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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)

Japan Map

Japan Map

by Periplus Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP

This convenient map covers the island nation at a scale of 1:2,000,000, with insets of the major cities. (JPN06, $8.95)

 
Japan Adventure Map

Japan Adventure Map


by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

Printed on waterproof and tear-resistant paper, this double-sided map shows all the islands of Japan a scale of 1:1,300,000. (JPN430, $11.95)

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)

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, 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City

Tokyo, 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City


by Viction Workshop

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 132 PAGES

A hip, colorful pocket guide with an emphasis on the artistic, drawing recommendations from 60 local creatives. Contains helpful travel advice, detailed neighborhood maps and a dust jacket that unfolds into an illustrated map. (JPN452, $9.95)

A Geek in Japan, Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony

A Geek in Japan, Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony


by Hector Garcia

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

An introduction to modern Japanese society in a series of short essays accompanied by loads of color photographs. A funny, highly readable guide to modern Japan, especially for the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, anime, manga and video games. (JPN444, $18.95)

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)

Bending Adversity, Japan and the Art of Survival

Bending Adversity, Japan and the Art of Survival


by David Pilling

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 416 PAGES

Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling captures the dynamism and diversity of Japan after the 2011 tsunami. He interviews, among many, novelist Haruki Murakami, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists, bankers, activists and artists, teenagers and octogenarians. (JPN441, $29.95)

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 in World History

Japan in World History


by James L. Huffman

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A brief and compelling history with a strong focus on Japan's foreign relations and analysis of relevant social, cultural and economic factors. (JPN367, $19.95)

Japan, Its History and Culture

Japan, Its History and Culture


by W. Scott Morton

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 311 PAGES

An introduction to Japanese history, people and culture from ancient origins to contemporary society. With selections from Japanese literature and arts, anecdotes and illustrations. (JPN03, $21.00)

Kyoto, A Cultural History

Kyoto, A Cultural History


by John Dougill

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A rich portrait and guide to the gardens, monasteries, art, history and culture of Kyoto, once Japan's capital, founded 1,200-years ago. (JPN178, $19.99)

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 Little Book of Japan

The Little Book of Japan


by Charlotte Anderson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Veteran Japanophiles Vilhar and Anderson produced this illuminating collection of 44 essays on Japanese life and culture, which, even in the 21st century remains elusive and poorly understood. (JPN443, $16.95)

Hiroshige, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo


by Melanie Trede | Lorenz Bichler

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

A sumptuous, large format edition of the 19th-century ukiyo-e masterpiece, a series of lively woodblock prints of bustling Edo, now known as Tokyo, reproduced from the rare complete set at the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo. (JPN330, $39.99)

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)

Japanese Design, Art, Aesthetics & Culture

Japanese Design, Art, Aesthetics & Culture


by Patricia J. Graham

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES
  • COMING IN SEPTEMBER

In this handbook to Japanese aesthetics and design principles, Asian art expert Patricia Graham focuses on ten elements of Japanese design. She clues readers in to the allure of Japanese culture with explanatory text and more than 160 color photos. (JPN458, $24.95)

Japanese Garden Design

Japanese Garden Design


by Marc P. Keane | Haruzo Ohashi

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

This illustrated introduction to Japanese gardens illuminates social, religious and historical concepts that shape garden aesthetics. With chapters on Japanese garden origins, gardens of Heian aristocrats, tea gardens and Zen Buddhist gardening. (JPN52, $30.00)

Living in Japan

Living in Japan


by Reto Guntli

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 200 PAGES

One in a series of illustrated guides, focusing on design and the multifaceted landscape of Japanese living today, by the art publisher Taschen. (JPN433, $14.99)

The Art of Setting Stones & Other Writings from the Japanese Garden

The Art of Setting Stones & Other Writings from the Japanese Garden


by Marc P. Keane

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

In these lyrical essays, Kyoto resident and landscape architect Marc Peter Keane uses eight Japanese gardens as bases for essays on nature, religion and aesthetics. His rich, meditative excursions find beauty in garden composition - every element gaining importance and interconnectedness. (JPN124, $16.95)

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)

Botchan

Botchan


by Soseki Natsume

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A Japanese literary classic that is still read today by Japanese adults and students alike. Botchan, a young teacher from Tokyo, takes a post in Maysuyama on the island of Shikoku, beginning a quest for love and understanding. Soseki Natsume is considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history. (JPN442, $11.95)

Lafcadio Hearn's Japan

Lafcadio Hearn's Japan


by Lafcadio Hearn | Donald Richie

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An astute sampling of the 19th-century teacher and translator's stories, letters and reflections on Japan and it people as selected by Donal Richie, who provides the preface and introduction. Heard died in Tokyo in 1904. (JPN50, $16.95)

South of the Border, West of the Sun

South of the Border, West of the Sun


by Haruki Murakami

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Murakami stirs jazz, neon-lit streets, out of the way shrines, hustle and bustle and wonder into this lyrical tale of love in contemporary Tokyo. (JPN213, $14.95)

The Iris Fan, A Novel of Feudal Japan

The Iris Fan, A Novel of Feudal Japan


by Laura Joh Rowland

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

Balancing a disintegrating marriage, the assassination of the shogun and the prospect of permanent retirement, Sano Ichiro must solve the most difficult case of his career. Last in a series. (JPN457, $25.99)

The Makioka Sisters

The Makioka Sisters


by Tanizaki Junichiro

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 530 PAGES

The story of a merchant family in prewar Osaka and the struggle of four beautiful sisters to maintain their position in society after the death of their parents, also made into a delightful film by Ichikawa. (JPN41, $16.00)

The Samurai

The Samurai


by Shusaku Endo

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This historical novel by one of Japan's best-known modern writers is set in the world of the 17th-century Samurai. A Roman Catholic, Endo explored Christianity and morals in his many novels and stories. (JPN157, $16.95)

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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