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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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In Praise of Shadows

JPN19
Junichiro Tanizaki
Gardners Books
2010
73
0099283573
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This extended essay by the great Japanese novelist, first published in 1933, offers tremendous insight into traditional Japanese art, architecture and design.
$16.00

A Concise History of Japan

JPN462
Brett L. Walker
Cambridge University Press
2015
280
052117872X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A probing history that traces Japan from its earliest archaeological remains through its ascent from the ashes of WWII. Walker reassesses Japan in light of key themes, especially his area of expertise: climate change.
$30.99

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

Japan's Cuisines

JPN490
Eric C. Rath
Reaktion Books
2016
304
1780236433
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
This illustrated overview charts the transformation of Japanese cuisine over the ages, revealing the influences of private and public institutions, exploring the rise of tea and showing how lunch became a gourmet meal.
$45.00

A Traveller's History of Japan

JPN09
Richard Tames
Interlink Publishing Group
2008
256
1566564042
PAPER
History
3/1/2018 12:00:00 AM
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

Hiroshima

JPN20
John Hersey
Vintage Books
1989
152
0679721037
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This classic book, first published in 1946, has been hailed as the greatest piece of journalism in the 20th century. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Hersey puts a human face on the Hiroshima tragedy through interviews with survivors.
$7.95

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

Japanese Culture

JPN84
Paul Varley
University of Hawaii Press
2000
383
0824821521
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Varley traces cultural trends from the emergence of Japanese civilization through the present age, touching on religion, gardens, the tea ceremony, the visual arts, theatre, literature and cinema.
$25.00

Kyoto Gardens, Masterworks of the Japanese Gardener's Art

JPN467
Judith Clancy, Ben Simmons (Photographer)
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2015
144
4805313218
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A photographic journey through the high art of Japanese garden design in thirty Kyoto gardens. The beautifully manicured designs range from extreme minimalism to the verdant and the voluptuous. Clancy explores the historic, aesthetic and cultural context of each.
$22.95

Seeing Kyoto

JPN180
Juliet Winters Carpenter, Sen Soshitsu (Introduction)
Kodansha America
2012
96
156836444X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In this oversized visual celebration of Kyoto and neighboring Nara, long-time resident Carpenter presents the cobblestone streets, temples, gardens, history and traditions of the ancient capital.
$35.00

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

Tokyo, A Cultural History

JPN372
Stephen Mansfield
Oxford University Press
2009
268
0195386337
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A literary, cultural guide to the art, architecture, traditions and history of Tokyo.
$19.95

Japanese Design, Art, Aesthetics & Culture

JPN458
Patricia J. Graham
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2014
160
4805312505
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
In this handbook to Japanese aesthetics and design principles, Asian art expert Patricia Graham focuses on 10 elements of Japanese design. She clues readers in to the allure of Japanese culture with explanatory text and more than 160 color photos.
$24.95

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

36 Views of Mount Fuji, On Finding Myself in Japan

JPN65
Cathy Davidson
Duke
2006
288
0822339137
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A thoughtful set of witty reflections on Japan, Japanese culture and the adventure of living overseas by a talented writer who taught at an all-women's university in Japan in the 1980s.
$25.95

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

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

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

JPN460
Marie Mutsuki Mockett
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
336
0393352293
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
When her American father passes away, Mockett seeks consolation in her mother’s home country of Japan. She visits a radiation zone, a Buddhist school, temples and festivals in an effort to understand the Japanese way of grieving, to bury her dead and find healing.
$16.95

Botchan

JPN442
Soseki Natsume
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2013
192
4805312637
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$11.95

Japan, Through Writer's Eyes

JPN351
Elizabeth Ingrams (Editor)
Sickle Moon
2008
304
1906011087
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
These tales by both Japanese writers and visitors, including Pico Iyer, Junichiro Tanizaki and Jan Morris, illuminate the history and culture of Japan.
$35.00

Memoirs of a Geisha, A Novel

JPN45
Arthur Golden
Vintage Books
1999
434
0679781587
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The runaway best-selling novel about a geisha in the celebrated Gion district of Kyoto. A major feat of literary impersonation, the novel is rich in period detail and ceremony.
$16.00

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

More Books

Fodor's Tokyo's 25 Best

JPN05
Fodor's Guides
Fodor's
2015
128
110187936X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A shirt-pocket map and practical guide.
$13.99

The Lady and the Monk, Four Seasons in Kyoto

JPN32
Pico Iyer
Vintage Books
1992
337
0679738347
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Deeply romanticized, this short novel is nonetheless redolent in the places, sights and sounds of modern day Kyoto. Iyer writes with infectious charm the story of a young American man and his affair with a bored Japanese married woman.
$16.00

Tokyo, A View of the City

JPN90
Donald Richie
Reaktion Books
1999
142
1861890346
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$25.00

The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan

JPN138
Christopher Benfey
Random House
2004
352
0375754555
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The fascinating tale of a tightly-knit group of late Victorian travelers, scientists and adventurers dedicated to the idea of Japan.
$16.00

Black Arrow

JPN201
I. J. Parker
Penguin Putnam
2006
352
0143035614
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Detective Akitada must solve a series of brutal slayings in the northern city of Echigo.
$15.00

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 Hell Screen

JPN327
I. J. Parker
Penguin Putnam
2008
352
0143035622
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Suguwara Akitada returns in another mystery of 11th-century Japan, with rich ambiance and superb historical detail. This time, a murder in a temple catches Akitada unprepared.
$16.00

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

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

JPN389
Yukio Mishima
Vintage Books
1994
262
0679752706
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

The Last Samurai

JPN436
Mark Ravina
John Wiley & Sons Inc.
2005
265
0471705373
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Mark Ravina explores the facts behind Hollywood storytelling and Japanese legends, and explains the passion and poignancy of Saigo Takamori's life.
$18.95

Tokyo, 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City

JPN452
Viction Workshop
Gingko Press
2014
132
9881222761
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.95

Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life During the Age of the Shoguns

JPN463
Constantine Nomikos Vaporis
Perseus
2013
296
0813349001
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Covering the early 16th century up to the mid-19th century, this series of primary documents charts Japanese history from Tokugawa Ieyasu to the overthrow of the shogunate.
$40.00

Japanese Art and Design

JPN469
Greg Irvine
Harry N. Abrams
2015
240
1851778551
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Drawing on the unparalleled collection at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, this monograph showcases outstanding examples of Japanese art, from the Samurai and Edo periods to contemporary manga. Its 10 chapters focus on subjects like the tea ceremony and the effects of Western trade and Zen Buddhism on Japanese art.
$45.00

Walking the Kiso Road: A Modern-Day Exploration of Old Japan

JPN480
William Scott Wilson
Shambhala
2015
288
1611801257
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
William Scott Wilson travels along the ancient Kiso Road, historically used by samurai and warlords and relatively unchanged today. As he makes his way, Wilson engagingly ruminates on Japanese history, culture and folklore.
$16.95

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

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

Now and Zen

JPN205
Linda Gerber
Puffin
2006
224
0142406570
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
In the seventh book in the Students Across the Seven Seas series, Nori studies in Japan to rediscover her Japanese heritage, but winds up posing as a local to impress a cute German student.
$7.99

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