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Miniature Moss Gardens: Create Your Own Japanese Container GardensMiniature Moss Gardens: Create Your Own Japanese Container Gardens by Megumi Oshima & Hideshi Kimura

Miniature Moss Gardens presents expert advice and techniques from the birthplace of miniature gardening-Japan. Friendly enough for total beginners and full of ideas and tips that experienced gardeners will love to read about, this moss gardening book brings you information on the following: Finding and collecting moss; Cultivation and maintenance; Choosing soils and other components; Designing your garden for visual effect; Choosing the best plants for your mini garden; How to make a perfect Kokedama or moss ball; Enhancing your moss garden with rocks and other elements; How to make a gorgeous terrarium and much more!

Brief History Of Japan, A - Samurai, Shogun And Zen: The Extraordinary Story Of The Land Of The Rising SunBrief History Of Japan, A - Samurai, Shogun And Zen: The Extraordinary Story Of The Land Of The Rising Sun by Clements, Jonathan

This fascinating history tells the story of the people of Japan, from ancient teenage priest-queens to teeming hordes of salarymen, a nation that once sought to conquer China, yet also shut itself away for two centuries in self-imposed seclusion. With intelligence and wit, author Jonathan Clements blends documentary and storytelling styles to connect the past, present and future of Japan, and in broad yet detailed strokes reveals a country of paradoxes: a modern nation steeped in ancient traditions; a democracy with an emperor as head of state; a famously safe society built on 108 volcanoes resting on the world's most active earthquake zone; a fast-paced urban and technologically advanced country whose land consists predominantly of mountains and forests.

Culture Of Copying In Japan, The: Critical And Historical PerspectivesCulture Of Copying In Japan, The: Critical And Historical Perspectives by Cox, Rupert (Ed.)

This book challenges the perception of Japan as a 'copying culture' through a series of detailed ethnographic and historical case studies. It addresses a question about why the West has had such a fascination for the adeptness with which the Japanese apparently assimilate all things foreign and at the same time such a fear of their skill at artificially remaking and automating the world around them. Countering the idea of a Japan that deviously or ingenuously copies others, it elucidates the history of creative exchanges with the outside world and the particular myths, philosophies and concepts which are emblematic of the origins and originality of copying in Japan. The volume demonstrates the diversity and creativity of copying in the Japanese context through the translation of a series of otherwise loosely related ideas and concepts into objects, images, texts and practices of reproduction, which include: shamanic theatre, puppetry, tea utensils, Kyoto town houses, architectural models, genres of painting, calligraphy, and poetry, 'sample' food displays, and the fashion and car industries.

Japanese And The Jesuits, The: Alessandro Valignano In Sixteenth-Century JapanJapanese And The Jesuits, The: Alessandro Valignano In Sixteenth-Century Japan by Moran, J. F.

The Japanese and the Jesuits examines the attempt by sixteenth century Jesuits to convert the Japanese to Christianity. Directing the Jesuits was the Italian Alessandro Valignano, whose own magisterial writings, many of them not previously translated or published, are the principle source material for this account of one of the most remarkable of all meetings between East and West.

National Faith Of Japan: A Study In Modern ShintoNational Faith Of Japan: A Study In Modern Shinto by Holtom, D. C.

This classic work, long out of print, was the first detailed study of modern Shinto, the religion of Japan, in both its state and sect forms, and is of particular interest for its account of the evolution of Shinto into a vital political force in the period leading up to World War II. After describing the early and medieval forms of Shinto, Holtom outlines the way in which traditional Shinto - unorganised and neglected at the time of the Meiji Restoration - was subsequently used by the new government as a force for reunifying the country through 'integrating the national mind and glorifying the national destiny'. Following the legal separation of state and sect Shinto in 1882, Holtom shows how state Shinto grew steadily with the growth of modern Japan, becoming in his words 'a factor that could not be safely overlooked in making an inventory of the important items involved in the extension of Japanese political control and cultural influence on the Asiatic Continent and elsewhere'.

Kimono Design: An Introduction To Textiles And PatternsKimono Design: An Introduction To Textiles And Patterns by Keiko Nitanai

Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns uses hundreds of photographs and a wealth of information on colors, fabrics and embellishments to paint a portrait of Japanese culture, art and thought. Lavish classical patterns, sweeping scenes, and the many motifs that have been woven, dyed, painted or embroidered into these textiles reveal a reflectiveness, a sense of humor, and an appreciation of exquisite beauty that is uniquely Japanese. Extensive notes on all the motifs demonstrate how the kimono reflects changing times and a sense of the timeless. Information on jewelry, hairpins and other accessories is scattered throughout to give a fuller sense of the Japanese art of dress. This is a volume that Japanophiles, historians, artists and designers will all cherish.

Japanese Garden Design by Keane, Marc P.; Haruzo Ohashi (Photo.)

The creation of a Japanese garden combines a profound respect for nature with an adherence to certain basic principles of aesthetics and structure. In Japanese Garden Design, noted garden designer Marc Peter Keane explains the development and the application of traditional concepts and elements underlying all Japanese gardens. Keane describes the multiple influences of Shinto, Confucian and Buddhist ideas linking poetry, art and philosophy with the remarkable experience of garden creation and enjoyment in Japanese culture. Creative inspiration is found in ancient Japanese precepts about nature; in the gardens of the Heian aristocracy; in the world-renowned Zen meditative rock gardens; in the intimate tea gardens and courtyard gardens of Kyoto; in the public stroll garden of Edo, and many other forms of garden expression. Detailed explanations of the fundamental design concepts help the reader to fully appreciate the meaning and intention of these various garden forms and all the principles still used today in designing a Japanese garden.

True Path Of The Ninja: The Definitive Translation Of The Shoninki by Cummins, Antony; Yoshie Minami

This new edition contains a new introduction by the translator, and has been thoroughly updated to reflect developments that shed new light on the original Japanese text. True Path of the Ninja is the first authoritative translation in English of the Shoninki-the famous seventeenth century Ninja training manual. Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami worked closely with Dr. Nakashima Atsumi, author of the most comprehensive modern Japanese version of the Shoninki, thus making this English translation the closest to the original scrolls. The information and insights found in this translation are invaluable for understanding the skills, techniques and mentality of the historical Ninja. Whether it's information about surviving in the wild, advice on intelligence-gathering techniques or methods for creating chaos in the enemy camp, True Path of the Ninja unveils secrets long lost. Along with its practical applications, this book is an important guide to the mental discipline that a Ninja must have to ensure success in accomplishing their mission. In addition to the translation of the Shoninki, this book also includes the first written record of the oral tradition "Defense Against a Ninja" taught by Otake Risuke, the revered sensei of the legendary Katori Shinto Ryu school of swordsmanship. Sensei reveals for the first time these ancient and traditional teachings on how the Samurai can protect himself from the cunning wiles of a Ninja.

Sake: The History, Stories And Craft Of Japan's Artisanal BreweriesSake: The History, Stories And Craft Of Japan's Artisanal Breweries by Hayato Hishinuma, Jason M. Lang & Elliot Faber

This is a compendium of the most important generational sake breweries in Japan, featuring profiles of and interviews with the passionate families who run these operations, along with luxurious photography of the small batch processes, landscape and people involved. The 75 profiles include 60 sake breweries, 10 shochu distilleries and 5 awamori distilleries from Okinawa all the way to Hokkaido for geographic and stylistic diversity.

Tokyo: A Biography - Disasters, Destruction And Renewal: The Story Of An Inomintable CityTokyo: A Biography - Disasters, Destruction And Renewal: The Story Of An Inomintable City by Mansfield, Stephen

The history of Tokyo is as eventful as it is long. A concise yet detailed overview of this fascinating, centuries-old city, this is a perfect companion volume for history buffs or Tokyo-bound travellers looking to learn more about their destination. In a whirlwind journey through Tokyo's past from its earliest beginnings up to the present day, this Japanese history book demonstrates how the city's response to everything from natural disasters to regime change has been to reinvent itself time and again.

Akira Yoshizawa: Japan's Greatest Origami MasterAkira Yoshizawa: Japan's Greatest Origami Master by Akira Yoshizawa

Master origami artist Akira Yoshizawa was a true innovator who played a seminal role in the rebirth of origami in the modern world. He served as a bridge between past and present, in terms of inventing new techniques and in preserving the traditional Japanese forms. In fact, the notational system of diagrams widely used today to indicate how models are folded was largely invented by him. Above all, Yoshizawa was responsible for elevating origami to the status of an art form. This beautiful origami book is the first comprehensive survey of the extraordinary work of Akira Yoshizawa. In addition to 60 models from his private collection, it features over 1,000 original drawings by the artist, and English translations of his writings in Japanese on origami, all of which are published here for the very first time.

Tuttle Travel Pack: Kyoto And NaraTuttle Travel Pack: Kyoto And Nara by Goss, Rob

This brand new Japan travel guide by award-winning author Rob Goss, a longtime Japan resident, is designed for people with limited time. It covers not only the unique UNESCO World Heritage sites but also bustling Nishiki-koji street market and many smaller shrines and temples where enchanting moss and tree gardens lie hidden behind high stone walls. The list of things to do and see in Kyoto and Nara is literally endless, which is why you need an experienced author to point the way.

Japanese Culture: The Religious And Philosophical FoundationsJapanese Culture: The Religious And Philosophical Foundations by Davies, Roger J.

This book takes readers on a thoroughly researched and extremely readable journey through Japan's cultural history. It provides a comprehensive overview of the religion and philosophy of Japan. This cultural history of Japan explains the diverse cultural traditions that underlie modern Japan and offers readers deep insights into Japanese manners and etiquette. Davies begins with an investigation of the origins of the Japanese, followed by an analysis of the most important approaches used by scholars to describe the essential elements of Japanese culture. From there, each chapter focuses on one of the formative elements: Shintoism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Confucianism, and Western influences in the modern era. Each chapter is concluded with extensive endnotes along with thought-provoking discussion activities, making this volume ideal for individual readers and for classroom instruction.

True Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers And Dope Heads - True Stories From A Japanese CourtroomTrue Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers And Dope Heads - True Stories From A Japanese Courtroom by Murphy, Paul

A middle-aged carpenter beats his 91-year old mother to death and goes to work the following day, leaving the body for his wife to find. An 82-year old woman is jailed for 10 months for stealing fried chicken. Like nearly all defendants in Japan, they both plead guilty. What happens between plea and sentencing is the subject of True Crime Japan. In this fascinating crime book journalist and longtime Japan resident Paul Murphy provides a glimpse of Japanese society through a year's worth of criminal court cases in Matsumoto, a city 140 miles to the west of Tokyo. Based on court hearings and interviews with the defendants, their families, neighbors and lawyers-Murphy explores not only the motives of offenders, but the culture of crime and punishment in Japan. The resulting true crime book provides a lens through which to view this honor-shame based, conformist culture, and shows how, in its role within that culture, the court system reveals Japan to be, surprisingly to some, a land of true individuals.

Atari To Zelda: Japan's Videogames In Global ContextsAtari To Zelda: Japan's Videogames In Global Contexts by Consalvo, Mia

In the early days of arcades and Nintendo, many players didn't recognize Japanese games as coming from Japan; they were simply new and interesting games to play. But since then, fans, media, and the games industry have thought further about the "Japaneseness" of particular games. In this book, Mia Consalvo looks at what happens when Japanese games travel outside Japan, and how they are played, thought about, and transformed by individuals, companies, and groups in the West. Consalvo begins with players, first exploring North American players' interest in Japanese games (and Japanese culture in general) and then investigating players' DIY localization of games, in the form of ROM hacking and fan translating. She analyzes several Japanese games released in North America and looks in detail at the Japanese game company Square Enix. She examines indie and corporate localization work, and the rise of the professional culture broker. Finally, she compares different approaches to Japaneseness in games sold in the West and considers how Japanese games have influenced Western games developers.

Ninja, The: The Secret History Of Ninjutsu Ancient Shadow Warriors Of JapanNinja, The: The Secret History Of Ninjutsu Ancient Shadow Warriors Of Japan by Zoughari, Kacem

Ninjutsu is the most renowned and misunderstood of all martial arts. The long history of ninjutstu is often murky; surrounded by mystery and legend. Here, for the first time, is an in-depth, factual look at the entire art of ninjutsu, including emergence of the ninja warriors and philosophy in feudal Japan; detailed historical events; its context in the development of other schools of martial arts; and the philosophies and exercises of the school today.

Tokyo Fashion City: A Guide To Tokyo's Trendiest Fashion DistrictsTokyo Fashion City: A Guide To Tokyo's Trendiest Fashion Districts by Keet, Philomena

The fashionable, eccentric pedestrians of Tokyo are captured with hundreds of portrait photographs in this fun guide to Tokyo street fashion. Each chapter is packed with photographs of young fashionistas captured as they go about their daily lives, with info-rich captions, and insightful text giving the background to the trends and tribes featured. With the inclusion of area maps, and shop and cafe listings, Tokyo Fashion City is an indispensable resource for readers wishing to keep a finger on Tokyo's style pulse.

Japanese Tattoo: History, Culture, DesignJapanese Tattoo: History, Culture, Design by Ashcraft, Brian; Hori Benny

Japanese Tattoos explains the imagery featured in Japanese tattoos so that readers can avoid getting ink they don't understand or, worse, that they'll regret. This photo-heavy book will also trace the history of Japanese tattooing, putting the iconography and kanji symbols in their proper context so readers will be better informed as to what they mean and have a deeper understanding of irezumi. Tattoos featured will range from traditional tebori (hand-poked) and kanji tattoos to anime-inspired and modern works-as well as everything in between. For the first time, Japanese tattooing will be put together in a visually attractive, informative, and authoritative way.

Kyoto UnhurriedKyoto Unhurried by Tay, Janice

Change comes slowly in Kyoto, a city of wooden houses, ancient temples and shops in business for centuries. Kyoto Unhurried is a resident's introduction to the city, with a focus on lesser-known places and events, showing readers where to go at different times of the year. But this is more than a travel guide. Pulling present-day encounters together with tales of poets and samurai, Kyoto Unhurried charts an atmospheric journey through one of the world's most romantic cities. It does not simply tell travellers what to see; it shows them why in the first place they should go.

Nanban: Japanese Soul FoodNanban: Japanese Soul Food by Anderson, Tim

Ramen, gyoza, fried chicken, udon, pork belly buns, and other boldly flavored, stick-to-your ribs dishes comprise Southern Japanese soul food. The antidote to typical refined restaurant fare, this hearty comfort food has become popular in the US as street food and in ramen bars. In a unique package that includes a cool exposed binding, Nanban brings home cooks the best of these crave-inducing treats. From pungent kimchi to three types of Japanese fried chicken, and with a primer on Japanese ingredients and substitutions, Nanban is the perfect cookbook for any lover of Asian food.