatest masters: Basho, Issa, Shiki and many more, in translations by top-flight scholars in the field. Editor Faubion Bowers provides Foreword and many informative notes to the poems.


Zen Garden
David Holzer
0760773203
September 2005
Other Format
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Henri Sauguet
David L. Austin
031326564X
Mar 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is the first English-language book to treat Henri Sauguet not only as a composer, but as a music critic and observer of the French music scene for more than sixty years. No other single source highlights the multi-faceted talents of a man who may be called "the grand old man of French music." The volume is organized into five parts: a brief biography, a complete list of works and performances subdivided by genre, a sampling of prose writings and speeches, a complete discography, and a bibliography.

About the Author
DAVID L. AUSTIN is Architecture and Art Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words (Power Japanese Series) (Kodansha's Children's Classics)
Naoko Chino
4770027818
October 2001
Paperback
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Brandon Jirou Hayashi, The Hawaii Herald
"... nearly 11 years old, it is just as relevant now as it was then."

Book Description
All students of Japanese, whether they have studied physics or not, know the word "particle," and they realize that particles, like English prepositions, require a special effort to master. Thus the high evaluation of the previous edition of this small handbook, which provides all the information students need in a scant 128 pages, was not surprising. All About Particles covers 69 particles, the most common ones along with the less frequent. The particles are shown to have some 200 usages-sufficient to keep most students hard at work for a good many years. The book can be approached as a textbook and studied religiously from beginning to end. All About Particles...


Basic Connections: Making Your Japanese Flow (Power Japanese Series) (Kodansha's Children's Classics)
Kakuko Shoji
4770028601
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Basic Connections provides basic information about expressions and usages that facilitate the flow of ideas and thoughts in written and spoken Japanese. It explains how words and phrases dovetail, how clauses pair up with other clauses, how sentences come together to create harmonious paragraphs. Since this is a book about the basics it starts with the fundamentals, explaining first the two types of Japanese sentence--"A is B" and "A does B." Then it proceeds to the problem of the modifier and the modified--a matter of "which is which." Wa and ga naturally get considerable play; after all, it is downright impossible to speak properly without them. There is also a discussion of linking nouns and noun phrases, not to speak of verbs and verb phrases. The book goes on to devote a whole chapter to common mistakes and...


The Mozart-Da Ponte Operas
Mary Du Mont
0313304130
Mar 2000
Hardcover
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Review
“An extremely useful reference guide, this book will help anyone who is interested in obtaining information concerning the three "Mozart-Da Ponte" operas...Du Mont has created an extremely thought-out reference which can be utilized by scholars, directors, actors, musicians, or just anyone who wants to find out more information about these popular operas. This book would be a great asset to any institutional library or musician interested in opera.”–The Opera Journal

Book Description
This reference guide provides access to almost 1,000 books, book chapters, articles, and dissertations about the three Mozart-Da Ponte operas, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte. Mozart and Da Ponte collaborated on these operas between 1786 and 1791. The literature...


Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
4770011067
October 2000
Paperback
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East West Journal
"A guidebook and inspiration for ... anyone interested in achieving a courageous and transcendent understanding of life." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Prof. Ivan Morris
"The most influential of all samurai treatises ever written. " --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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