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Lateral View, A: Essays on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan

This masterfully written collection of short essays by the acknowledged Western expert on Japanese culture and film spans thirty years and ranges broadly over subjects as diverse as the Noh theater, fashion, television, Tokyo Disneyland, language, the kiss, and, of course, film.


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Long Rainy Season, A: Haiku and Tanka (Contemporary Japanese Women's Poety 1)

This is an anthology of traditional short verse. In haiku and tanka, fifteen Japanese women poets reveal universal female themes through the lens of a challenging spiritual and physical Japanese environment.


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Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film (Book)

Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp explore the astounding resurgence of Japanese cinema, profiling the most creative contemporary Japanese filmmakers, from the well-known to the up-and-coming, and reviewing almost a hundred of their recent films. Richly illustrated with images from behind and in front of the camera, this is a book any film lover will savor.


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Milky Way Railroad Novel

One night, alone on a hilltop, a young boy is swept aboard a magical train bound for the Milky Way. A classic in Japan, this tender fable is a book of great wisdom, offering insight into the afterlife.


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Mirei Shigemori: Modernizing the Japanese Garden

Mirei Shigemori (1896-1975), a historian trained in painting and ikebana, is increasingly admired for his contemporary Japanese garden designs. Believing the garden had fallen into cliche, Shigemori applied modernist shapes, colors and materials to create stunning avant-garde works that also celebrated the ancient Japanese gods and rituals.


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Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection

Drawing on Eastern tradition, Naikan is a structured method for intensely meditating on our lives, our interconnections, our missteps. Through Naikan, we develop a natural and profound sense of gratitude for blessings bestowed on us by others, blessings that were always there but went unnoticed.


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Name of the Flower

The thirteen stories in this collection focus on ordinary characters from daily life - the working husband and the loyal wife who sadly and silently endures. Inevitably, they unravel to reveal human obsessions, flaws, and fears.


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One Hot Summer in Kyoto

When Peter Meadowes flees to Kyoto for his summer vacation, he expects to find relief from Noriko, his grim Japanese mistress. But in the small wood-and-paper Japanese house he has rented, he finds something unexpected: another woman to desire. Next on the scene is Miss Goto, who turns an elaborately staged seduction into a comedy of errors. When wife Monica shows up from England, Meadowes must choose... and fast.


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OriGrafix Fun: Hop, Move, Fly, Play

Are you ready for a new kind of origami? Preprinted tear-out papers with colorful pop-art designs on the front and folding lines on the back turn into 3D objects for play and display. Included are basic techniques, object descriptions, and complete folding instructions for each design. OriGrafix Fun showcases designs to play with - airplanes, sumo wrestlers, tops, pinwheels, butterflies, cameras, and more.


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OriGrafix Japan: Traditional Designs

Are you ready for a new kind of origami? Preprinted tear-out paper with colorful pop art designs on the front and folding lines on the back turn into 3-D objects for play and display. Each volume includes 20 designs, 60 all-different sheets of folding paper, and 4 sheets of backgrounds for staging your creations. With OriGrafix Japan, you can make a cicada, turtle, crane, frog, little prince, Daruma, goldfish, and many more!


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Other Side River: Free Verse (Contemporary Japanese Women's Poety 2)

The work of 36 modern Japanese women poets, writing in an "imported" Western verse form and astonishing us with their diverse viewpoints, rhythms, themes, and insights. A companion to A Long Rainy Season: Haiku and Tanka.


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Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima (Hardcover)

Yukio Mishima (b. 1925) was a brilliant writer and intellectual whose relentless obsession with beauty, purity, and patriotism ended in his astonishing self-disembowelment and decapitation in downtown Tokyo in 1970. Nominated for the Nobel Prize, Mishima was the best-known novelist of his time (works like Confessions of a Mask and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion are still in print in English), and his legacy - his persona - is still honored and puzzled over.


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