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Book of Tea, The

The Book of Tea is a brief essay on tea drinking, its history, restorative powers, and rich connection to Japanese culture. Okakura felt that "Teaism" was at the very center of Japanese life and helped shape everything from art, aesthetics, and an appreciation for the ephemeral to architecture, design, gardens, and painting.


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Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expats in Literary Japan Novel

This collection of short stories by non-Japanese who choose to live in Japan is an absorbing look at the Outsider in a nation that does not absorb foreigners easily. Unlike that other, earlier hotbed of expatriate writing, Literary Paris, which was not so different from home, postwar Literary Japan has confronted its expatriate writing community with a challenging mental and physical landscape.


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Business Passport to Japan: Revised and Updated Edition

This updated guide offers an interactive approach to doing business in Japan by presenting practical tips in an easy-to-read format. It goes beyond the logistical details of meetings, courtesy, and protocol to uncover the thought processes and cultural values behind the behaviors and situations readers may encounter.


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Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto Novel

Born into the burakumin - Japan's class of outcasts - Kenji Nakagami depicts the lives of his people in sensual language and stark detail. The Cape is a breakthrough novella about a burakumin community, their troubled memories, and complex family histories. Includes House on Fire and Red Hair.


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Care and Use of Japanese Woodworking Tools, The

Japanese tools are manufactured to perform at the high level top craftspeople demand, but they work differently from Western tools. Covering four major tool categories - plus sharpening stones - the authors guide the woodworker or hobbyist step by step, using detailed line drawings and concise how-to explanations.


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Cherry Blossoms (Shikosha Design Library)

The cherry blossom is a symbol of evanescent beauty in Japan, and its soft pink colorations have been explored countless times by Japanese artists throughout history. Featuring the work of Kyoto kimono design masters, this volume offers examples of the venerable cherry and its variants.


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Crazy for Kanji

Memorizing kanji - Japanese written characters - and their thousands of shapes, sounds, and meanings would drive anyone crazy. And here's something crazier: a whole book about kanji: where they come from, why they look like they do, how to tell husband from prisoner, where to find kanji in Wales, and how to learn kanji faster. Scattered throughout are nearly one hundred large-type "exhibits" of kanji madness, including puzzles and even kanji sudoku.


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Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors

With clear insight and without academic jargon, Alexander Jacoby examines the works of over 150 filmmakers to uncover what makes their films worth watching. Included are artistic profiles of everyone from Yutaka Abe to Isao Yukisada, including masters like Kinji Fukasaku, Juzo Itami, Akira Kurosawa, Takashi Miike, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Yoji Yamada. Each entry includes a critical summary and filmography.


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Designing with Kanji: Japanese Character Motifs for Surface, Skin & Print

Japanese kanji characters combine meaning with beauty and thus offer a unique medium for artistic expression. But if you don't know the language, how do you find characters that say what you want and are not just a kanji cliche? You can start here. This book has over 130 kanji presented in a simple format for easy use.


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Different Kind of Luxury, A: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living & Inner Abundance

Raised in the tumult of Japan's industrial powerhouse, the eleven men and women profiled in this book have all made the transition to sustainable, fulfilling lives. They are today artists, philosophers, and farmers who reside deep in the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives may be simple, yet they are surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, contemplation, delicious food, and an abundance of time.


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Dorama Encyclopedia, The (Book)

This encyclopedic survey of the next cultural tsunami to hit America has over 1,000 entries - including production data, synopses, and commentaries - on everything from rubber-monster shows to samurai drama, from crime to horror, unlocking an entire culture's pop history as never seen before.


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Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (Fred Schodt) Gift Edition

This landmark book, first published at the height of the manga boom, is offered in a hardcover collector's edition with a new foreword and afterword. Frederik L. Schodt looks at the classic publications and artists who created modern manga, including the magazines Big Comics and Morning, and artists like Suehiro Maruo and Shigeru Mizuki; an entire chapter is devoted to Osamu Tezuka. The new afterword shows how manga have evolved in the past decade to transform global visual culture.


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