Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai

He eventually married and had children but never obtained official preferment and was forced to supplement a meager stipend by dealing in swords, selling protection to shopkeepers, and generally using his muscle and wits. He ran away from home, once at thirteen, making his way as a beggar on the great trunk road between Edo and Kyoto, and again at twenty, posing as the emissary of a feudal lord.

As it depicts katsu stealing, and getting the better of authorities, customs, economy, it also provides a refreshing perspective on Japanese society, brawling, indulging in the pleasure quarters, and human relationships. A series of picaresque adventures set against the backdrop of a Japan still closed off from the rest of the world, Musui's Story recounts the escapades of samurai Katsu Kokichi.

Rice paddies. From childhood, Katsu was given to mischief. Musui's story will delight not only students of Japan's past but also general readers who will be entranced by Katsu's candor and boundless zest for life. Katsu's descriptions of loyalty and kindness, greed and deception, vanity and superstition offer an intimate view of daily life in nineteenth-century Japan unavailable in standard history books.


Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood

University of California Press. Taking its title from the grim fact that the occupiers forced the Koreans to renounce their own names and adopt Japanese names instead, the book follows one Korean family through the Japanese occupation to the surrender of Japan and dissolution of the Japanese empire. Kim paints seven vivid scenes from a boyhood and early adolescence in Korea at the height of the Japanese occupation during WWII, 1932 to 1945.

In this autobiography, Richard E. Examining the intersections of japanese and korean history that influenced Korea-Japan relations at the time, Lost Names is at once a loving memory of family, an ethnography of Zainichi Koreans in 1930s Japan, and a vivid portrayal of human spirit in a time of suffering and survival.


Japan at War: An Oral History

With more than 30, 000 copies sold to date, this edition features an updated cover designed to appeal to a new generation of readers. The book “seeks out the true feelings of the wartime generation and illuminates the contradictions between the official views of the war and living testimony” Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan.

Japan at war is a book to which Americans and Japanese will continue to turn for decades to come. In a sweeping panorama, Haruko Taya Cook and Theodore F. Following the release of clint eastwood’s epic film letters from Iwo Jima, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture, there has been a renewed fascination and interest in the Japanese perspective on World War II.

Used book in Good Condition. This pathbreaking work of oral history is the first book ever to capture—in either Japanese or English—the experience of ordinary Japanese people during the war. University of California Press. Cook take us from the japanese attacks on china in the 1930s to the Japanese home front during the inhuman raids on Tokyo, and Nagasaki, Hiroshima, offering the first glimpses of how the twentieth century’s most deadly conflict affected the lives of the Japanese population.


A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present

The chapter includes a color insert with maps and photographs that document the cataclysm. More "voices" of ordinary people integrated into the narrative* Increased coverage of cultural history topics, such as anime and manga University of California Press. Beginning with the financial crisis of 2008, it takes readers up to the traumatic events of 3/11/11, and through the aftermath of this disaster.

. A modern history of japan: from tokugawa times to the Present, Third Edition, paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history. Used book in Good Condition. Author andrew gordon offers the finest synthesis to date of Japan's passage through militarism, the American occupation, World War II, and the subsequent economic rollercoaster.

New to the third edition* The previous edition's final chapter has been extensively revised for the third edition. Used book in Good Condition. Retitled "japan's 'lost decades", it now covers the timespan from 1989 through 2008. An entirely new final chapter examines Japan's tumultuous recent history in a global context.

It takes students from the days of the shogunate--the feudal overlordship of the Tokugawa family--through the modernizing revolution launched by midlevel samurai in the late nineteenth century; the adoption of Western hairstyles, clothing, and military organization; and the nation's first experiments with mass democracy after World War I.



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Vintage Books. Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press. When twenty-eight-year-old joji first lays eyes upon the teenage waitress Naomi, he is instantly smitten by her exotic, almost Western appearance. But as she grows older, Joji discovers that Naomi is far from the naïve girl of his fantasies.

And, in tanizaki’s masterpiece of lurid obsession, passion quickly descends into comically helpless masochism.

The Question of Hu

Used book in Good Condition. Spence reconstructs an extraordinary episode in the early intercourse between Europe and China. University of California Press. This lively and elegant book by the acclaimed historian Jonathan D. At once a triumph of historical detective work and a gripping narrative, madness, with their different definitions of faith, The Question of Hu deftly probes the collision of tw ocultures, and moral obligation.

It is the story of john hu, a lowly but devout chinese Catholic, who in 1722 accompanied a Jesuit missionary on a journey to France--a journey that ended with Hu's confinement in a lunatic asylum. Used book in Good Condition. Vintage Books. Used book in Good Condition.

Chushingura The Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play

University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Presents a translation of the eighteenth-century Japanese drama. Vintage Books.

Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850

Japan emerging provides a comprehensive survey of Japan from prehistory to the nineteenth century. Used book in Good Condition. Instead of relying solely on lists of dates and prominent names, economic, social, the authors focus on why and how Japanese political, and intellectual life evolved. Incorporating the latest scholarship and methodology, classical, leading authorities writing specifically for this volume outline and explore the main developments in Japanese life through ancient, medieval, and early modern periods.

Used book in Good Condition. Engaging, thorough, and accessible, this is an essential text for all students and scholars of Japanese history. Westview Press. Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press. Each part begins with a timeline and a set of guiding questions and issues to help orient readers and enhance continuity.

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A Concise History of Japan Cambridge Concise Histories

Vintage Books. Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press. To this day, japan's modern ascendancy challenges many assumptions about world history, particularly theories regarding the rise of the west and why the modern world looks the way it does. Integrating the pageantry of a unique nation's history with today's environmental concerns, Walker's vibrant and accessible new narrative then follows Japan's ascension from the ashes of World War II into the thriving nation of today.

Used book in Good Condition. In this engaging new history, Brett L. Walker tackles key themes regarding Japan's relationships with its minorities, state and economic development, and the uses of science and medicine. Used book in Good Condition. The book begins by tracing the country's early history through archaeological remains, before proceeding to explore life in the imperial court, civil conflict, the rise of the samurai, encounters with Europe, and the advent of modernity and empire.

Westview Press. It is a history for our times, posing important questions regarding how we should situate a nation's history in an age of environmental and climatological uncertainties. Cambridge University Press.

Some Prefer Nettles

Cambridge University Press. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Junichiro tanizaki’s some prefer Nettles is an exquisitely nuanced exploration of the allure of ancient Japanese tradition—and the profound disquiet that accompanied its passing. Some prefer nettles is an ethereally suggestive, psychologically complex exploration of the crisis every culture faces as it hurtles headfirst into modernity.

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. It is the 1920s in tokyo, and kaname and his wife Misako are trapped in a parody of a progressive Western marriage. Vintage Books. Westview Press.

East Asia: A Cultural, Social, and Political History

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Written by top scholars in the field, and korea in a larger, and political history, 3e delivers a comprehensive cultural, EAST ASIA: A CULTURAL, Japan, political, and intellectual history of East Asia, while focusing on the narratives and histories of China, SOCIAL, economic, global context. A range of primary source documents spotlights women's independence, and other stirring issues, students-turned-soldiers, while intriguing biographical sketches throughout highlight the lives of popular figures and ordinary people alike.

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