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Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden
1400096898
November 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia--and an M.A. in English--he met a man in Tokyo who was the illegitimate offspring of a renowned businessman and a geisha. This meeting inspired Golden to spend 10 years researching every detail of geisha culture, chiefly relying on the geisha Mineko Iwasaki, who spent years charming the very rich and famous.

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Japan: The Culture (Lands, Peoples, and Cultures)

0778797457


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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-- At first glance, these offerings look spectacular, with superb, unusual, well-chosen color photos that make one positively salivate for the text. Closer inspection, however, destroys first impressions. The overuse of exclamation points to pepper the text leaves one with a bad taste of condescension. Photo captions are often confusingly placed, sometimes nowhere near the pictures they detail. Some captions do not describe their photos adequately. For example, in . . . People there is a photo of a Japanese family dining; the caption reads (in part) ". . . the sliding doors that look like windows are called shoji. The other doors with the mountain designs are called fusuma." The trouble is, those latter doors are simply not there. In . . . Culture, Kalman's definition of Kabuki is way off the mark,...


Hiroshima
John Hersey
0679721037
Mar 1989
Paperback
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Book Review
When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, few could have anticipated its potential for devastation. Pulitzer prize-winning author John Hersey recorded the stories of Hiroshima residents shortly after the explosion and, in 1946, Hiroshima was published, giving the world first-hand accounts from people who had survived it. The words of Miss Sasaki, Dr. Fujii, Mrs. Nakamara, Father Kleinsorg, Dr. Sasaki, and the Reverend Tanimoto gave a face to the statistics that saturated the media and solicited an overwhelming public response. Whether you believe the bomb made the difference in the war or that it should never have been dropped, "Hiroshima" is a must read for all of us who live in the shadow of armed conflict. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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First President Of Japan Volume 2

1932454020


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Book Description
First President of Japan: (written by Tsugihara Ryuji, Hidaka Yoshiki) The company's 4th title to release in June. 20XX and Japan's economy suffers as the country's government begins to fail due to inadequate politicians. Seeking a dramatic restructuring of its fragile political system, the nation elects Sakuragi Kenichiro - a man educated in America- to be its first President. Given decision making powers the equivalent of a U.S. President, the young politician is faced with several international crises, including the invasion of North Korea into South Korea and China initiating attacks on Taiwan. As the "First President" he struggles against phenomenal challenges and along with his "fighting cabinet," Sakuragi works to reform Japan. Sakuragi Kenichiro's trials and tribulations continue as he tries to usher in a new...


The Rape of Nanking
Iris Chang
0140277447
Nov 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
China has endured much hardship in its history, as Iris Chang shows in her ably researched The Rape of Nanking, a book that recounts the horrible events in that eastern Chinese city under Japanese occupation in the late 1930s. Nanking, she writes, served as a kind of laboratory in which Japanese soldiers were taught to slaughter unarmed, unresisting civilians, as they would later do throughout Asia. Likening their victims to insects and animals, the Japanese commanders orchestrated a campaign in which several hundred thousand--no one is sure just how many--Chinese soldiers and noncombatants alike were killed. Chang turns up an unlikely hero in German businessman John Rabe, a devoted member of the Nazi party who importuned Adolf Hitler to intervene and stop the slaughter, and who personally saved the lives of countless...


Japan
David F. Marx
0516267930
March 2000
Paperback
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Card catalog description
An introduction to the geography, people and culture of Japan, a nation comprised of many islands. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Hachiko Waits

0805073361


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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–Newman adds characters and incidents to flesh out this true story of an Akita who became a national symbol for loyalty and hope by waiting–for 10 years–at a Japanese commuter train station for his dead master to return. Hachi accompanies Professor Ueno to Shibuya Station every morning, then returns at three o'clock to welcome him back. After his owner dies suddenly at work, the dog continues his afternoon vigil for the rest of his life, earning such notoriety that the honorific "ko" is attached to his name. After his death, a statue in his memory is erected near his accustomed spot on the platform. Newman gives Hachiko a young human friend, Yasuo, who over a span of years helps to provide the dog with food and water. He later proposes to his future wife under that statue....


Japan
Hiroji Kubota
0393058433
January 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A photographic portrait of Japan today. Modern Japan, the second largest economy in the world, is a land of contradictions. Home to some of the most sophisticated technology and manufacturing, it also has communities whose daily life has changed little in the last five hundred years. It is a land of great beauty, both in the landscape and in its celebrations, festivals, and traditional arts. After photographing China, Korea, and the United States, Hiroji Kubota spent three years traveling the length and breadth of Japan's many islands, capturing the magnificent diversity of his own country. From rice paddies to pachinko parlors, ancient temples to the Honda assembly plants, Kobota's lens has captured both the ordinary and the extraordinary in 185 sumptuous color photographs.

About the...


With the Old Breed
E. B. Sledge
0195067142
Oct 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
In his own book, Wartime, Paul Fussell called With the Old Breed "one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war." John Keegan referred to it in The Second World War as "one of the most arresting documents in war literature." And Studs Terkel was so fascinated with the story he
interviewed its author for his book, "The Good War." What has made E.B. Sledge's memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during World War II so devastatingly powerful is its sheer honest simplicity and compassion.
Now including a new introduction by Paul Fussell, With the Old Breed presents a stirring, personal account of the vitality and bravery of the Marines in the battles at Peleliu and Okinawa. Born in Mobile, Alabama in 1923 and raised on riding, hunting, fishing, and a respect for history...


Japan
Ann Heinrichs
051626172X
September 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4?Serviceable titles for young report writers. The print is large and the information is up-to-date. Basic overviews are provided of of each country?geography, lifestyles, history, economy (including major crops, minerals, and manufactured goods), and arts and culture. Simple maps suitable for tracing are included. One might question the size of the Mexico City metropolitan area or the information on China's Great Wall, but these are minor quibbles. Coverage of Chinese history is very selective, the focus generally being on the later dynasties?the Mongols with Kublai Khan, the Ming, and the Manchu?and, of course, the Communists. In Japan, some subjects, such as history and the description of written Japanese language, suffer from the brevity of the coverage. Early rulers are described as coming from...


Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Arthur Golden
0679781587
January 10, 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia--and an M.A. in English--he met a man in Tokyo who was the illegitimate offspring of a renowned businessman and a geisha. This meeting inspired Golden to spend 10 years researching every detail of geisha culture, chiefly relying on the geisha Mineko Iwasaki, who spent years charming the very rich and famous.

The result is a...



Harumi's Japanese Cooking : More than 75 Authentic and Contemporary Recipes from Japan's Most PopularCooking Expert
Harumi Kurihara
1557884862
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The publisher calls Kurihara "Japan's Martha Stewart" because of her numerous bestselling cookbooks, her lifestyle magazine and line of kitchenware, but judging by the overall simplicity of these recipes—and that Kurihara is "not interested in decorating [her] food for the sake of it"—that comparison is questionable. The recipes in this volume are divided into basic categories: appetizers, soups and noodles, rice, tofu, seafood, chicken and egg, beef and pork, sushi, vegetables, and desserts and drinks. They range from extremely accessible, such as Beef on Rice and Chicken with Red and Green Peppers, to more intimidating, such as Shrimp and Squid Tempura. But even the more involved entries are doable thanks to Kurihara's encouraging and straightforward (if not always elegant, thanks to an occasionally...


Love Hina #04
Ken Akamatsu
1591820154
Aug 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Flying turtles, an all-girl dorm, 20-somethings falling in love (or at least in and out of crushes), hot tub escapades-these are only a few of the elements that Akamatsu throws together with the enthusiasm of a teenager whose hormones are running amok. The plot revolves around the exploits of Keitaro, an earnest, bespectacled kid who runs a traditional Japanese-style estate that doubles as an all-girl dorm. Dubbed Hinata House, Keitaro's living situation comes equipped with a cast of female characters ranging from cute love interest Naru to the hard-drinking sex addict Kitsune. This setup of a single boy in a house full of girls is not as volatile as it might seem, though: in keeping with the book's target audience of preteen girls, this series' humor tends to be only marginally provocative. One of the book's...


Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan
Bruce Feiler
0060577207
May 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Feiler's account offers an instructive, amusing inside look at a vaunted educational system. Invited by the Japanese Ministry of Education to teach English in a junior high school, Feiler arrived, shortly after graduation from Yale, in rural Sano, 50 miles north of Tokyo, where he was the first foreigner seen by many of the city's inhabitants. Among the cultural shocks he describes is his welcome with a ritual collective outdoor bath. Noting that characteristics such as group loyalty and community responsibility are fostered in a system that requires students to clean their schools and neighborhoods, Feiler lists aspects of the Japanese system that might successfully be translated to American schools, while acknowledging such negatives as the lack of free choice and individual expression. BOMC selection....


Etiquette Guide to Japan: Know the Rules... That Make the Difference
Boye Lafayette De Mente
0804834172
August 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Etiquette Guide to Japan offers an inside look at the social norms of the Japanese-when to bow, how to propose a toast, when to pay the bill, the careful art of gift-giving, how to deal with public transportation, dating, weddings, funerals, and last, but not least, how to say good-bye at the end of your stay. If you want to save yourself from possible embarrassment during your stay in Japan, you will find the Etiquette Guide to Japan to be a much-needed companion.

About the Author
Boye Lafayette De Mente is an acknowledged authority on Asia and the author of more than 30 books. He first came to Japan in 1949 and has since worked as a journalist, editor, lecturer, and writer.



Tokyo City Atlas: A Bilingual Guide
Kodansha International
4770025033
December 10, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
A new and comprehensive guide to Metropolitan Tokyo, providing place names in both English and Japanese. Contains a total of 51 maps useful for foreign residents, and will be an indispensable, handy companion for travelers. FEATURES *21 area maps of Metropolitan Tokyo (42 pages) showing the more detailed block numbers (banchi), a first for a bilingual atlas *18 detailed maps of Central Tokyo (30 pages) with numbered subway station exits. *An additional 7 maps of surrounding satellite cities and access maps to US military bases. *Index with approximately 4,000 entries of town and station names, as well as names of major organizations and buildings *Computer generated information to be updated at every printing *Fully bilingual place names enable communication with Tokyo natives *Symbols indicating prefectural...


Hellsing Volume 2
Kohta Hirano
1593070578
Mar 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Another in a long line of manga featuring an off-kilter hero, this lively tale about vampire hunters features the eponymous top-secret organization based in England that's called on for only the toughest jobs. Hellsing's top vampire hunter is Alucard, a lanky figure in an oversized hat and a duster that swirls dashingly as he blows bad guys to smithereens with his arsenal of enormous firearms. Alucard, it turns out, is actually a vampire himself, and just why he's tearing up his own kind is open to question, but then, Hellsing doesn't lend itself to much deep contemplation. It's mostly a fun, violent romp. In the first story readers meet a young policewoman who joins the undead after becoming an innocent victim in a battle. Police Girl, as she's known, comes to the organization via Integra, Hellsing's leader, and...


Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Jonathan B. Parshall, Anthony Tully
1574889230
December 15, 2005
Hardcover
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John B. Lundstrom, author of "The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway"
"To really know about the Battle of Midway, you must read this book."

Robert J. Cressman, editor and principal author of "A Glorious Page in Our History: The Battle of Midway"
"Extensively researched, soundly reasoned, and engagingly and colorfully written..."

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Lonely Planet Japan (Lonely Planet Travel Guides)
Chris Rowthorn
1740599241
October 2005
Paperback
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Shogun
James Clavell
0440178002
Sept 1986
Paperback
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Review
"Superbly crafted...grips the reader  like a riptide...gets the juices flowing!" --  Washington Star.

"Exciting,  totally absorbing...be prepared for late nights,  meals unlasting, buisness unattended..." --  Philadelphia Inquirer.  

"Adventure and action, the suspense of danger, shocking,  touching human relationships...a climactic human  story." -- Los Angeles  Times.

Review
"Superbly crafted...grips the reader  like a riptide...gets the juices flowing!" --  Washington Star.

"Exciting,  totally absorbing...be prepared for late nights,  meals unlasting, buisness unattended..."...


Gai-Jin: A Novel of Japan
James Clavell
044021680X
April 1994
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The second volume in Clavell's Shogun quartet was a 13-week PW bestseller. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews
Back to feudal Japan, which now enters the modern world, from the master of the three-decker behemoth (Shogun, Tai-pan, Noble House, etc.). Once you're into it, you forgive Clavell his galloping grammar and anachronisms and are swept along by spirited storytelling. Although Clavell clearly takes this hackwork as weighty and worthy entertainment, the heart quails at a serious weighing of a novel peopled with larger-than-life comic-strip characters caught up in clich‚s of Japanese exotica and international business deals as well as of internecine warfare--all of which Clavell writes at full throttle as if infused by the soul of...


Profitable Candlestick Trading: Pinpointing Market Opportunities to Maximize Profits
Stephen W. Bigalow
047102466X
December 21, 2001
Hardcover
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Review
"...this book is unquestionably destined to become a classic technical analysis reference book for years to come..." (erivativesreview.com, 16 July 2002)

Book Description
Unlock the secrets of an ancient charting tool
The most ancient form of charting, the Japanese candlestick method has become an extremely popular analytical tool among the new generation of traders. However, because of the aura of mysticism surrounding candlesticks and the arcane terminology typically used to describe them, many traders in the West never really learn how to use them properly and exploit their full potential. Profitable Candlestick Trading demystifies candlesticks for today's traders. With the help of numerous real-world examples, Bigalow clearly explains how candlesticks work, how to read...


Shockwave
Stephen Walker
0060742844
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The pace of Walker's narrative replicates the frantic advance of August 1945. BBC filmmaker Walker won an Emmy for his documentary on the bombing of Hiroshima and brings precision jump-cuts to this synesthesic account of the 20th century's defining event. Beginning his story three weeks before August 6 (with the first test of a bomb some of its creators speculated might incinerate the earth's atmosphere), Walker takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through the memories of American servicemen, Japanese soldiers and civilians, and the polyglot team of scientists who participated in the Manhattan Project under Gen. Leslie Groves. He establishes the doubts, fears and hopes of the bomb's designers, most of whom participated from a fear that Nazi Germany would break the nuclear threshold first. He...


Samurai: The Story of Japan's Great Warriors
Stephen Turnbull
1856487032
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Four vellum sections build up the layers of armor worn by the samurai, and text by a world-recognized expert on the subject, provide an inimitable look at the mysterious ancient Japanese warrior class. Every image and page offers fascinating insight, from an overview of early Japan and the emperor system to the specifics of weaponry. The story begins as the samurai come into being in the 800s, and defines exactly what they are. Tales of the great battles and feuds, and commentary on the politics of the time, bring these compelling soldiers to life. The comprehensive information covers such issues as the samurai's ranks and grades, way of life, retainers, loyalty (bushido), and training. An absolutely compelling guide.


Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan (Tut Books. R)
Edmond Papinot
0804809968


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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation)


From Hiroshima with Love: The Allied Military Governor's Remarkable Story of the Rebuilding of Japan's Business and Industry after WWII
Raymond A. Higgins
0641665474

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The Machine That Changed the World : The Story of Lean Production
James P. Womack, et al
0060974176
November 1991
Paperback
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New York Times Magazine
"The fundamentals of this system are applicable to every industry across the globe...[and] will have a profound impact on human societyit will truly change the world."

-- Business Week
"The best current book on the changes reshaping manufacturing and the most readable."

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Geisha
Mineko Iwasaki
0743444299
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Now in her 50s, Mineko Iwasaki was one of the most famed geishas of her generation (and the chief informant for Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha). Her ascent was difficult, not merely because of the hard, endless training she had to undergo--learning how to speak a hyper-elevated dialect of Japanese and how to sing and dance gracefully while wearing a 44-pound kimono atop six-inch wooden sandals--but also because many of the elaborate, self-effacing rules of the art went against her grain. A geisha "is an exquisite willow tree who bends to the service of others," she writes. "I have always been stubborn and contrary. And very, very proud." And playful, too: one of the funniest moments in this bittersweet book describes a disastrous encounter with the queen of England and her all-too-interested husband.

Revealing the...



Japan (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
DK Publishing
0789497190
September 2003
Paperback
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Sky Magazine
The best travel guides ever. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

North American Press Syndication
...considered to be the world's best travel resource to over 30 destinations around the world, make it easier to plan a splendid vacation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Samurai's Garden : A Novel
Gail Tsukiyama
0312144075
April 15, 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in Japan just before WWII, Tsukiyama's novel tells of a young Chinese man's encounters with four locals while he recuperates from tuberculosis. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Seventeen-year-old Stephen leaves his home in Hong Kong just as the Japanese are poised to invade China. He is sent to Tarumi, a small village in Japan, to recuperate from tuberculosis. His developing friendship with three adults and a young woman his own age brings him to the beginnings of wisdom about love, honor, and loss. Given the potentially interesting subplot (the story of a love triangle doomed by the outbreak of leprosy in the village) and the fascinating period in which the book is set, this second novel by the author of Women of the Silk (St....

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