Popular Hits of the Showa Era: A Novel by Ryu Murakami

By Ryu Murakami

From the writer of Audition, a wickedly satirical and wildly humorous story of an intergenerational conflict of the sexes.
In his such a lot irreverent novel but, Ryu Murakami creates a competition of epic proportions among six aimless youths and 6 tough-as-nails girls who conflict for keep an eye on of a Tokyo local. on the outset, the younger males look louche yet innocuous, their actions constrained to consuming, snacking, peering at a unadorned neighbor via a window, and appearing karaoke. The six "aunties" are fiercely autonomous profession ladies. while one of many boys executes a deadly ambush of 1 of the ladies, chaos ensues. the ladies band jointly to discover the killer and designated revenge. In flip, the men buckle down, research physics, and plot to take out their nemeses in one blast. Who knew lethal "gang war" can be such enjoyable? Murakami builds the clash right into a hilarious, spot-on satire of recent tradition and the tensions among the sexes and generations.

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The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film by Tom Mes, Jasper Sharp

By Tom Mes, Jasper Sharp

An eye-opening portrait of a colourful movie tradition, The nighttime Eye advisor to New eastern Film is the main complete examine of the japanese filmmaking scene but written. Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp discover the fantastic resurgence of jap cinema, either dwell motion and lively, profiling 19 modern eastern filmmakers, from the well known (Kitano, Miike, Miyazaki) to the up-and-coming (Naomi Kawase, Satoshi Kon, Shinya Tsukamoto) and reviewing ninety seven in their fresh motion pictures. With a hundred+ pictures from at the back of and in entrance of the digital camera, this can be a ebook any movie lover will take pleasure in. Foreword by way of Hideo Nakata, director of Ring.

Tom Mes (in Paris) and Jasper Sharp (in Tokyo) co-edit Midnighteye.com, the most appropriate English-language site on jap cinema.

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The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, Kencho Suematsu

By Murasaki Shikibu, Kencho Suematsu

Written centuries sooner than the time of Shakespeare and Chaucer, The story of Genji marks the delivery of the radical — and after greater than a millennium, this seminal paintings in regards to the existence and loves of Prince Genji, grasp poet, dancer, musician and painter, keeps to enchant readers in the course of the global. This model by way of Kencho Suematsu was once the first-ever translation in English. Condensed, it's 1 / 4 size of the unabridged textual content. ideal for readers with restricted time.

Abridged.

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Kimono in the Boardroom: The Invisible Evolution of Japanese by Jean R. Renshaw

By Jean R. Renshaw

Eastern girls, who include greater than forty% in their country's staff, are necessary to the japanese financial system. but they don't seem to be generally regarded as managers, at domestic or out of the country. Jean Renshaw demanding situations that conception during this pathbreaking e-book, exhibiting readers the place and the way an "invisible evolution" is going on in jap business.

Traditional norms of lifetime employment, the seniority process, and the bureaucratic, tightly knit nature of jap all limit women's access into administration. regardless of those huge, immense boundaries, the variety of jap ladies managers has virtually doubled within the final ten years. so as to notice the secrets and techniques in their luck, Renshaw interviewed over a hundred and fifty profitable eastern girls managers. She explored relations backgrounds, own features, socialization, specialist studies, and company cultures. This ebook provides her occasionally spectacular discoveries. Renshaw completes the image by means of surveying the background of jap ladies in administration and discussing the even more moderen phenomenon of jap girls who personal their very own businesses.

An eye-opening paintings for managers of overseas companies and students of commercial and women's experiences, Kimono within the Boardroom unearths the possibility of the emerging woman managerial type to profoundly swap the male-dominated tradition of contemporary Japan.

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Political Philosophy in Japan: Nishida, the Kyoto School and by Christopher Goto-Jones

By Christopher Goto-Jones

Political Philosophy in Japan specializes in the politics of Japan's pre-eminent philosophical college - the Kyoto university - and especially that of its founder, Nishida Kitar? (1870-1945). latest literature on Nishida is dismissive of there being critical political content material in his paintings, and of the political stance of the broader college. Goto-Jones contends that, faraway from being apolitical, Nishida's philosophy used to be explicitly and deliberately political, and right political examining of Nishida sheds new mild at the controversies surrounding the alleged complicity of the Kyoto college in eastern ultra-nationalism. This publication deals a different and very likely debatable view of the topic of Nishida and the Kyoto tuition.

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Japanese Castles AD 250-1540 (Fortress) by Stephen Turnbull

By Stephen Turnbull

Well known specialist Stephen Turnbull examines the castles inbuilt Japan, from the 1st primitive fortifications within the Yayoi interval (300 BC-AD 250) via to the 1st right castles which started to be constructed with the increase to energy of the Yamato courtroom, the 1st emperors of Japan in round advert 250. interpreting the shut ties that early jap dynasties needed to either China and Korea, Turnbull assesses how eastern protecting structure betrays those influences.

Also tested is the impression that the terrain in Japan had on fortifications - from the early reliance on earthworks and palisades and the advance of wood and earth castles, usually sited at the best of the mountains, into extra tricky stone structures within the fifteenth century. eventually, the emergence of the stone towers which are so attribute of samurai is investigated, as is the slow version of eastern castles to deal with the advent of firearms. With formerly unpublished pictures from the author's deepest assortment and full-color paintings, together with special cutaways, this can be a vital advisor to the attention-grabbing improvement of jap castles.

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Religion and Nothingness (Nanzan Studies in Religion and by Keiji Nishitani

By Keiji Nishitani

In Religion and Nothingness the top consultant of the Kyoto tuition of Philosophy lays the root of idea for a global within the making, for an international united past the variations of East and West. Keiji Nishitani notes the irreversible pattern of Western civilization to nihilism, and singles out the conquest of nihilism as the job for modern philosophy. Nihility, or relative nothingness, can merely be conquer via being radicalized to vacancy, or absolute nothingness. Taking absolute nothingness because the primary idea in rational factors of the japanese event of human lifestyles, Professor Nishitani examines the relevance of this concept for modern lifestyles, and specifically for Western philosophical theories and non secular believes. all over the place his easy goal continues to be an identical: to direct our glossy main issue to a answer via this insight.

The problem that the idea of Keiji Nishitani offers to the West, as a latest model of an japanese speculative culture that's every piece as previous and as variegated as our personal, is one who brings into harmony the main of fact and the main of salvation. within the method, one conventional Western inspiration after one other comes lower than scrutiny: the dichotomy of religion and cause, of being and substance, the private and transcendent notions of God, the exaggerated function given to the realizing ego, or even the Judeo-Christian view of heritage itself.

Religion and Nothingness represents the main paintings of 1 of Japan's strongest and devoted philosophical minds.

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Accelerating Japan's Economic Growth: Resolving Japan's by F. Gerard Adams, Lawrence R. Klein, Kumasaka Yuzo, Shinozaki

By F. Gerard Adams, Lawrence R. Klein, Kumasaka Yuzo, Shinozaki Akihiko

The eastern financial system is commencing to convey indicators of restoration after years of stagnation/deflation, yet many jap policymakers warn that this financial development will be slow: slower than within the usa and definitely slower than in different East Asian nations. Japan faces major financial difficulties, together with an getting older inhabitants, a wide economic deficit, and the necessity to comply with the IT economic system and to festival with the remainder of East Asia. A sluggish progress situation may significantly decrease possibilities for brand spanking new efficient funding and may make it more and more tricky to supply for Japan's turning out to be social wishes.

The authors of this e-book argue that Japan can and may develop extra swiftly, and look at the explanations for the slow functionality of the japanese economic climate. for instance, a few jap financial sectors, rather in distribution and finance, have didn't benefit from new details and communications expertise to speed up the expansion of productiveness, as has occurred in different international locations, comparable to the U.S.. creation functionality experiences and econometric version simulations recommend that with applicable rules the japanese economic system can develop extra swiftly and take care of its destiny difficulties. The ebook posits a couple of coverage proposals which might aid to speed up Japan's financial growth

This publication could be of curiosity to scholars of the japanese financial system, macroeconomics and foreign economies, and likewise to policymakers and pros attracted to Japan’s economic system.

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