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Akiba, The: A Manga Guide to Akihabara

The Akihabara district (Akiba) in Tokyo, once known as the spot for discount electronics stores, has become a veritable theme park of Japanese pop culture. With shops of all kinds, gaming centers, clubs, bars, and restaurants packed into an area of just 700 square meters, the Akiba can be a daunting place to navigate. This guidebook presents the wonderfully eccentric appeal of the district in an easy-to-understand and entertaining format.


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All About Particles: Handbook of Japanese Function Words (2nd Ed)

All students of Japanese, whether they have studied physics or not, know the word "particle," and they realize that particles, like English prepositions, require a special effort to master. All About Particles covers 69 particles, the most common ones along with the less frequent. The particles are shown to have some 200 usages - sufficient to keep most students hard at work for a good many years.


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Arcade Mania: Turbo-Charged World of Japan's Game Centers

Arcade Mania introduces overseas readers to the fascinating world of the Japanese "gemu senta." Organized as a guided tour of a typical game center, the book is divided into nine chapters, each of which deals with a different kind of game, starting with the UFO catchers and print club machines at the entrance and continuing through rhythm games, fighting games, shooting games, retro games, gambling games, card-based games, and only-in-Japan games.


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Botchan Novel

Botchan, a hilarious tale about a young man's rebellion against "the system" in a country school, is a classic of its kind. The setting is Japan's deep south, where the author himself spent some time teaching English in a boys' school. Into this conservative world, with its social proprieties and established pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the big city with scant respect for either his elders or his noisy young charges.


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Breaking into Japanese Literature: 7 Modern Classics in Parallel Text

Reading great books in the original language should be the culmination of language study, but reading Japanese literature unassisted is a daunting task that can defeat even the most able of students. Breaking into Japanese Literature is specially designed to help you bypass all the frustration and actually enjoy classics of Japanese literature.


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Common Japanese Collocations: A Guide to Frequent Word Pairings

Collocations are word combinations that occur in natural speech more frequently than can be explained by chance. In English, we say, "take a bath" (or "have a bath" in British English), but in Japanese the equivalent is "get in a bath," o-furo ni hairu. The verb hairu is the one that collocates with o-furo. Common Japanese Collocations is the first resource to introduce the most frequently used noun-and-verb and noun-and-adjective combinations. Each chapter presents more than a hundred key entries, which consist of a noun and a selection of words that go with that noun.


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Devil's Whisper, The (Miyuki Miyabe)

Sixteen-year-old Mamoru Kusaka has recently moved to Tokyo to live with his aunt and uncle. Just as he is beginning to adjust to his new life, his uncle is involved in a late-night accident while driving his taxicab. Struggling to help his uncle, Mamoru discovers that the victim had been involved in a cruel scam with three other young women. Two of the four have also recently died in similarly violent incidents. A powerful businessman comes forward as a witness, but instead of making things clearer, the man's testimony only adds more confusing lies and deceptions to an already puzzling case.


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Draw Your Own Manga: All the Basics (Haruno Nagatomo)

Ever wanted to draw manga but didn't know where to start? Ever felt there's something not quite right with your drawing but not sure what? Draw Your Own Manga: All the Basics is the book for you! The textbook of choice at Tokyo Animation College, the leading school for manga artists in Japan, it covers all the basic information you need to get started on drawing manga with clear and easy-to-understand instructions.


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Edomae Sushi: Art, Tradition, Simplicity (Color) (Kikuo Shimizu)

"Edomae" means "in front of Edo," the old name of Japan's capital city. In 19th-century Edo, workers in search of quick, nutritious meals favored sushi made from freshly caught fish and vinegar-seasoned rice. Over the years, Edomae sushi became increasingly well-respected. Today, there are few written records about true Edomae sushi, but its technique and soul have been passed down from chef to chef. Now, Kikuo Shimizu, a master chef and owner of Kikuyoshi, a tiny but revered Tokyo restaurant, reveals how authentic Edomae sushi is made.


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Essence of Budo: The Secret Teachings of the Grandmaster

Budo is the spiritual way of the martial arts that all practitioners must follow if they are to be true martial artists. In this book, Masaaki Hatsumi explores the very essence of Budo, and demonstrates an array of important techniques relating to this essence, explaining how the concept of Budo transcends any one combat technique and is at the core of all the many martial arts developed in Japan.


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Felt Friends From Japan (Color)

Meet Rika the Rabbit, Pao the Elephant, Miki the Monkey, and a whole host of easy-to-make, super-cute Japanese characters. All you need is a needle, thread, and some brightly colored felt to bring these new friends to life!


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Four Seasons of Mt. Fuji (Color)

What is mesmerizing about Mt. Fuji is its ever-changing appearance, transformed from day to night and season to season yet always breathtaking. This book features forty images of the mountain taken by two professional photographers who have devoted many years to capturing its beauty on film. In addition to the photographs, there are images of Mt. Fuji in art and crafts, which emphasizes the importance of the mountain to many aspects of Japanese culture. Included are a history of Mt. Fuji, popular climbing routes to the top, spots offering the best views, and maps for locating accommodations.


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