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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

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.
$23.95

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

Lonely Planet Kyoto

JPN60
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
224
1742209955
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An excellent practical travel guide to Kyoto, covering history and culture, as well as its many temples, gardens and attractions. With day trips, 32 pages of maps and travel details, including chapters on Nara and Osaka.
$22.99

Kyoto/Japan West Map

JPN468
ITMB
ITMB
2015
1
1553412834
MAP
Reference
0
0
1
0
Perfect for pedestrians, this third-edition map of Kyoto includes insets of Nara and Osaka and is scaled to 1:12,500. The reverse depicts western Japan from Nagoya to Fukuoka at a scale of 1:670,000.
$11.95

Kyoto Machiya Restaurant Guide

JPN446
Judith Clancy
Stone Bridge
2012
261
161172001X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Travelers can enjoy healthy, delicious cuisine in traditional Kyoto townhomes (called machiya) by visiting one of the 140-plus restaurants recommended in this guide. Features maps, dining etiquette and architectural history.
$16.95

A Traveller's History of Japan

JPN09
Richard Tames
Interlink Publishing Group
2008
256
1566564042
PAPER
History
1/24/2018
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

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

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

Kyoto, Seven Paths to the Heart of the City

JPN119
Diana Durston, Katsuhiko Mizuno (Photographer)
Kodansha America
2014
67
1568365624
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An oversize, nicely illustrated walking guide to seven historic districts in the city. Includes 100 color photographs and 8 very helpful full-color maps. The neighborhood descriptions are augmented by Durston's notes on architecture, food, crafts and festivals.
$24.95

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 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

Zen and Japanese Culture

JPN338
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Princeton University Press
2010
478
0691144621
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Suzuki describes Zen, its ideas, origins and practice in simple, poetic language, conveying how the Zen emphasis on simplicity has shaped a Japanese aesthetic. A classic by the hugely influential Zen master, first published in 1959.
$24.95

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

A Year in Japan

JPN189
Kate T. Williamson
Princeton Architectural Press
2006
192
1568985401
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Williamson records her extended stay in Kyoto, its architecture, gardens, culture and traditions in 350 watercolor illustrations.
$24.95

Geisha, A Life

JPN131
Mineko Iwasaki
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2003
368
0743444299
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The memoir of a celebrated Geisha, rich in details of life in Kyoto's Gion Kobu district. Iwasaki was the chief source of information for Arthur Golden's best-selling "Memoirs of a Geisha."
$17.00

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

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

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

Japanese Inn

JPN39
Oliver Statler
University of Hawaii Press
1982
365
0824808185
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Life over four generations at a country inn. An impressionistic overview of traditional Japan solidly based on actual historic events. Illustrated with 50 Japanese prints.
$24.00

The Old Capital

JPN185
Yasunari Kawabata, J. Martin Holman (Translator)
Avalon Travel
2006
160
1593760329
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Kawabata captures perfectly the tension between tradition and new ways in postwar Japan in this lyrical novel set in Kyoto.
$16.95

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

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

More Books

A Lateral View, Essays on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan

JPN01
Donald Richie
Stone Bridge
1992
245
0962813745
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Insightful essays tackling the arts, society and culture of modern Japan by the reigning dean of critics.
$16.95

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

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

Japanese Art

JPN08
Joan Stanley-Baker
Thames & Hudson
2014
240
050020425X
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Concise, thoroughly illustrated and comprehensive, this handsome book in the "World of Art" series is a fine survey of Japanese art from the prehistoric period to modern Japan. With 167 illustrations.
$21.95

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

Anthology of Japanese Literature from the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century

JPN12
Donald Keene
Grove Press
1988
442
0802150586
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A classic first published in 1955, this book presents great Japanese literature over the ages.
$17.00

The Blue-Eyed Tarokaja, A Donald Keene Anthology

JPN15
Donald Keene
Columbia University Press
1996
290
0231103409
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Keene tackles Japanese music, language, society and literature in these insightful pieces.
$55.00

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

Confessions of a Mask

JPN18
Meredith Weatherby (Translator), Yukio Mishima
W. W. Norton & Company
1988
254
081120118X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An unsettling portrait of society in postwar Japan that tells of the coming of age of a complex, tragic figure who, among other things, struggles with his homosexuality. Mishimi is also the author of The Temple of the Golden Pavilion.
$15.95

Chrysanthemum and the Sword, Patterns of Japanese Culture

JPN23
Ruth Benedict, Ian Buruma (Introduction)
Mariner Books
2006
324
0395500753
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Published in the aftermath of World War II, this brilliant exploration of the Japanese psyche and culture retains its interest today, as much for its perspective on the West as for insights about the Japanese character.
$15.95

Old Kyoto, A Guide to Traditional Shops and Inns

JPN24
Diane Durston
Kodansha America
2013
248
1568365454
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Wonderful, elegant essays on carefully chosen shops, often in out-of-the-way neighborhoods.
$22.00

Turning Japanese, Memoirs of a Sansei

JPN44
David Mura
Grove Press
2005
376
0802142397
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The riveting, wonderfully observed tale of a thoroughly American Sansei (i.e. Japanese-American), born and raised in California, who heads to Japan with his American wife.
$14.00

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

Shogun

JPN47
James Clavell
Dell
2009
1152
0385343248
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Clavell's immensely popular story of an English adventurer in 17th century Japan.
$20.00

Geisha

JPN49
Liza Crihfield Dalby
University of California Press
2008
380
0520257898
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The observations of an American graduate student who apprenticed as a geisha, interpreting this intriguing role in traditional Japanese society.
$28.95

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

The Floating World

JPN57
James Michener, Howard A. Link
University of Hawaii Press
1990
453
0824808738
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Michener delves into the history of Japanese printmaking.
$32.00

An Artist in the Floating World

JPN58
Kazuo Ishiguro
Vintage Books
1989
206
0679722661
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
His second novel, Ishiguro weaves a tale of an aging artist in postwar Japan.
$16.00

The Way of Zen

JPN71
Alan Watts
Vintage Books
1999
236
0375705104
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A history and introduction to the practices of Zen, first published in the 1950s.
$16.00

Modern Japanese Literature

JPN72
Donald Keene (Editor)
Grove Press
1989
448
0802150950
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A sampling of Japanese literature from the 19th to the mid-20th.
$18.00

The Tale of Genji

JPN73
Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler (Translator)
Penguin Putnam
2006
319
0143039490
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
One of the most famous works of Japanese prose. This is the story of Genji, a romantic man in the Heian court, as written in the 11th-century by Lady Murasaki.
$17.00

Tale of the Heike

JPN75
Helen Craig McCullough (Translator)
Stanford University Press
1988
489
0804718032
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Japan's most famous war tale about the fall of the Taira (Heike) clan and the victory of the Minamoto (Genji) during the end of the 12th century.
$29.95

The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

JPN76
Shonagon Sei, Ivan Morris (Translator)
Penguin
2007
416
0140448063
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Exquisite short essays and vignettes of Japanese court life in the Heian period.
$18.00

The Japanese Today, Continuity and Change

JPN83
Edwin O. Reischauer, Marius Jansen
Harvard University Press
2004
459
0674471849
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A wide-ranging, engaging survey of Japanese culture and society by two prominent historians.
$34.00

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

The Making of Modern Japan

JPN88
Marius Jansen
Belknap Press
2002
871
0674009916
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An epic account of Japan and its transformation from feudal society to modern superpower.
$33.50

The Essential Haiku, Versions of Basho, Buson and Issa

JPN93
Robert Hass
Ecco Press
1994
329
0880013516
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A collection of haiku, tenderly translated, by three Japanese masters of the form. Edited by former Poet Laureate Robert Hass.
$16.99

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

Buddhist Art and Architecture

ASA30
Robert Fisher
Thames & Hudson
1993
216
0500202656
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A wide-ranging, illustrated survey of Buddhist art, architecture and iconography in the excellent World of Art series. It includes examples from throughout Asia.
$21.95

Architecture and Authority in Japan

JPN112
William H. Coaldrake
Routledge
1996
041510601X
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Japanese architecture and its relationship to political and religious power structures.
$64.95

National Geographic Japan

JPN120
Nicholas Bornoff
National Geographic
2013
398
1426208626
PAPER
Guidebook
4/15/2008
0
0
0
0
This guidebook to Japan features hundreds of photos, an array of full color maps, expert advice, and insider tips.
$27.95

The Japan Journals, 1947-2004

JPN141
Donald Richie, Leza Lowitz (Introduction)
Stone Bridge
2005
494
1880656973
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A collection of essays from the eminent film historian and observer of Japan.
$18.95

Pimsleur Quick & Simple Japanese

JPN175
Pimsleur Language Method
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2005
0743523512
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
Four audio CDs with eight 30-minute lessons in basic Japanese, covering elementary vocabulary and phrases used in travel and everyday situations.
$19.95

A Woman's Asia

ASA49
Marybeth Bond (Editor)
Traveler's Tales
2005
310
1932361197
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
These thirty-five personal, often hilarious accounts of women's adventures from China to Sri Lanka to Turkey to Bhutan, not only illuminating the everyday, oft-overlooked cultural practices of Asia, but also giving a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the female traveller.
$17.95

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

Frommer's EasyGuide to Tokyo and Kyoto

JPN369
Beth Reiber
Frommer's
2015
352
1628871660
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
EasyGuides are full of practical, easy-to-absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals.
$16.95

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

Tuttle Travel Pack, Kyoto and Nara Guide & Map

JPN476
Rob Goss
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2016
96
4805311797
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Written by award-winning author Rob Goss, this handy guide to two former Japanese capitals, Kyoto and Nara, is designed for travelers planning short visits.
$14.95

Wallpaper City Guide Kyoto

JPN453
Phaidon
Phaidon Press
2016
128
0714872709
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A stylish, thin guide to Kyoto with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.
$11.95

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

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

Once Upon a Time in Japan

JPN474
Juliet Carpenter (Translator), Roger Pulvers (Translator), Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2015
120
4805313595
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
First broadcast as a popular Japanese radio series, this collection of fairytales is geared for readers ages 8 to 11. Eight of Japan's oldest and most beloved tales mix people, animals and magical beings and impart traditional folk wisdom. Includes an audio CD.
$16.95