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Evening Clouds Novel

A family moves into a new home on a windswept hilltop in suburban Tokyo. Around them is the sky, forests, and farms. But developers are coming, and the children are growing up. There are meals, quandaries, conversations... Junzo Shono's portrait of this family's daily life has the resonant power of fine photography, where the most minute details suggest a changing, unforgiving universe.


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Exploring Kyoto: On Foot in the Ancient Capital

The ancient Japanese city of Kyoto is famous for its festivals, Zen gardens, temples, and universities - all of which make it an ideal city to explore on foot. In this revised and updated edition of the classic travel book, 32 walking tours guide you through famous sites and back-street locales. Includes two new walks, a new design, detailed maps, photos, and notes about Kyoto's cultural and historical background.


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Family Crests of Japan

This book contains over 850 family crests (kamon) with descriptions, cultural backgrounds, and a selection of photographs showing how crests are used on banners, signs, and buildings. Of special interest to graphic designers, quilt-makers, and illustrators.


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Forgotten Japanese, The: Encounters with Rural Life and Folklore (Hardcover)

Tsuneichi Miyamoto (1907-1981), a Japanese folklore scholar and rural advocate, walked 160,000 kilometers to conduct interviews and capture a dying way of life. This collection of photos, vignettes, and life stories from pre- and postwar rural Japan is the first English translation of his modern Japanese folklore.


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Four Immigrants Manga (Kiyama/Schodt)

Rediscover the roots of Asian-America in this "documentary comic" of the true adventures of four young Japanese men in California 90 years ago. The Four Immigrants Manga is Henry Kiyama's visual chronicle of his immigrant experiences in the United States....Click for more!


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Geeky-Girly Innovation: Japanese Subculturalist's Guide to Tech & Design

The Japanese have leveraged the childlike, feminine, cute aspects of their otaku (geek) culture into top-tier products for world markets. What does this mean for the human/object interface? How can we personalize and pleasurize design? The answers may lie in our entertainments, innocence, and obsessions.


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Green Tea Living: A Japan-Inspired Guide to Eco-Friendly Habits

Starting with the notion that some traditions - like drinking green tea for health and mental acuity - embody timeless wisdom for living, Toshimi A. Kayaki offers dozens of wise old Japanese ways for improving how you look and feel while respecting nature and the environment. Carry your own pair of chopsticks, wear five-toe socks, eat salty plums, use rice water as floor wax, do "eco-laundry," and always set aside 10 percent for savings... you get the idea. By leading a "green tea life," you'll help yourself and the planet.


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Gundam, Mobile Suit: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation (2nd Ed)

Called "a cornerstone of anime SF," Japan's Gundam franchise begun in 1979 now boasts a worldwide cult of devotees. In the Gundam universe, the Earth Federation battle rebellious off-world colonies, and "Newtype" warriors with evolved mentality pilot gargantuan suits of high-tech armor. This novelization presents creator Yoshiyuki Tomino's unvarnished vision for his own core series, with richer characterizations and a shocking ending.


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Haiku Apprentice, The: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan

Abigail Friedman was an American diplomat in Tokyo, not a writer. A chance encounter leads her to a haiku group, where she discovers poetry that anyone can enjoy writing. Her teacher and fellow haiku group members instruct her in seasonal flora and fauna, and gradually she learns to describe the world in plain words, becoming one of the millions in Japan who lead a haiku life.


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Haiku Seasons, The: Poetry of the Natural World

This guide written introduces haiku and related poetry while explaining the essential role of the seasons using examples from around the world.


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Hojoki: Visions of a Torn World

Japan's capital city of Kyoto was devastated by earthquake, storm, and fire in the late 12th century. Retreating from "this unkind world," the poet and Buddhist priest Kamo-no-Chomei left the capital for the forested mountains, where he eventually constructed his famous "ten-foot-square" hut.


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How to Take a Japanese Bath

This book takes a simple (yet often incorrectly performed) activity and depicting it with a graphic, manga-style edge. In twelve drawings, a young Japanese man is shown preparing, rinsing, soaking, communing, relaxing, contemplating - all an encouragement to readers to slow down, ease into the hot water, and enjoy this timeless ritual of purity and release.


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