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Essence of Japan

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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The Inland Sea

JPN13
Donald Richie
Stone Bridge
2015
288
1611720249
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Richie's masterpiece, more than a travel account, is a beautiful reflection on all things Japanese by one of its most acute observers.
$18.95

Bending Adversity, Japan and the Art of Survival

JPN441
David Pilling
Penguin Putnam
2015
416
0143126954
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Financial Times Asia editor 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.
$18.00

Eyewitness Guide Japan

JPN130
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
408
1465457194
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Dazzling illustrations, architectural cutaways and color photographs, along with useful local maps, give this guide to Japan's many attractions a distinct edge.
$28.00

Japan Map

JPN06
Reise Know How
Reise Know How
2015
2
3831772916
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A handsome, detailed map of Japan at a scale of 1:1,200,000.
$14.95

Culture Smart! Japan

JPN269
Paul Norbury
Kuperard
2017
168
185733860X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, this is a helpful travel tool for visitors to Japan.
$11.95

Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook

JPN136
Yoshi Abe
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
272
1786574497
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

A Traveller's History of Japan

JPN09
Richard Tames
Interlink Publishing Group
2008
256
1566564042
PAPER
History
3/1/2018
0
0
0
0
A lively and concise narrative history of Japan and its transformation from Shinto, Shogun and Samurai traditions to 20th-century powerhouse.
$14.95

Bending Adversity, Japan and the Art of Survival

JPN441
David Pilling
Penguin Putnam
2015
416
0143126954
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Financial Times Asia editor 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.
$18.00

Inventing Japan, 1853-1964

JPN139
Ian Buruma
Modern Library
2004
194
0812972864
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Kyoto, A Cultural History

JPN178
John Dougill
Oxford University Press
2007
256
0195301382
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A rich portrait and guide to the gardens, monasteries, art, history and culture of Kyoto, once Japan's capital, founded 1,200-years ago.
$23.75

The Book of Tea

JPN21
Kakuzo Okakura
Stone Bridge
2006
116
1933330171
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.95

The Little Book of Japan

JPN443
Charlotte Anderson, Gorazd Vilhar
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2013
192
4805312130
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Living in Japan

JPN433
Reto Guntli (Photographer)
Taschen
2013
200
3836535009
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
One in a series of illustrated guides, focusing on design and the multifaceted landscape of Japanese living today, by the art publisher Taschen.
$14.99

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

JPN124
Marc P. Keane
Stone Bridge
2002
196
1880656701
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Learning to Bow, Inside the Heart of Japan

JPN111
Bruce Feiler
HarperCollins Publishers
2004
321
0060577207
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.99

Lafcadio Hearn's Japan

JPN50
Lafcadio Hearn, Donald Richie (Editor)
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2007
256
4805308737
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

South of the Border, West of the Sun

JPN213
Haruki Murakami
Vintage Books
2000
224
0679767398
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

The Samurai

JPN157
Shusaku Endo
New Directions Publishing Corporation
1997
272
0811213463
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Thousand Cranes

JPN34
Yasunari Kawabata, Edward G. Seidensticker (Translator)
Random House
1996
147
0679762655
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

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

JPN332
Mark Brazil
Princeton University Press
2009
520
0691139261
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$39.95

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Japan, Its History and Culture

JPN03
W. Scott Morton
McGraw-Hill
2004
311
0071412808
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An introduction to Japanese history, people and culture from ancient origins to contemporary society. With selections from Japanese literature and arts, anecdotes and illustrations.
$22.00

For Kids

Buddha Stories

ASA16
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1997
32
0805048863
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Intended for ages 4 to 8, this book tells 10 of the author's favorite "jakatas," or moral tales of the Buddha. She has sumptuously illustrated the volume in gold printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text).
$25.99

Japanese Tales

JPN95
Royall Tyler
Pantheon Books
2002
340
0394756568
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A fine collection of Japanese tales throughout the ages.
$19.95

The Big Wave

JPN96
Pearl Buck
HarperCollins
1986
57
0064401715
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Pearl S. Buck's children's classic, in which a Japanese boy escapes a tidal wave that destroys the rest of his village. Ages 9-12.
$6.99

Grass Sandals, The Travels of Basho

JPN97
Dawnine Spivak, Demi (Illustrator)
Atheneum
2009
40
1442409363
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A beautiful picture book based on the travel journals of the haiku poet Basho. The story communicates the simplicity of Basho's life and much of the ethos of daily life in old Japan.
$18.99

Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun

JPN98
Rhoda Blumberg
HarperCollins
2003
144
0060086254
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This Newberry Honor Book offers a nonfiction account of Matthew Perry's pivotal expedition to 1850s Japan, written for ages 9 to 12.
$9.99

One Day in Japan with Hokusai

JPN103
Christopher Wynne, Julia Altmann
Prestel
2001
30
3791324861
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Hokusai, an old man when this story unfolds, tells his grandkids about his life as an artist.
$14.95

Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy

JPN104
Rhoda Blumberg
HarperCollins
2003
80
068817485X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The fascinating life story of Manjiro, a boy from Nakahama who was rescued from death by an American whaling crew and in 1843 became the first Japanese person to enter the United States.
$8.99

The Old Man Mad About Drawing, A Tale of Hokusai

JPN134
Francois Place
David R. Godine
2004
108
1567922600
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Exuberant watercolors decorate and illuminate every page in this lovely tale of young orphan Tojiro and his apprenticeship to the master engraver -- a vibrant introduction to the art and daily life of late 19th-century Japan.
$19.95

The Master Puppeteer

JPN183
Katherine Paterson
HarperCollins
1989
192
0064402819
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Set in samurai-era Osaka, this National Book Award-winning novel tells the story of a young apprentice puppetmaker and his hero, a bandit who steals rice from the rich to feed the poor. The book is jammed with adventure, danger, and details about 18th century Japan and Japanese theatre.
$6.99

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

JPN184
Dorothy Hoobler
Aladdin Books
2005
0142405418
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A mystery set in Tokugawa-period Japan, in which a teenage boy investigates a robbery and learns much about the ways of samurai. The authors include lots of detail about the historical period, and the mystery is quite gripping. Geared for ages 9-12.
$6.99

The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice

JPN212
Allen Say
Houghton Mifflin Company
2006
160
0618216138
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Living on his own in post-war Japan, a determined young boy from an aristocratic family apprentices himself to one of Japan's foremost cartoonists in this autobiographical novel by the Caldecott Medalist of Grandfather's Journey.
$7.99

Asian Children's Favorite Stories

ASA56
Patrick Yee (Illustrator), Liana Romulo, Joan Suyenaga, Kay Lyons
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2006
112
0804836698
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Subtitled "A treasury of folktales from China, Japan, Korea, India, The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia," this is a wonderful collection of 13 traditional stories.
$24.95

One Leaf Rides the Wind

JPN250
Celeste Mannis, Susan Kathleen Hartung (Illustrator)
Puffin
2005
32
0142401951
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A Japanese girl explores a garden in this collection of beautiful haiku, with additional information included explaining the meanings of various elements in the poems. Simple illustrations capture the atmosphere of the garden and poetry.
$6.99

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

JPN271
Eleanor Coerr
Puffin
2004
80
0142401137
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A powerful tale, based on a true story, of a young Japanese track star confronting her own mortality.
$6.99

The Sword That Cut the Burning Grass, A Samurai Mystery

JPN273
Dorothy Hoobler
Puffin
2006
224
0142406899
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
The Hoobler's teenage hero, 18th-century samurai's apprentice Seikei, is sent on a mission to find the missing emperor in this exciting historical mystery.
$6.99

Across the Nightingale Floor

JPN275
Lian Hearn
Riverhead Books
2007
320
1573223328
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Part one in the epic Otori series of adventure novels for young adults, set among the battles and warriors of feudal Japan.
$16.00

Life in Old Japan Coloring Book

JPN341
John Green
Dover Publications
2008
48
0486468836
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
This book's more than 40 illustrations, based largely on antique prints, feature Samurai warriors, a Shinto shrine and a tea ceremony. With fascinating facts about Japanese culture.
$4.99

Japanese Traditions: Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and Matsuri

JPN385
Willamarie Moore, Setsu Broderick
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2010
48
4805310898
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Coauthor and illustrator Broderick draws from her childhood spent in Japan to create this bright and charming depiction of year of festivities. Includes bright illustrations and simple games for the whole family.
$16.95

Heart of a Samurai

JPN416
Margi Preus
Harry N. Abrams
2010
320
0810989816
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Based on the true story of 14-year-old Manjiro Nakahama in the 1840s, this rollicking adventure on the high seas for ages 10 and up follows the young boy from his rescue for whalers to his time as the first Japanese person in the U.S. to his return home.
$18.95

Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers

JPN425
Gloria Whelan
Thomson Learning
2008
32
1585363529
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Whelan shows a young girl on the road between Tokyo and Kyoto for ages 6 to 9 in lush illustrations and captivating Haiku.
$17.95