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The Inland Sea

The Inland Sea

by Donald Richie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

Richie's masterpiece, more than a travel account, is a beautiful reflection on all things Japanese by one of its most acute observers. (JPN13, $16.95)

Japan, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Japan, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Jeffrey Angles

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This geographically-organized anthology introduces both Japan and its best contemporary writers. (JPN187, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Japan

Eyewitness Guide Japan

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Dazzling illustrations, architectural cutaways and color photographs, along with useful local maps, give this guide to Japan's many attractions a distinct edge. (JPN130, $28.00)

In Praise of Shadows

In Praise of Shadows

by Junichiro Tanizaki

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 73 PAGES

This extended essay by the great Japanese novelist, first published in 1933, offers tremendous insight into traditional Japanese art, architecture and design. (JPN19, $16.00)

 
70 Japanese Gestures

70 Japanese Gestures


by Hamiru-aqui

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 158 PAGES

A clever guide to body language and slang in Japan as demonstrated through 70 witty black-and-white photographs and explanatory text. (JPN193, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Japan

Culture Smart! Japan


by Paul Norbury

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, this is a helpful travel tool for visitors to Japan. (JPN269, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Korea

Culture Smart! Korea


by James Hoare

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (KOR20, $9.95)

Exploring Kyoto

Exploring Kyoto


by Judith Clancy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 233 PAGES

Featuring 30 well-crafted walking tours of neighborhoods, gardens and sanctuaries. (JPN26, $16.95)

Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook


by Yoshi Abe

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 259 PAGES

A handy palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (JPN136, $8.99)

Tokyo, A View of the City

Tokyo, A View of the City


by Donald Richie

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 142 PAGES

Richie's literate essay on the culture, history and fabric of Tokyo, where he lived for 50 years, is structured as a geographic tour starting at the Imperial Palace and branching out. With black-and-white photos. (JPN90, $25.00)

A Traveller's History of Japan

A Traveller's History of Japan


by Richard Tames

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A lively and concise narrative history of Japan and its transformation from Shinto, Shogun and Samurai traditions to 20th-century powerhouse. (JPN09, $14.95)

Embracing Defeat, Japan in the Wake of WWII

Embracing Defeat, Japan in the Wake of WWII


by John W. Dower

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 676 PAGES

A social and political history of the postwar years in Japan. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, it's an eye-opening account by a leading scholar of Japanese-American relations at MIT. (JPN54, $21.95)

Hiroshima

Hiroshima


by John Hersey

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

This classic book, first published in 1946, has been hailed as the greatest piece of journalism in the 20th century. In it, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Hersey puts a human face on the Hiroshima tragedy through interviews with survivors. (JPN20, $7.95)

Inventing Japan, 1853-1964

Inventing Japan, 1853-1964


by Ian Buruma

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 194 PAGES

A favorite writer with keen insight about Japan, Buruma offers an admirably succinct, dramatic history of Japan's transformation from feudal state to host of the 1964 Olympics, with a focus on World War II. (JPN139, $15.00)

Japan Rising, The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose


by Kenneth B. Pyle

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

Pyle (The Making of Modern Japan) effectively traces the rocky history of Japan as an economic and military power in this portrait of the island nation. (JPN296, $29.95)

Korea's Place in the Sun, A Modern History

Korea's Place in the Sun, A Modern History


by Bruce Cumings

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 527 PAGES

A provocative, spirited history of the two Koreas since World War II for the general reader, highly recommended. It includes a chapter on Korean-Americans, and ends with a lively discussion of Korea's place in the world at the end of the 20th century. New edition. (KOR03, $18.95)

The Book of Tea

The Book of Tea


by Kakuzo Okakura

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 116 PAGES

A graceful, witty meditation on Japanese aesthetics and culture as reflected through the tea ceremony. A celebrity and cultural ambassador, Okakura was a curator at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (JPN21, $9.95)

The Book of Tea, Classic Edition

The Book of Tea, Classic Edition


by Kakuzo Okakura

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1956
  • PAPER
  • 116 PAGES

A handsome, hardcover edition of Okakura's graceful, witty meditation on Japanese aesthetics and culture as reflected through the tea ceremony. The ink drawings at the head of each chapter are by Sesshu (1420-1506), greatest of Japanese painters in the same Zen tradition which inspired the tea ceremony. (JPN333, $19.00)

The Making of Modern Korea

The Making of Modern Korea


by Adrian Buzo

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 213 PAGES

A thorough, balanced and engaging history of Korea from 1910 to the present day. (SEA68, $49.95)

The Two Koreas, A Contemporary History

The Two Koreas, A Contemporary History


by Don Oberdorfer

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 521 PAGES

A history of North and South Korea covering the last 25 years, including information on North Korea's nuclear capabilities. (KOR07, $22.95)

Tsukiji, The Fish Market at the Center of the World


by Theodore C. Bestor

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 411 PAGES

Bestor offers a rich ethnography of market life and its links to Tokyo history but also shows how changing patterns of global consumption and cuisine affect daily life in Tsukiji. (JPN348, $29.95)

The Gardens of Japan

The Gardens of Japan


by Teiji Itoh

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • HARD COVER
  • 244 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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This beautifully illustrated overview of the history and tradition of gardens features 75 color photographs and astute essays. (JPN38, $60.00)

Korea, A Walk Through the Land of Miracles

Korea, A Walk Through the Land of Miracles


by Simon Winchester

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Winchester, in his familiar and engaging style, blends travel, history and reporting in this insightful account of a walk across Korea in 1988. With a map and black-and-white photographs. (KOR16, $15.99)

Learning to Bow, Inside the Heart of Japan

Learning to Bow, Inside the Heart of Japan


by Bruce Feiler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 321 PAGES

As surprising, helpful and informative as it is funny, this is an insightful account of travels and teaching in Japan. Feiler presents anecdotes on the rituals, personality traits and cultural peccadilloes of the Japanese. (JPN111, $13.99)

Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches

Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches


by Nobuyuki Yuasa | Basho Matsuo

  • LITERATURE
  • 1967
  • PAPER
  • 178 PAGES

These marvelous prose-and-poetry sketches by the famous poet wanderer Basho (1644-94) invoke the mysteries of the cosmos manifest in the Japanese landscape. With some of the most perfect 17-syllable haiku ever composed. (JPN91, $15.00)

Some Prefer Nettles, A Novel


by Junichiro Tanizaki

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Tanizaki's subtle and delicate tale of Japanese contemporary life deals with the ramifications of a collapsing marriage. (JPN324, $15.00)

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion


by Yukio Mishima

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 262 PAGES

Inspired by historical events, this powerful first novel by the great 20th-century Japanese writer tells the story of the monk who burned the Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. (JPN389, $16.00)

Thousand Cranes

Thousand Cranes


by Yasunari Kawabata | Edward G. Seidensticker

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 147 PAGES

This novella by the great Kawabata may be Japan's best-known literary work, a story of love, grief and redemption. Kawabata's prose is as economical as the tea ceremony itself and very beautiful. (JPN34, $15.00)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and North-East Asia

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and North-East Asia


by Shimba Tadao

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

This comprehensive guide, featuring 800 color photo-graphs, up-to-date range maps and identification, covers the birds of not only Japan but also neighboring mainland Korea, Northeast China and Eastern Siberia. (JPN264, $44.00)

Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia

Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia


by Mark Brazil

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 520 PAGES

Featuring 234 superb color plates, Brazil's comprehensive guide includes birds found in Japan, Korea and Taiwan along with adjacent areas of Asia and Kamchatka. (JPN332, $39.95)

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