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    Embracing Defeat by John W Dower

    Drawing on a vast range of sources, from manga comics to MacArthur's report to Congress, this monumental new work by America's foremost historian of modern Japan traces the impact of defeat and reconstruction on every aspect of Japan's national life. Alongside the familiar story of economic resurgence, Dower examines how the nation as a whole reacted to the contradictory experiences of humiliation at the hands of a foreign power and liberation from the demands of a suicidal nationalism. The result is a titanic history, and a landmark book.

    The Rising Sun by John Toland

    John Toland was one of the most widely read military historians of the twentieth century. His many books include The Last 100 Days; Ships in the Sky; Battle: The Story of the Bulge; But Not in Shame; Adolf Hitler; and No Man’s Land . Originally from Wisconsin, he lived in Connecticut for many years with his wife.

    The Chrysanthemum and The Sword by Ruth Benedict

    The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture is an influential study of Japan by Ruth Benedict written at the invitation of the Office of War Information in order to understand and predict the behavior of the Japanese in World War II by reference to a series of contradictions in traditional culture.

    Hirohito and The Making Of Modern Japan by Herbert P Bix

    Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeIn this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, Herbert P. Bix offers the first complete, unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty-three-year reign ushered Japan into the modern world. Never before has the full life of this controversial figure been revealed with such clarity and vividness. Bix shows what it was like to be trained from birth for a lone position at the apex of the nation's political hierarchy and as a revered symbol of divine status. Influenced by an unusual combination of the Japanese imperial tradition and a modern scientific worldview, the young emperor gradually evolves into his preeminent role, aligning himself with the growing ultranationalist movement, perpetuating a cult of religious emperor worship, resisting attempts to curb his power, and all the while burnishing his image as a reluctant, passive monarch. Here we see Hirohito as he truly was: a man of strong will and real authority.Supported by a vast array of previously untapped primary documents, Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan is perhaps most illuminating in lifting the veil on the mythology surrounding the emperor's impact on the world stage. Focusing closely on Hirohito's interactions with his advisers and successive Japanese governments, Bix sheds new light on the causes of the China War in 1937 and the start of the Asia-Pacific War in 1941. And while conventional wisdom has had it that the nation's increasing foreign aggression was driven and maintained not by the emperor but by an elite group of Japanese militarists, the reality, as witnessed here, is quite different. Bix documents in detail the strong, decisive role Hirohito played in wartime operations, from the takeover of Manchuria in 1931 through the attack on Pearl Harbor and ultimately the fateful decision in 1945 to accede to an unconditional surrender. In fact, the emperor stubbornly prolonged the war effort and then used the horrifying bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, together with the Soviet entrance into the war, as his exit strategy from a no-win situation. From the moment of capitulation, we see how American and Japanese leaders moved to justify the retention of Hirohito as emperor by whitewashing his wartime role and reshaping the historical consciousness of the Japanese people. The key to this strategy was Hirohito's alliance with General MacArthur, who helped him maintain his stature and shed his militaristic image, while MacArthur used the emperor as a figurehead to assist him in converting Japan into a peaceful nation. Their partnership ensured that the emperor's image would loom large over the postwar years and later decades, as Japan began to make its way in the modern age and struggled -- as it still does -- to come to terms with its past.Until the very end of a career that embodied the conflicting aims of Japan's development as a nation, Hirohito remained preoccupied with politics and with his place in history. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan provides the definitive account of his rich life and legacy. Meticulously researched and utterly engaging, this book is proof that the history of twentieth-century Japan cannot be understood apart from the life of its most remarkable and enduring leader.

    The Great Wave by Christopher Benfey

    Christopher Benfey teaches literature at Mount Holyoke College, where he is co-director of the Weissman Center for Leadership. Benfey is the author of Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Others, The Double Life of Stephen Crane, and Degas in New Orleans. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons. From the Hardcover edition.

    First Into Nagasaki by George; Weller, Anthony Weller

    George Weller was a Pulitzer Prize--winning reporter who covered World War II across Europe, Africa, and Asia. At the war's end in September 1945, under General MacArthur's media blackout, correspondents were forbidden to enter both Nagasaki and Hiroshima. But instead of obediently staying with the press corps in northern Japan, Weller broke away. The intrepid newspaperman reached Nagasaki just weeks after the atomic bomb hit the city. Boldly presenting himself as a U.S. colonel to the Japanese military, Weller set out to explore the devastation.As Nagasaki's first outside observer, long before any American medical aid arrived, Weller witnessed the bomb's effects and wrote "the anatomy of radiated man." He interviewed doctors trying to cure those dying mysteriously from "Disease X." He typed far into every night, sending his forbidden dispatches back to MacArthur's censors, assuming their importance would make them unstoppable. He was wrong: the U.S. government censored every word, and the dispatches vanished from history.Weller also became the first to enter the nearby Allied POW camps. From hundreds of prisoners he gathered accounts of watching the atomic explosions bring an end to years of torture and merciless labor in Japanese mines. Their dramatic testimonies sum up one of the least-known chapters of the war--but those stories, too, were silenced.It is a powerful experience, more than 60 years later, to walk with Weller through the smoldering ruins of Nagasaki, or hear the sagas of prisoners who have just learned that their torment is over, and watch one of the era's most battle-experienced reporters trying to accurately and unsentimentally convey to the American people scenes unlike anything he--or anyone else--knew. Weller died in 2002, believing it all lost forever. Months later, his son found a fragile copy in a crate of moldy papers. This historic body of work has never been published.Along with reports from the brutal POW camps, a stirring saga of the worst of the Japanese "hellships" which carried U.S. prisoners into murder and even cannibalism, and a trove of Weller's unseen photos, First into Nagasaki provides a moving, unparalleled look at the bomb that killed more than 70,000 people and ended WWII. Amid current disputes over the controlled embedding of journalists in war zones and a government's right to keep secrets, it reminds us how such courageous rogue reporting is still essential to learning the truth.From the Hardcover edition.

    A Handbook Of Modern Japan by Ernest W Clement

    Arts Of Asia by Tuyet Nguyet

    Transactions Of the Asiatic Society Of Japan by Asiatic Society Of Japan

    Haiku by R H Blyth

    The Silent Traveller In Japan by Chiang Yee

    A Guide To Japanese Prints and Their Subject Matter by Basil Stewart

    The Hokusai Sketch-Books - Selections From the Manga by James A Michener

    The Art Of Arranging Flowers by Shozo Sato

    Meeting With Japan by Fosco Maraini

    Japanese Culture by Paul Varley

    Japanese Print by Hugo Munsterberg

    The Art Of Arranging Flowers, a Complete Guide To Japanese Ikebana by Shozo Sato

    A History Of Japan by George Sansom

    The Japanese Sword by Kanzan Sato

    Recipes by Time-Life Books

    Recipes by Time Life Books

Japan Books & Ephemera

    The World Of the Shining Prince by Morris, Ivan

    Ivan Morris studied Japanese language and culture at Harvard University while serving in the Intelligence Section of the U.S. Navy Reserves. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1951, he worked for the Far East Section of the BBC as well as for the Japan and Pacific departments of the British Foreign Office. He lived in Tokyo for several years, writing, lecturing, and teaching. In 1960 he joined what would later be renamed the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, where he served as department chair. He was elected a Fellow of St. Anthony’s College at Oxford in 1966. Morris published numerous books on Japanese history, literature, and politics and produced distinguished translations of classical and contemporary Japanese works. He died in 1976.

    Nara Buddhist Art by Kobayashi, Takeshi

    Japanese Mind by Christopher, Robert C



    The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936-1945 by TOLAND, John

    New York. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. Reprint (poosibly book club editions). Two volumes. 1181pp. Both volumes fine in price-clipped dustwrappers with one tiny chip at the crown of the first volume, and a slight tear at bottom of spine on second volume, both are near fine.



    Catalogue of Periodicals Written in European Languages and Published in Japan by Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai, Tokyo

    [Tokyo]: Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai, 1936. Paperback. Very Good. index, 51p. Wrapper. 22cm.



    Okoma. Roman japonais illustré par Félix Regamey d'après le texte de Takizava-Bakïn et les dessins de Chiguenoï by Regamey, Felix

    Paris: E. Plon & Cie, 1883. 83p., hardcover, boards mildly soiled and edgeworn, endpapers toned, "Japon" written in ink on spine; text in French. This edition of the illustrated novel by Takizawa Bakin has black and white illustrations, rather than color.



    THE GREEDY ONE by Martin, Patricia Miles, Illustrated by Kazue Mizumura

    Chicago: Rand McNally, 1964 Hard Cover. First Edition. 64 pages, reinforced cloth. Story about Boys' Day in Japan & about Japanese family & community life. NEAR FINE in Very Good chipped & moderately worn dustjacket..



    Exploring Japanese Books and Scrolls by Franklin, Colin

    San Francisco & Mountain View: designed by Jonathan Clark at the Artichoke Press for The Book Club of California, 1999. Hardcover. xi, 156p., 10.5x14.25 inches, decorative endpapers, color frontis, introduction, index, 93 plates and maps, fine first edition limited to 450 copies bound in half blue silk cloth over color pictorial boards and paper title label on spine in fine decorative slipcase. Publication no. 211.



    The Doshisha by [Photo Album] Doshisha Daigaku, Kyoto

    [Kyoto?], 1930. Paperback. Very Good. 15 professional photos tipped in along top one to a page on one side of the 15 album leaves. Photos generally about 15 x 10cm. Brief printed captions in most of the photos. Tied oblong black softcover album (which is edge-worn but otherwise sound). 26 x 18cm. No publication information present but this appears to have been published by Doshisha University.



    Japanese costume by Gunsaulus, Helen C

    Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, 1923. 28p., edgeworn wraps, B&W illustrations. Leaflet No. 12.



    These Splendored Isles: The Scenic Beauty of Japan by KUSHIDA, Magoichi

    New York: Weatherhill, 1970. First. hardcover. Very Good. MIDORIKAWA, Yoichi. Hardcover, no jacket. Very Good. Some wear and bumping to corners; some rubbing/wear to covers; slight spine slant; page edges yellowed.



    On the record [five issues] by MacDonald, J.A

    n.p.: the author, [195- ]. Five issues of MacDonald's self-published newsletter, all on 8.5x11 inch sheets mimeographed on one side and stapled at left; includes Vol. 2, nos. 4 and 5; Vol. 3 no. 3, plus unnumbered issues that only have titles: "A bogus economist" (13p.) and "The new Japan" (23p.). Contents indicate Korean War period, though all are undated. MacDonald was the founder of MacDonald's Books in San Francisco.



    Diez años de trabajos de zapa japoneses en las Indias orientales neerlandesas. Informe oficial del gobierno de las Indias orientales neerlandesas sobre las actividades subversivas japonesas en el archipiélago durante el último decenio

    New York: Oficina de información de los Países Bajos, 1942. 139p., wraps somewhat soiled, tear at top of spine, ex-private library with card pocket inside back cover. Report by the Netherlands government in exile on Japanese propaganda activities in the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) in the years prior to Japan's invasion of the islands during WWII.



    Munakata Shiko by Kagioka, Masanori

    Tokyo: Shinchosha, 1998. 93p., very good in wraps, text in Japanese, color illustrations. Shincho Nihon bijutsu bunko 44.



    The Cherry-Blooms of Yeddo and Other Poems by Arthur, Clara M[ay]

    Boston: D. Lothrop & Company, 1881. Hardcover. Good. frontis and a few other illustrations, 140p. Hardcover in original decorated gray cloth. 19c,. Cover moderately worn. Usual age-toning. Fabric traditionally dressed Japanese woman mounted on endpaper. Two modest-sized (13.5 x 9cm.) late 19th century commercial Japanese photos laid in. Five or six of the poems are set in Japan where Clara served as a missionary with her first husband. Sometime after his death she married Marcus Clark Mason, a missionary in Assam, but died in Tura a few months after their marriage,



    Introducing Japan by Richie, Donald

    Tokyo, New York & San Francisco: Kodansha International, 1983. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Revised First Edition. 12h x 9w. A real nice clean unmarked large 72 page hardcover. An eulogy to Japan. Illustrated with full color plates throughout representing enticement to tourists and prospective tourists. Has map inside front boards and Japanese characters back inside boards. .



    Kwacho Gwaden. Studies of Birds and Flowers by [Japan] Taito, Katsushika

    1849. Paperback. Very good. 60 Japanese woodcuts in dark and pale gray, with a delicate pink wash, by the artist Taito Katsushika, a pupil of Hokusai. Birds illustrated include cranes, peacocks and pine tree, nightingale and plum tree, wild geese, inko birds and purple magnolia, and others. With a very early rough translation of title and author on a handwritten label & a blue paper label inside back cover. 8vo, dark brown wrappers with pattern of interlocking circles, title label printed in red. Stitched binding unraveling, o/w all together, complete, woodblocks fresh and clean, some with penciled titles in English, o/w very good. HKD2710.



    Tamba Pottery; the Timeless Art of a Japanese Village by Rhodes, Daniel, 1911-

    Tokyo & NY: Kodansha International Ltd, 1982. First Paperback edition. Paperback. Very Good. photos (some color), 180p. Softcover in original wrapper. 26cm. Review sheet laid in.



    Seven Japanese tales by Tanizaki, Junichiro

    New York: Knopf, 1970. 298p., second printing of the first American issue, quarter cloth spine (bright green) gilt-lettered over dun boards, in dust jacket. Jacket is somewhat dust-soiled with foxed margins; book itself is in nice shape except that, except for the tinted top edge, the untrimmed edges show light foxing. A good to very good copy. Translated by Howard Hibbett.



    The Japanese by REISCHAUER, Edwin O

    Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1977. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Second printing. 443pp. Illustrated from black and white photographs, maps. Near fine with foxing to the edges in a very good price-clipped dustwrapper with rubbing, chips and tears to the edges.



    Eight Hundred Years of Japanese Printmaking From the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Austib. Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, October 22, 1976-January 2, 1977

    Pittsburgh: Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, 1976. Paperback. 126p., wraps, 8. 25 x 11.5 inches, chiefly illustrations, very good condition. Catalog of an exhibition held at the Carnegie Institute in 1976-77.



    The US-Japan Alliance in the 21st Century: A View of the History and a Rationale for Its Survival by Fumio Ota [Vice Admiral (retired) of the Japanese Naval Defence Forces, and until recently, was Director of Japan's Defence Intelligence Headquarters] Foreword by Richard L. Armitage

    Published by Global Oriental Folkestone, Kent First Edition 2006. Folkestone 2006., 2006. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original navy cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 9'' x 5½''. Contains [x] 169 printed pages of text with monochrome frontispiece showing The Destroyer JDS Yugumo. Fine condition book in Fine condition dust wrapper, unused and unopened new book. We carry this book in stock for immediate dispatch. Member of the P.B.F.A. ISBN 1905246250



    Primitive Ukiyo-e from the James A. Michener Collection in the Honolulu Academy of Arts by Link, Howard A., with the assistance of Juzo Suzuki and Roger S. Keyes

    Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii, 1980. Hardcover. xxii, 322p., very good condition in an edgeworn dj with several closed tears and a small section torn off at top of spine.



    DAY ONE : Before Hiroshima and After by Peter Wyden

    New York: Simon & Schuster. 1985. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0671461427 . Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. ; 9.20 X 6.10 X 1.30 inches; 412 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .



    Ikuno Ginzan Kogi den [trans.: Model Citizens at the Ikuno Silver Mine] by OGAWA, Gansho

    Four fine double-page woodcuts. 43 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers (wrappers a little rubbed & tired, minor & mostly marginal worming at front & back), part of the orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. [Ikuno]: 1849. First edition of this most uncommon and interesting book on the Ikuno silver mine in Hyogo Prefecture. Silver was mined there from the 16th century until the late 20th century and was an important source of income for the central government. The town of Ikuno greatly increased in size due to the mining activities and a school for the children of samurai and government officials was created. This school - Reitakukan - instructed the children in academics, ethical behavior, and the local industries. A series of textbooks was published by the school over the years for the students; this is one such example. This work was written at the request of the prefectural governor, Katsuda (or Katsuta). He asked Ogawa to select and describe citizens of the town who demonstrated high ethical behavior. In this book, Ogawa describes 13 men and women who qualified in various ways (honesty, generosity, faithfulness to one's husband, filial piety, etc.), in spite of suffering various illnesses, many of which seem clearly related to the mining activities of the area. Following this, there is a section entitled "Kaiko ryakuki" [trans.: "History of the Ikuno Silver Mine"]. Here, Ogawa provides an account of the natural history of the area, mining activities (with woodcut illustrations of miners in shafts), panning for gold by women, the various kinds of minerals found in the mines, etc. In the text, there is a long passage on silicosis ("endoku" or "yoroke"), the occupational lung disease common to miners. Ogawa describes the symptoms of miners' phthisis due to inhaled mineral dust and smoke and offers a recipe for a medicine which would prevent the illness from developing. He notes that miners died very young and only a few of them exceeded thirty years of age. Ogawa (1812-84), taught at the Ikuno school for many years. Very good copy. WorldCat locates only a 1910 reprint.



    The Zikamori by Sekiye, Juzaburo

    Tokyo: Rikuyo-sha, 1997. 159p., 10.5x14 inches, hardcover with dj, very good. Album of photographs of zikamori, three-dimensional miniature landscapes involving flowers, small plants, bonsai trees, statuettes, etc.



    The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints: A Collection of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Japanese Woodblock Prints in the Philadelphia Museum of Art by Keyes, Roger S. and Keiko Mizushima

    Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973. Paperback. 334p., wraps, illus., 8.5 x 11.25 inches, wraps edgeworn else very good condition. Catalogue of an exhibit held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.



    INVITATION TO JAPAN. Ltd Issue by Shindo, Isao

    Kyoto, Japan: May not be noted.. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1970. Hardcover. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B&W Illustrations; Oblong 8vo 8" to 9"; Oblong brown leatherette with tie. Author's business card tape to front end paper (tape stain) , and signed along with his stamp on title page and also dedication (brief) , on last green endpaper. Plus laid in photo (of Tea Ceremony? ) labeled in Japanese by pencil; Signed by Author .

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