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Hiker's Journey to Shikoku

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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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

Japan, A Traveler's Literary Companion

JPN187
Jeffrey Angles (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2006
256
1883513162
PAPER
Anthology
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
This geographically-organized anthology introduces both Japan and its best contemporary writers.
$14.95

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

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

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
9/15/2017
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

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

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

A Sense of Direction, Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful

TVL550
Gideon Lewis-Kraus
Riverhead Books
2013
374
1594631492
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Irreverent, moving, hilarious and thought-provoking, Lewis-Kraus's riff on the transformative power of travel includes three pilgrimages: the ancient Camino de Santiago, a solo circuit of the Buddhist temples on the island of Shikoku in Japan and a Hasidic pilgrimage through the Ukraine.
$16.00

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

Tales of a Summer Henro

JPN439
Craig McLachlan
Lightning Source
2013
252
1492207888
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
McLachlan recounts his travels around Shikoku in 1995 in the footsteps of Buddhist saint Kobo Daishi.
$18.00

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

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

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

More Books

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

The Makioka Sisters

JPN41
Tanizaki Junichiro
Vintage Books
1995
530
0679761640
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

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

Embracing Defeat, Japan in the Wake of WWII

JPN54
John W. Dower
W. W. Norton & Company
2000
676
0393320278
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.95

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

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

Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches

JPN91
Nobuyuki Yuasa (Translator), Basho Matsuo
Penguin
1967
178
0140441859
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

Untangling My Chopsticks, A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto

JPN135
Victoria Abbott Riccardi
Broadway Books
2004
304
076790852X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this beguiling memoir, Riccardi writes with verve of cultural encounters, bewilderment and discovery in Kyoto. If you've ever parted the drapes of a Japanese restaurant to face a room full of people and blank stares, you'll really appreciate the book. With 25 recipes for traditional and less traditional Japanese dishes.
$19.00

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

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

JPN264
Shimba Tadao
Yale University Press
2008
512
0300135564
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$44.00

Everyday Life in Traditional Japan

JPN331
Charles J. Dunn
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2008
208
4805310057
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This detailed evocation of traditional Edo Japan portrays all walks of life -- samurai, farmers, courtiers, priests, outcasts and merchants -- with hundreds of marvelous black and white illustrations.
$16.95

Ways of Forgetting, Japan in the Modern World

JPN417
John W. Dower
New Press
2014
324
1595589376
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Dower (Embracing Defeat) takes a probing look at key moments in the relationship between Japan and the United States in the 20th century, focusing on Japanese perceptions of our tangled history.
$19.95

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

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

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

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

The Demon in the Teahouse

JPN274
Dorothy Hoobler
Puffin
2005
192
014240540X
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Samurai's apprentice Seikei must uncover the mystery behind the murders of local geishas and a series of suspicious fires in this historical mystery for young adults.
$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

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Samurai!

JPN381
Fiona MacDonald
Franklin Watts
2009
32
0531205169
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The hilarious illustrations and light-hearted tone, helpful hints and glossary in this popular series for ages 7-10 will entice even reluctant readers.
$9.95

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