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    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.


    The Silent Traveller In Japan by Chiang Yee



    Meeting With Japan by Fosco Maraini



    Arts Of Asia by Tuyet Nguyet



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



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



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



    The Art Of Arranging Flowers by Shozo Sato



    Traditional Japanese Furniture by Kazuko Koizumi



    Haiku by R H Blyth



    The Enigma Of Japanese Power by Karel Van Wolferen



    A Handbook Of Modern Japan by Ernest W Clement



    A History Of Japan by George Sansom



    The Japanese Sword by Kanzan Sato



    The Kimono Mind by Bernard Rudofsky



    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.


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    Japan's Imperial Conspiracy by David Bergamini



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



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    Deadly Dialectics: Sex, Violence, and Nihilism in the World of Yukio Mishima [Japan Library] by Starrs, Roy [University of Otago] Yukio Mishima

    Published by Japan Library 35 The Crescent, Sandgate, Folkestone First Edition 1994. 1994., 1994. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original burgundy cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 9½'' x 6''. Contains 225 printed pages of text with monochrome photograph of Yukio Mishima. 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 1873410255


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    Strengthen the Country and Enrich the People: The Reform Writings of Ma Jianzhong [1845-1900] (Durham East Asia Series) by Bailey, Paul [Ma Jianzhong]

    Published by Japan Library [Curzon Press Ltd] 15 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey First Edition 1998. Richmond 1998., 1998. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original dark blue cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 9¼'' x 6''. Contains 107 printed pages of text. 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 0700070468X


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    ECHOES FROM A MOUNTAIN SCHOOL by Muchaku, Seikyo, Editor

    Tokyo: Kenkyusha Ltd, 1953 Hard Cover. Translated by Genevieve Caulfield and Michiko Kimura. Reprinted September 1953. 70 pages, cloth with gilt lettering. School compositions by pupils living in a remote mountain village after WWII that t ell of their own, individual problems & their thoughts on life in general. This little collection became a best seller. VERY GOOD+ in a moderately soiled dustjacket..


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    Japanese Art by Stanley-Baker, Joan

    Published by Thames and Hudson, 30 Bloomsbury Street, London 1992. London 1992., 1992. Publisher's original colour illustrated card wrap covers 8vo. 8½'' x 5¼''. ISBN 0500201927. Contains 216 printed pages of text with colour and monochrome illustrations throughout. Without any ownership markings and in Fine new condition, no dust wrapper as published. Member of the P.B.F.A.


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    THE MAGIC LISTENING CAP More Folk Tales from Japan by Uchida, Yoshiko

    NY: Harcourt, Brace, 1955 Illustrated by author. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION. 146 pages, cloth. 14 folk tales in this, the author's second collection. Bookplate. VERY GOOD+ in spine chipped dustjacket.. Very Good+/Very Good.


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    JAPAN PAST AND PRESENT by Edwin O. Reischauer

    New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1946. First edition, as stated. Hardcover. Very Good. 5 x 7 in. Red cloth boards. Condition is VERY GOOD ; minor shelf wear, covers very clean with spine sunned. Inner front hinge just barely starting. Text unmarked. Travel. Stax.


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    THE DUMPLINGS AND THE DEMONS by Stamm, Claus, Illustrated by Kazue Mizamura

    Viking NY 1965 Hard Cover. NEAR FINE in a NEAR FINE, Price Clipped Dj. 2nd Printing. Illustrated by Kazue Mizumura, 48pgs. In publisher's library binding, NOT a library discard..


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    KEMPEITAI: JAPAN'S DREADED MILITARY POLICE by Lamont-Brown, R

    Sutton Publishing. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1988. Hardcover. Hardback; edge of pages yellowed otherwise good in very good dustjacket. Reprint. ; Illustrated. ; 182 pages .


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

    Chicago: Rand McNally, 1964 Hard Cover. First Edition. 64 pages, reinforced cloth. Near Fine in a Near Fine, clipped dustjacket. Story about Boys' Day in Japan & about Japanese family & community life. In publishers library binding, NOT a library discard..


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    Recent Japanese Philosophical Thought, 1862-1996: A Survey: Including a New Survey by Naoshi Yamawaki, the Philosophical Thought of Japan from 1963 to 1996 by Piovesana, Gino K. and Yamawaki, Naoshi

    Published by Japan Library [Curzon Press Ltd] St. John's Studios, Church Road Richmond, Surrey This Third Revised Edition First Published 1997. Richmond 1997., 1997. Third revised edition hard back binding in publisher's original scarlet cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 9½'' x 6''. Contains [viii] 310 printed pages of text. Piovesana's famous survey is republished with an additional chapter by Naoshi Yamawaki to cover the intervening years up to 1996. It continues to be the only introduction to Japanese thinkers and philosophical thought covering the period of Japan's modern era. 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 1873410654


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    THE SEA OF GOLD and Other Tales From Japan by Uchida, Yoshiko

    NY: Scribners, 1965. Dj lightly edge worn with one closed edge tear to lower back edge, lower corner of book lightly bumped.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good+ Dustjacket. Illus. by Marianne Yamaguchi.


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    COOL MELONS - TURN TO FROGS. The Life and Poems of Issa. by Gollub, Matthew

    NY: Lee & Low, (1999) Illustrated by Kazuko Stone. Calligraphy by Keiko Smith. FIRST EDITION. 40 pages, pictorial boards. A biography & introduction to the work of the Japanese haiku poet whose love for nature finds expres sion in the more than 30 poems included here. Beautifully illustrated in full color. A wonderful book! FINE in FINE dustjacket..


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    MAKOTO, THE SMALLEST BOY, A STORY OF JAPAN by Uchida, Yoshiko, Illustrated by Akihito Shirakawa

    NY: Crowell, 1970 Hard Cover. FINE in a Very Good+, Clipped Dj. First Edition, first Printing. In publishers library binding, NOT a library discard..


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    A Fantastic Journey; The Life and Literature of Lafcadio Hearn by Murray, Paul [Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (27 June 1850 - 26 September 1904), known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, was a writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories, such as Kwaidan:

    Published by Japan Library Knoll House, Sandgate, Folkestone, Kent First Edition 1993. 1993., 1993. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original black cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 9½'' x 6''. Contains [xiii] 379 printed pages of text with monochrome frontispiece, plates and illustrations. 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 1873410239


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    HISAKO'S MYSTERIES by Uchida, Yoshiko, Illustrated by Susan Bennett

    NY: Scribner's, 1969 Hard Cover. First Edition. 112 pgs, cloth. Story of a young girl from Kyoto who travels to Tokyo on a trip of self-discovery. FINE in lightly soiled dustjacket.. Fine/Near Fine.


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    THE POEMS OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON Franklin Library by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Franklin Library, 1983-01-01. Hardcover. Good. *Franklin Library* GOOD. Brown leather bound hard cover. Approx. 9" x 6.5". 345pp. Bumps/chips to edges and corners. Slight rub wear to covers. Tight binding, appears to have been opened very little..<p> Once Read Books, cover scan available - just ask, OnceReadBooks com<p> Orders shipped via USPS.


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    Japanese late 1930s Postcard Album with Chinese occupation by [Japan; Postcards]

    Japan, 1938. Hardcover. Very good overall. Album comprising 100 cards, with embossed illustration of a gun toting soldier on the cover and with a map printed inside the cover showing Japanese territory in China. The postcards are mostly colored artist postcards, many stamped and mailed. Presumably put together by a Japanese soldier with the occupation force in China. Fortunately, the album consists mainly of artists' cards of places, an doesn't have any of the images of atrocities committed against the conquered Chinese. Illustrated printed color postcards include many of military life: cavalry units, soldiers bathing in hot tubs, soldiers relaxing in courtyards, a soldier standing in city street, soldiers at drill, and a seaplane. One card with printed signature T. M. Kauri [?]; another signed T. Hazma, and dated 1938. Other printed color post card subjects include landscapes both Japanese and Chinese, Mt. Fuji, temples, temple gates, Japanese beauties (one waving a Japanese flag), lake and mountain views, pagodas, industrial river sites, river families in their junks, Japanese gardens, and Chinese walled cities. Color and b&w printed photographic post cards include: mountain landscapes, waterfalls, temples, cherry trees in blossom, and traditional architecture. A real albumen picture post card shows a seated group in Western clothes, the man at the left a military figure, in an outdoor thatched roof gazebo. Oblong 8vo, 8 1/2 x 5 1/4", cord bound. Dark blue pictorial embossed boards, with red embossed entry gate in fortress wall, embossed Japanese soldier, and Japanese lettering. Faint damp stain mostly top edge early leaves only; chipping to lower corners of album pages only; the postcards clean and bright.


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    Japan: Myth and Reality(Chinese Edition)(Old-Used) by (XIN JIA PO)LI JIONG CAI

    China Film Press. paperback. New. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.Paperback. Publisher: China Film Press. Of a journalist s keen political vision and a diplomat of the experience. depicting the great masses of Japanese society. Stroke As a result. both on the up to Amaterasu and the legend of Xu Fu. down to the shogunate to the World War II Chasing History. and Japanese to stand up from the ruins of World War II became the world s economic power to convey real; both the little-known Man of God Emperor s palace life. but also the social bottom of secrecy Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back.


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    Japan, Her Country and People by Tayama, Munetaka

    Tokyo: Keigansha, 1919. First printing. Hardcover. Good + overall. Japan and its colonies are described in Japanese & English, as well as photographically, with each page having multiple images. The colonies include Korea [5pp], Manchuria [3pp], Okinawa and Formosa [11pp]. Thick oblong 8vo, [12], 33, 352pp. With 352 plates and 2 double page color maps, pictorial end papers. Original pictorial illustrated boards with brown buckram spine. Stitched binding, through the cloth. Deaccessed from a library, which has added the title and shelf number in white at the spine, a library bookplate and a small library stamp on p.1 and at the rear end paper. The final page of the book has a very delicate embossed red stamp of the author's name in both Japanese and English. The spine has split somewhat due to the heaviness of the book, but is holding together nicely. Internally in very good condition. OCLC: 43898569 records 2 copies.


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    The House of Nomura; The Inside Story of the Legendary Japanese Financial Dynasty by Alletzhauser, Albert J

    Published by Arcade Publishing, Inc., New York First Edition 1990. New York 1990., 1990. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original russet paper covers, gilt lettering to black paper spine. 8vo 9½'' x 6¼'' 343 pp. ISBN 1559700890. Monochrome illustrations throughout. Fine condition book, in Fine condition dust wrapper, not price clipped. Dust wrapper supplied in archive acetate film protection, this protects and prolongs the life of the paper, it is not adhered to the book or to the dust wrapper. Member of the P.B.F.A.


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    Legal Affairs in Japan. A description of the Japanese legal system, including the organization of courts, the general nature of legal codes, procedure, penalties and prisons by U.S. Office of Strategic Services

    Office of Strategic Services, Research and Analysis Branch #1955, 1944. Staplebound. Otherwise very good condition. A restricted document describing the Japanese legal system as it was pre-war with updates up to 1944 issued during World War II. Ronioed with 'restricted' on all pages. Copy 192, from the library of Robert P. Patterson with signature 'Col. Patterson' in pencil at top cover. Robert P. Patterson was the Under Secretary of War in 1940 and was instrumental in the mobilization of the armed forces preparatory to and during World War II. In 1945 he became Secretary of War under President Franklin Roosevelt and President Harry Truman. 8 x 10 1/2", 68pp, printed one side only with p. 53 repeated, paper wraps, staple bound, with clear tape affixed to lower left spine. Cover toned, dusty, outer edges slt. ruffled. OCLC lists only one copy in microfiche form at the University of Grottingen, Germany. OCLC: 753983725.


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    Oh, Japan!: Yesterday, Today and Probably Tomorrow by Shiba, Kimpei

    Published by Paul Norbury Publications Ltd., Caxton House, Tenterden, Kent First Edition 1979. Tenterden 1979., 1979. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original nutmeg cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 8½'' x 6''. Contains [xx] 236 printed pages of text. The book is divided into six themes: the Japanese and the outside world, the traditional arts, high life and history, low life and comedy, the Japanese establishment and occupations or preoccupation's? In the last section Mr. Shiba treats the 'illogical Japanese' - a subject of almost universal interest and concern outside Japan. Publisher's description. 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 0904404277


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    Japan: wine(Chinese Edition) by [ RI ] SHAN CUN QI . [ RI ] JI YOU ZI ZHU

    Nanhai publishing company, 2017-01-01. paperback. New. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.Paperback. Pub Date: 2017-01-01 Language: simplified Chinese Publisher: the publishing company of the south China sea interesting wines in the world today. there is no doubt that is the wine in Japan.In recent years. not only can match the Spanish food or French food Japanese wine. wine also has a rich aroma can compare Japanese wine. and change the temperature can let a person feel slightly to different taste of wine in Japan.So... Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back.


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    French Policy Towards the Bakufu and Meiji Japan 1854-95 by Sims, Richard

    Published by Japan Library [Curzon Press Ltd] 15 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey First Edition 1998. Richmond 1998., 1998. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original grey cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 9½'' x 6''. Contains [v] 394 printed pages of text with monochrome frontispiece 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 1873410611


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