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Hokusai Manga (3 Volumes)Hokusai Manga (3 Volumes) by

In 1814, Hokusai's sketches were published in a handbook of over 4,000 images: Hokusai Manga. It surpassed expectations as a student reference book, and became a bestseller. Here, in an elegant, three-volume package, an expansive selection of these works are revealed, presenting all of the themes, motifs and drawing techniques found in his art. The caricatures, satirical drawings, multi-panel illustrations and narrative depictions found in the book can clearly be seen as the basis for manga as it is understood today.

Chrysanthemum And The Sword: Patterns Of Japanese CultureChrysanthemum And The Sword: Patterns Of Japanese Culture by Benedict, Ruth

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is the highly-influential, timeless work behind much of our past and present understanding of Japanese culture. Why is it seemingly so self-contradictory and How and why does Japanese culture differ from our own are just some of the questions addressed in this landmark 1946 study. Its focus on the very heart of Japanese social structure including hierarchy, marriage and family, filial piety, self-discipline, and other core values illuminates the fact that while much of the culture has changed, much will stay the same.

Book Of Tea, The: Beauty, Simplicity And The Zen AestheticBook Of Tea, The: Beauty, Simplicity And The Zen Aesthetic by Okakura Kakuzo

This classic work by Okakura Kakuzo has inspired many generations of readers by illuminating the underlying spirit and message of the venerable Japanese tea masters. The Book of Tea doesn't focus on the tea ceremony itself, but rather on the Zen Buddhist philosophy behind it. Kakuzo teaches us to cultivate an everyday awareness of the beauty in all the common things around us. His powerful message is even more relevant today than when he wrote this book, and it serves as a wonderful introduction to the aesthetics of Japanese culture.

Samurai Revolution: The Dawn Of Modern Japan Seen Through The Eyes Of The Shogun's Last SamuraiSamurai Revolution: The Dawn Of Modern Japan Seen Through The Eyes Of The Shogun's Last Samurai by Hillsborough, Romulus

Samurai Revolution tells the fascinating story of Japan's epic transformation at the end of the nineteenth century from a country of shoguns, feudal lords and samurai to a modern industrialized nation. The book covers the turbulent Meiji Period from 1868 to 1912, a time of Samurai history in which those who choose to cling to their traditional bushido way of life engaged in frequent and often deadly clashes with champions of modernization. The book contains numerous original translations of key documents and correspondence of the time, as well as photographs and maps. Samurai Revolution goes in-depth to reveal how one era ended and another began.

Roger Dahl's Comic Japan: Best Of Zero Gravity Cartoons From The Japan TimesRoger Dahl's Comic Japan: Best Of Zero Gravity Cartoons From The Japan Times by Dahl, Roger

The humorous cross-cultural observations in this graphic novel, drawn from a long-running comic in The Japan Times, will delight visitors to Japan and armchair travelers alike.

Rashomon And Other StoriesRashomon And Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Widely acknowledged as the father of the Japanese short story, Ryunosuke Akutagawa remains one of the most influential Japanese writers of all time. Rashomon and Other Stories, a collection of his most celebrated work, resonates as strongly today as when it first published a century ago. With a new foreword by noted Akutagawa scholar Seiji Lippit, this updated version of a classic collection is a an excellent, readable introduction to Japanese literature.

Shibori For Textile ArtistsShibori For Textile Artists by Gunner, Janice

Shibori is one of the world's richest textile traditions in the world. Commonly associated with Japan, it is in fact a technique long used in Africa, India and South America. Combine traditional Japanese, African and Indian shibori methods with contemporary techniques to create stunning textiles that are bursting with rich, intricate patterns and bold colour. A range of techniques is covered - from tied and stitched designs to ideas for wrapping, folding, clamping, pleating and binding. Simple and safe instructions for a range of dyeing techniques are also included. Practical information is accompanied by clear instructions and diagrams, aimed at quilters, embroiderers and textile artists of all abilities.

Meaning Of Rice, The: A Culinary Tour Of JapanMeaning Of Rice, The: A Culinary Tour Of Japan by Booth, Michael

Food and travel writer Michael Booth and his family embark on an epic journey the length of Japan to explore its dazzling food culture. They find a country much altered since their previous visit ten years earlier, which resulted in the award-winning international bestseller Sushi and Beyond. Often venturing far off the beaten track, the author and his family discover intriguing future food trends and meet a fascinating cast of food heroes, from a couple lavishing love on rotten fish, to a chef who literally sacrificed a limb in pursuit of the ultimate bowl of ramen, and a farmer who has dedicated his life to growing the finest rice in the world… in the shadow of Fukushima.

Rosetsu: Ferocious BrushRosetsu: Ferocious Brush by Mckelway, Matthew; Khanh Trinh

Born into the family of a low-ranking samurai, Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) is renowned today as one of the most imaginative artists of early modern Japan. His visually stunning and highly idiosyncratic paintings earned him a place in Japan's Lineage of Eccentrics. This book surveys Rosetsu's art with sixty of his most important paintings, beginning with his earliest works in the realist mode of his teacher Maruyama O- kyo, and ending with his haunting, visionary, and occasionally bizarre final masterpieces. Screen paintings, scrolls, and albums depicting Zen eccentrics, raucous children, ethereal beauties, otherworldly landscapes, and vivacious animals and birds take viewers on a journey through Rosetsu's own travels and into his unbridled imagination.

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Onigiri: Fun & Creative Recipes For Japanese Rice BallsOnigiri: Fun & Creative Recipes For Japanese Rice Balls by Sanae Inada

One of Japan's favourite comfort foods, onigiri or rice balls are quick and easy to put together, nutritious, low in fat and, most importantly, delicious. This cookbook shows you how easy it is to prepare onigiri for any occasion, whether it is for a meal or a tasty snack to pack in your lunchbox. With this collection of 50 recipes, discover the endless variety of onigiri you can create with just a few simple ingredients. Treat yourself to classic Japanese favourites such as Tarako (Salted Cod Roe) Onigiri, Tenmusu and Umeboshi Onigiri, or fun creations such as Omurice Onigiri, Dry Curry Onigiri and Chicken Rice Onigiri with this cookbook.

Bonsai Tree, TheBonsai Tree, The by Chand, Meira

Liberal-minded Jun Nagai, heir to a prominent business empire, brings his beautiful and intelligent English wife Kate Scott back to Japan after a whirlwind romance - a marriage his complex, powerful and traditional mother Itsuko naturally disapproves. While Jun is pulled between the two cultures, owing loyalty to both, Kate is thrown into an unfamiliar world where her role of a wife lies within strict social constructs. Stripped of all romantic illusions, she struggles to retain her individuality. A shattering encounter leads her directly to the gritty abject underbelly of Kamagasaki - dumping ground for the destitutes and untouchables, a section ruled by gangsters and plyed by prostitutes, with no place in society. First published in 1983, this is Meira Chand's unforgettable novel of the clash of Western and Japanese cultures, now in an updated edition for a new generation of readers.

Last QuadrantLast Quadrant by Chand, Meira

Twenty years ago English doctor Eva Kraig adopted Akiko, the illegitimate daughter of Kyo, who had abandoned the baby and then turned to prostitution. Now Eva may lose her beloved Akiko, for Kyo - ravaged by time and drink - has returned to claim her grown daughter. In the havoc of a great typhoon, Akiko finds herself stranded with her adoptive mother, the natural mother she has never known and a troubled young man who has fallen in love with her. In the brief calm of the typhoon's eye, the group arrives at the comparative safety of their wealthy English neighbour's concrete house. There they must wait out the violence of the last quadrant - the wildest part of the storm. As the refugees draw together in a fight for survival and are forced to reckon with their deepest selves, the terrible night becomes a turning point for each of them. First published in 1981, this is Meira Chand's haunting, dramatic second novel, now in an updated edition for a new generation of readers.

Gossamer Fly, TheGossamer Fly, The by Chand, Meira

An evocative story of a young girl thrust into a dark and sinister adult world. Natsuko, of English-Japanese parentage living in Japan with her older brother and parents, faces the loss of her fragile mother, who is sent back to England for treatment after a breakdown. She is confronted by an arrogant and manipulative new maid, who wins over her father and brother as a surrogate wife and mother. As Hiroko's influence grows, Natsuko retreats into mounting isolation, confusion, fear and anger, resulting in a dramatic conclusion to this emotionally charged story. First published in 1979, this is Meira Chand's mesmerising, stylish debut, now in an updated edition for a new generation of readers.

Tokyo Romance: A MemoirTokyo Romance: A Memoir by Buruma, Ian

When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, he found a feverish and surreal metropolis in the midst of an economic boom, where everything seemed new and history only remained in fragments. Through his adventures in the world of avant-garde theatre, his encounters with carnival acts, fashion photographers and moments on-set with Akira Kurosawa, Buruma underwent a radical transformation. For an outsider, unattached to the cultural burdens placed on the Japanese, this was a place to be truly free. A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young artist and the fantastical city that shaped him, and a timeless story about the desire to transgress boundaries: cultural, artistic and sexual.

Living Shojin Ryori: Everyday Zen Cuisine To Nourish And DelightLiving Shojin Ryori: Everyday Zen Cuisine To Nourish And Delight by Chu, Danny

Simple, healthful and vegetarian, shojin ryori originated from Japanese Zen temples and is beloved today for its exquisite flavours, creativity and regard for ingredient, provenance and beauty. Chef Danny Chu of Enso Kitchen demonstrates once again the versatility and sophistication of the cuisine. With clearly written step-by-step instructions and insightful cooking tips, he brings the bounties of each season to the home kitchen and shows how satisfying, everyday meals can be made with ease, elegance and pleasure.

RainbirdsRainbirds by Goenawan, Clarissa

Clarissa Goenawan's dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan. Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko's, sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago. But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician's mansion in exchange for reading to the man's catatonic wife. As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death.

Faith Of Our Father - The Discipleship Walk Of Peter Yap Huat TuanFaith Of Our Father - The Discipleship Walk Of Peter Yap Huat Tuan by Yap Lt, David

This book provides a close-up view of Yap Huat Tuan Peter, a man who responded to the call of God and who walked as a disciple of Christ, as recounted by his five children. They fondly recall observing Pa's regular appointment with God and recount how the faith of their father was lived out, in his giving attention to the family, serving as a school teacher and ministering as led and enabled by the Lord. They know him as an ordinary man who walked each step fully reliant on the extraordinary God. His life and legacy continues today, evident in the lives of the people he mentioned and touched.

There Your Heart Will Be AlsoThere Your Heart Will Be Also by Szto, Melville

Written as a sequel to Where Your Treasure Is, this book features the work of the Sztos upon their return from Hokkaido after two decades of mission work. In Singapore, they spent eight years training new missionaries, when Melville served as Dean of the Asian Cross-cultural Training Institute. Then they took off to Hokkaido again for another eight years of evangelism and church-planting work until their retirement from field ministry in 2010. The author shares first-hand knowledge and experience about raising a family and educating children on the mission field. This book is a valuable resource for those looking to gain practical understanding of foreign mission, and of what Northern Japan is like, beyond what is portrayed by media and popular culture.

Where Your Treasure IsWhere Your Treasure Is by Szto, Melville

A little over two years after it welcomed the first Japanese to its Sunday worship service, Itoi Church, located in a small town in Hokkaido, baptised its first believer in 1982. During the baptism service, the visibly nervous young believer stood up to share his testimony. It was an act that took great courage, but it was the first visible fruit of three years ploughing, sowing and watering, and it marked the beginning of an amazing chain of events that would lead to more conversions and baptisms. In this autobiography, Melville Szto recounts his pioneering church-planting experiences in Japan - as well as his own spiritual journey - and gives readers inspiring glimpses of the grace of God at work in yielded lives and the power of God at work in hard places.