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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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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

Japan Bilingual Map

JPN209
Kodansha International
Kodansha America
2012
1568365071
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This full-color double-sided map includes the entirety of Japan at a scale of 1:500,000, as well as individual maps of Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya and Fuji-Hakone.
$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
1
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

Are We There Yet?

JPN398
Peter Matthiessen
Counterpoint
2010
158
1582436304
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A new edition of Matthiessen's travels to Japan to visit the great Zen masters.
$29.95

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

Japan, A Reinterpretation

JPN16
Patrick Smith
Pantheon Books
1998
400
0679745114
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A thoughtful, stimulating look at the country since World War II, targeting the role of the U.S. in creating modern Japan. Highly recommended.
$17.00

Japanese Buddhism, A Cultural History

JPN237
Yoshiro Tamura
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2001
232
4333016843
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
1
A succinct history of Buddhism as it interacts with Japanese culture. From one of Japan's leading scholars of Buddhism.
$14.95

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

Unsui, A Diary of Zen Monastic Life

JPN145
Giei Sato
University of Hawaii Press
1973
142
0824802721
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The daily life of the monastery as depicted in 97 watercolor sketches. Giei Sato looks back at his time as an apprentice with warmth and grace.
$22.00

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

The Roads to Sata, A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan

JPN11
Alan Booth
Kodansha America
1997
281
1568361874
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A revealing, humorous account of the author's 2,000-mile walk north to south from Hokkaido to Kyushu by a wonderfully eccentric British expatriate. Booth is a disarming writer, chronicling his encounters along the byways of rural Japan with farmers, misfits, tramps and others who crossed his path.
$16.00

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

JPN94
Isabella Bird
Dover Publications
2005
336
0486445151
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Bird's narrative of her travels in Japan in 1878, just after the country re-opened its doors to the world. She spent little time on the cities, heading straight out to meet the peasants in their fields.
$14.95

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 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

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

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
1
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

Are We There Yet?

JPN398
Peter Matthiessen
Counterpoint
2010
158
1582436304
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A new edition of Matthiessen's travels to Japan to visit the great Zen masters.
$29.95

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

Japan, A Reinterpretation

JPN16
Patrick Smith
Pantheon Books
1998
400
0679745114
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A thoughtful, stimulating look at the country since World War II, targeting the role of the U.S. in creating modern Japan. Highly recommended.
$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

Unsui, A Diary of Zen Monastic Life

JPN145
Giei Sato
University of Hawaii Press
1973
142
0824802721
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The daily life of the monastery as depicted in 97 watercolor sketches. Giei Sato looks back at his time as an apprentice with warmth and grace.
$22.00

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

The Roads to Sata, A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan

JPN11
Alan Booth
Kodansha America
1997
281
1568361874
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A revealing, humorous account of the author's 2,000-mile walk north to south from Hokkaido to Kyushu by a wonderfully eccentric British expatriate. Booth is a disarming writer, chronicling his encounters along the byways of rural Japan with farmers, misfits, tramps and others who crossed his path.
$16.00

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

JPN94
Isabella Bird
Dover Publications
2005
336
0486445151
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Bird's narrative of her travels in Japan in 1878, just after the country re-opened its doors to the world. She spent little time on the cities, heading straight out to meet the peasants in their fields.
$14.95

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 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

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