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I Wait For the Moon: 100 Haiku of Momoko Kuroda

These one hundred poems, Momoko Kuroda's first collection in English, show her evolution as a poet, her acute lyricism, and her engagement as a writer in issues central to modern Japan: postwar identity, nuclear politics, and Fukushima. Abigail Friedman's introduction and textual commentaries provide background and insight into poetic themes and craft.


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Inland Sea, The

Sheltered between Japan's major islands lies the Inland Sea, a place modernity passed by. In this travel memoir, Donald Richie embarks on a quest to find Japan's timeless heart among its mysterious waters and forgotten islands.


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J-Boys: Kazuo's World, Tokyo, 1965 Novel

Kazuo Nakamoto's life in inner-city Tokyo is one of tea and tofu, of American TV and rock 'n' roll. Kazuo is nine. It is the mid-1960s, just after the Japan Olympics, and Kazuo dreams of being a track star. He hangs out with his buddies, goes to school, and helps with household chores. But Kazuo's world is changing. This bittersweet novel is a deft portrait of a year in a boy's life in a land and time far away, filled with universal concerns about fitting in, escaping the past, and growing up.


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Japan Journals, The: 1947-2004

Donald Richie has been observing and writing about Japan from the moment he arrived on New Year's Eve, 1946. Detailing his life, his lovers, and his ideas on matters high and low, The Japan Journals is a record of both a nation and an evolving expatriate sensibility. As Japan modernizes and as the author ages, the tone grows elegiac, and The Japan Journals becomes a bittersweet chronicle of a complicated life well lived.


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Japan Style Sheet: The SWET Guide for Writers, Editors and Translators (Revised)

Japan Style Sheet is an authoritative guide for anyone working on English-language publications about Japan. Designed for non-specialists, it contains clear stylistic advice on word formation; "spelling" Japanese words; capitalization; italicization; numbers; bibliographic forms; personal and place names; and using long marks (macrons), apostrophes, and other aids to romanizing Japanese.


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Japanese Beyond Words (Book)

Barriers of culture and social etiquette can be just as difficult to overcome as problems of grammar. Until now, these aspects of learning to communicate with a new culture could only be learned first-hand by trial and error. Japanese Beyond Words was written to fill this gap, to give you the tools you need to effectively communicate in Japanese, with the Japanese.


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Japanese Tea Garden, The (Paperback)

Almost every Japanese garden is influenced by the tea garden. In The Japanese Tea Garden, landscape architect Marc Peter Keane describes the history, design, and aesthetics of tea gardens, from T'ang China to the present day, with over 115 stunning photographs, floor plans, and illustrations.


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Japanese Way of the Artist: Living/Brush Meditation/Way of the Flower

The three works anthologized here are essential to understanding the spiritual, meditative, and physical basis of all classical Japanese creative and martial arts.


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Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure (Book)

Japanese difficult? Study boring? No way! Not with this "real manga, real Japanese" approach to learning. Presenting all spoken Japanese as a variation of three basic sentence types, Japanese the Manga Way shows how to build complex constructions step by step. Every grammar point is illustrated by an actual manga published in Japan to show how the language is used in real life, an approach that is entertaining and memorable.


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Kana Pict-O-Graphix: Mnemonics for Japanese Hiragana & Katakana

This compact book is a visual guide to the two basic kana syllabaries used in Japanese. Combining clever drawings and text memory aids, it teaches the beginning student the shapes and pronunciations of these essential written characters.


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Kanji Pict-O-Graphix Dragon Book: Blood, Fire and Spirit

Japanese characters (kanji) blend form and line to convey words and ideas in pictographs. Learning them takes time, practice, and sometimes... imagination! Here are 150 of the most basic kanji (school grades 1–4) in a completely reimagined and fanciful format to make memorization and recognition fun, or just to delight anyone who loves how words and language can be transformed into playful visual art.


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Kanji Starter 1

Between Kanji Starter volumes 1 and 2, students can learn a quarter of the 2,000 characters designated for "daily use" by the Japanese government. This volume concentrates on pictographs and contains some 200 kanji with memory aids, explanatory drawings, examples of kanji formation by combining elements, and common-use word compounds. It comes in a handy size and contains a complete stroke-count index.


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