Download E-books Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: A Novel (Vintage International) PDF

By Haruki Murakami

During this hyperkinetic and relentlessly creative novel, Japan’s most well-liked (and arguable) fiction author hurtles into the cognizance of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the tip of the realm draws readers right into a narrative particle accelerator within which a split-brained information processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and numerous thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to amazing impact. What emerges is at the same time cooler than 0 and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously humorous and deeply severe meditation at the nature and makes use of of the brain.

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Download E-books The Japan Journals: 1947-2004 PDF

By Donald Richie, Leza Lowitz

"Richie might be precise a dwelling nationwide treasure."-Library Journal

"Wonderfully evocative and whole of humor... sincere, introspective, and sometimes poignant."-New York Times

"No one has written with extra focus in regards to the ordinary caliber of exile loved through the gaijin, the foreigner in Japan."-London evaluation of Books

"To learn [The Donald Richie Reader and The Japan Journals] is like diving for pearls. Dip into any a part of them and you'll definitely locate treasures in regards to the cinema, literature, touring, writing. The passages are evocative, erotic, playful, and infrequently profound."-Japanese Language and Literature

Donald Richie has been watching and writing approximately Japan from the instant he arrived on New Year's Eve, 1946. Detailing his lifestyles, his fans, and his principles on concerns low and high, The Japan Journals is a checklist of either a state and an evolving expatriate sensibility. As Japan modernizes and because the writer a long time, the tone grows elegiac, and The Japan Journals-now in paperback after the severely acclaimed hardcover edition-becomes a bittersweet chronicle of a classy existence good lived and captivatingly told.

Donald Richie, the eminent movie historian, novelist, and essayist, nonetheless lives in Tokyo.

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Download E-books Fodor's Japan (Full-color Travel Guide) PDF

In 2015 Japan turns into the eleventh preferred vacation spot for US tourists. Over 1000000 americans stopover at every year to event this land of beautiful good looks, and up to date fluctuations within the yen have made it extra of a reasonable vacation spot than ever. In gorgeous complete colour, Fodor's Japan illustrates the country's everlasting attracts, from old temples and gardens and the planned velocity of the tea rite, to the dizzying, frenetic pulse of its high-tech towns.

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Download E-books Four Pairs of Boots: A 3,200 Kilometre Hike The Length of Japan PDF

Japan is an engaging state! one hundred twenty five million humans in a rustic in basic terms just a little greater than New Zealand, and simply as mountainous. now we have all obvious the television photos - cramped housing, commercial haze and crowded trains - yet what approximately 'the genuine Japan'? staggering mountains, twisting rivers, hidden harbours and rugged coastlines. this can be the tale of Craig McLachlan's ninety nine day stroll from one finish to the opposite looking for 'the genuine Japan'. 1993 - what a yr to do it! The yr of the never-ending wet season! The yr with out a summer season! The yr of earhtquakes, tsunami and typhoons - and sore ft! this can be certainly one of 5 books to be had on Amazon approximately McLachlan's a number of adventures in Japan. He has additionally climbed Japan's a hundred well-known Mountains in checklist time (78 days!), hiked the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage, journeyed round the Saigoku 33 Temples of Kannon Pilgrimage, and trekked from the ocean of Japan to the Pacific Ocean mountain climbing all Japan's 3,000-meter peaks alongside the best way. See www.craigmclachlan.com.

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Download E-books The Lost Wolves of Japan (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books) PDF

By Brett L. Walker

Many eastern as soon as respected the wolf as Oguchi no Magami, or Large-Mouthed natural God, yet as Japan started its glossy transformation wolves misplaced their otherworldly prestige and have become noxious animals that had to be killed. by way of 1905 they'd disappeared from the rustic. during this lively and soaking up narrative, Brett Walker takes a deep examine the medical, cultural, and environmental dimensions of wolf extinction in Japan and tracks altering attitudes towards nature via Japan's lengthy history.

Grain farmers as soon as worshiped wolves at shrines and left foodstuff choices close to their dens, beseeching the elusive dogs to guard their plants from the pointy hooves and voracious appetites of untamed boars and deer. Talismans and charms decorated with photographs of wolves protected from hearth, illness, and different calamities and taken fertility to agrarian groups and to hoping to have young children. The Ainu humans believed that they have been born from the union of a wolflike creature and a goddess.

In the eighteenth century, wolves have been visible as rabid man-killers in lots of components of Japan. hugely ritualized wolf hunts have been instigated to cleanse the panorama of what many regarded as demons. by means of the 19th century, notwithstanding, the destruction of wolves had develop into decidedly unceremonious, as noticeable at the island of Hokkaido. via poisoning, employed hunters, and a bounty method, one of many archipelago's greatest carnivores used to be systematically erased.

The tale of wolf extinction exposes the bottom of Japan's modernization. sure wolf scientists nonetheless camp out in Japan to hear for any hint of the elusive dogs. The quiet they event reminds us of the profound silence that awaits all humanity while, because the jap priest Kenko taught virtually seven centuries in the past, we "look on fellow sentient creatures with out feeling compassion."

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Download E-books The Moé Manifesto: An Insider's Look at the Worlds of Manga, Anime, and Gaming PDF

By Patrick W. Galbraith

MOE is a giant cultural phenomenon and one of many using forces at the back of the big good fortune of eastern anime and manga—not simply in Japan now, yet during the world.

In Japan, avid enthusiasts of manga comics, anime movies and videogames use the time period MOE to consult the powerful feel of emotional attachment they believe for his or her favourite characters. those lovers have a strong wish to defend and nurture the younger, attractive and blameless characters they adore—like Sagisawa Moe in Dinosaur Planet and Tomoe Hotaru in Sailor Moon. they convey their very own web pages, characters, tales, chat groups, toys and video games dependent round the unique manga and anime roles.

Author Patrick Galbraith is the world's stated specialist on MOE and a journalist dependent in Tokyo. For this e-book, he interviewed twenty very important figures on the planet of eastern manga and anime to achieve their insights at the MOE phenomenon. those interviews supply us with the 1st in-depth survey of this topic. Galbraith uncovers how MOE is influencing a whole iteration of manga artists and readers. For these new to anime, manga, and adolescence tradition in Japan, he discusses what constitutes the proper MOE dating and why a few enthusiasts are even decided to marry their fictional sweethearts. He unearths key moments within the improvement of MOE, and present and destiny tendencies within the unfold of MOE works and characters from Japan to different components of the world.

The Moe Manifesto presents an insider's examine the earliest MOE characters reminiscent of Ayame by means of Tezuka Osamu. The ebook has over a hundred illustrations of the main recognized MOE characters, many in colour, and it's guaranteed to pride manga and anime lovers of all ages.

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Download E-books The Nobility of Failure PDF

By Ivan Morris

Lengthy famous as a center e-book in any examine of jap tradition and literature, The the Aristocracy of Failure examines the lives and deaths of 9 ancient people who confronted overwhelming odds, and, understanding they have been doomed, authorized their fate--to be killed in conflict or through execution, to wither in exile, or to flee via ritual suicide. Morris then turns his realization to the kamikaze pilots of worldwide struggle II, who gave their lives in safety in their state within the complete awareness that their deaths may have little influence at the process the warfare. via element, crystal-clear prose and unequalled narrative sweep and brilliance, Professor Morris takes you into the innermost hearts of the japanese humans.

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Download E-books Popular Hits of the Showa Era: A Novel PDF

From the writer of Audition, a wickedly satirical and wildly humorous story of an intergenerational conflict of the sexes.

In his such a lot irreverent novel but, Ryu Murakami creates a contention of epic proportions among six aimless youths and 6 tough-as-nails ladies who conflict for regulate of a Tokyo local. on the outset, the younger males appear louche yet innocuous, their actions restricted to ingesting, snacking, peering at a unadorned neighbor via a window, and appearing karaoke. The six "aunties" are fiercely autonomous occupation girls. while one of many boys executes a deadly ambush of 1 of the ladies, chaos ensues. the ladies band jointly to discover the killer and particular revenge. In flip, the lads buckle down, learn physics, and plot to take out their nemeses in one blast. Who knew lethal "gang warfare" can be such enjoyable? Murakami builds the clash right into a hilarious, spot-on satire of contemporary tradition and the tensions among the sexes and generations.

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Download E-books Japanese working class lives: an ethnographic study of factory workers PDF

By James E.Roberson

This ethnographic research examines the lives of eastern employees in small organisations and research their reports of operating existence, rest and schooling. This special case learn of the Shintani Metals corporation illustrates the ways that staff lives expand past their work.
Japanese operating type Lives offers a worthwhile substitute view of operating existence outdoor the massive organisations. Roberson demonstrates that the japanese operating type is extra different than Western stereotypes of be-suited salary-men could recommend.

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