The Woman in the Dunes

The girl within the Dunes, through celebrated author and philosopher Kobo Abe, combines the essence of delusion, suspense and the existential novel.
After lacking the final bus domestic following an afternoon journey to the beach, an novice entomologist is obtainable accommodation for the evening on the backside of an enormous sand pit. but if he makes an attempt to go away the following morning, he speedy discovers that the locals produce other plans. Held captive with possible no probability of get away, he's tasked with shoveling again the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to break the village. His simply spouse is a wierd younger lady. jointly their fates develop into intertwined as they paintings part by way of facet at this Sisyphean job.

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Manga and the Representation of Japanese History (Routledge Contemporary Japan)

This edited assortment explores how photo paintings and particularly eastern manga characterize eastern history.

The articles discover the illustration of background in manga from disciplines that come with such various fields as literary reviews, politics, heritage, cultural reports, linguistics, narratology, and semiotics. regardless of this variety of methods all teachers from those respective fields of analysis agree that manga pose a specially modern charm that transcends the problem imposed by way of conventional ways to the examine and instructing of heritage. The illustration of historical past through manga in Japan has an extended and arguable historiographical measurement. Thereby manga and by way of extension photograph artwork in eastern tradition has develop into one of many world’s strongest modes of expressing modern historic verisimilitude. The individuals to this quantity complicated how manga and via extension picture artwork rewrites, reinvents and re-imagines the historicity and dialectic of bygone epochs in postwar and modern Japan.

Manga and the illustration of jap History might be of curiosity to scholars and students of Asian reports, Asian heritage, eastern tradition and society, to boot as art and visible culture

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Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan

Because the past due 19th century, spiritual rules and practices in Japan became more and more intertwined with these linked to psychological overall healthiness and therapeutic. This dating constructed opposed to the backdrop of a miles broader, and deeply consequential assembly: among Japan’s long-standing, Chinese-influenced highbrow and institutional varieties, and the politics, technology, philosophy, and faith of the post-Enlightenment West. In striving to craft a latest society and tradition which may exist on phrases with – instead of be subsumed by means of – western energy and effect, Japan grew to become domestic to a religion--psy discussion expert through urgent political priorities and speedily transferring cultural concerns.

This ebook offers a traditionally contextualized creation to the discussion among faith and psychotherapy in glossy Japan. In doing so, it attracts out connections among advancements in drugs, govt coverage, eastern faith and spirituality, social and cultural feedback, nearby dynamics, and gender kin. The chapters all specialize in the assembly and intermingling of spiritual with psychotherapeutic rules and draw on quite a lot of case reviews together with: how temple and shrine ‘cures’ of early smooth Japan fared within the mild of German neuropsychiatry; how eastern Buddhist theories of brain, physique, and self-cultivation negotiated with the findings of western medication; how Buddhists, Christians, and different companies and teams drew and redrew the strains among spiritual praxis and mental therapeutic; how significant eu cures resembling Freud’s fed into self-consciously eastern analyses of and coverings for the ills of the age; and the way misery, agony, and individuality got here to be reinterpreted around the 20th and early twenty-first centuries, from the southern islands of Okinawa to the devastated northern neighbourhoods of the Tohoku quarter after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear failures of March 2011.

Religion and Psychotherapy in glossy Japan may be welcomed through scholars and students operating throughout a wide diversity of topics, together with jap tradition and society, spiritual reports, psychology and psychotherapy, psychological wellbeing and fitness, and foreign historical past.

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Modern Japan: A Historical Survey

By Mikiso Hane

Integrating political occasions with cultural, monetary, and highbrow hobbies, Modern Japan presents a balanced and authoritative survey of recent jap heritage. A precis of Japan’s early background, emphasizing associations and structures that stimulated eastern society, offers a well-rounded creation to this crucial quantity, which specializes in the Tokugawa interval to the present.

The 5th variation of Modern Japan is up to date all through to incorporate the newest info on Japan’s diplomacy, together with mystery diplomatic correspondence lately disclosed on WikiLeaks. This version brings eastern historical past modern within the publish Sep 11 period, detailing present matters reminiscent of: the influence of the Gulf Wars on eastern diplomacy, the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and next nuclear twist of fate, the new tumultuous swap of political management, and Japan’s present financial and international prestige. An up to date chronological chart, checklist of leading ministers, and bibliography also are included.

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The Japanese Way of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan (Studies on Law and Social Control)

By David T. Johnson

Prosecutors have extra regulate over existence, liberty, and acceptance than any association in Japan. satirically, this proposition elicits frequent contract yet few severe efforts to discover its reasons, effects, or importance. The irony makes the procuracy a bit just like the climate: all people discusses it yet nobody does whatever approximately it.

This is the 1st booklet in English to research how Japan's 2000 prosecutors workout their bold powers. It paints an empirical comic strip of prosecutors at paintings, the contexts during which they examine, cost, and take a look at instances, and the content material of the selections thereby rendered. seeing that prosecutors wield enormous discretion at each level of the felony method, and because legal complaints represent one of many central symptoms of the nature of a society, this learn bargains a window onto Japan. on the grounds that this booklet is comparative, mainly with the USA, it additionally provides insights into American legislation and society.

The eastern approach of justice is largely made up our minds incidentally prosecutors practice their jobs. If justice ability making an allowance for the wishes and situations of person suspects, then prosecutors in Japan needs to obtain greater marks than their American opposite numbers. If justice implies treating like instances alike, then the ability of Japan's procuracy to take action is remarkable certainly. If justice should still advertise therapeutic, not only punishment, then jap prosecutors has to be reckoned extra restorative than prosecutors within the usa. And if justice relies on uncovering and clarifying the reality, then readers will realize how primary this maxim is deemed in Japan. In those methods and extra, the japanese method of justice is uncommonly simply.

Yet this account uncovers severe defects in addition. In processing intercourse offenders, for instance, eastern prosecutors oftentimes and disrespect the emotions of lady sufferers. of their ardour for holding excessive conviction charges, prosecutors sacrifice the pursuits of sufferers who yearn to be heard in open court docket. of their insulation from political and public scrutiny, prosecutors occasionally appear unaccountable to valid authority and impression. And of their zeal to acquire the reality via confessions, a few prosecutors plea discount, health care provider file, and behavior brutal interrogations, all of that are unlawful in Japan.

Japan is some distance from the USA. This ebook demonstrates that during many concerns of felony justice they're diversified worlds.

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A Companion to Japanese History

By William M. Tsutsui

A significant other to eastern History presents an authoritative review of present debates and methods in the research of Japan’s history.

  • Composed of 30 chapters written through a world staff of scholars
  • Combines conventional views with the newest scholarly concerns
  • Supplements a chronological survey with specified thematic analyses
  • Presents stimulating interventions into person controversies

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The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi and Arrowroot: Two Novels

By Junichiro Tanizaki

From a eastern grasp of romantic and sexual obsession come novels that deal with conventional subject matters with sly wit and startling mental sophistication. In The mystery background of the Lord of Musashi, Junichir Tanizaki reimagines the exploits of a mythical samurai as a sadomasochistic dance among the hero and the spouse of his enemy. Arrowroot, though set within the 20th century, perspectives an grownup orphan’s look for his mother’s earlier in the course of the translucent shoji screen of historical literature and fantasy.

Both works are replete with surprising juxtapositions. Severed heads develop into items of erotic fixation. Foxes tackle human form. An aristocratic girl loves and pities the fellow she is conspiring to spoil. This supple translation finds the entire scope of Tanizaki’s reward: his convinced storytelling, luminous aspect, and astonishingly important girl characters.

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The Japanese Bath

By Bruce Smith

Within the West, a tub is a spot one is going to cleanse the physique. In Japan, one is going there to cleanse the soul. Bathing in Japan is ready even more than cleanliness: it really is approximately kinfolk and group. it's approximately being on my own and contemplative, time to monitor the moon upward thrust above the backyard. in addition to sixty full-color illustrations of the sunshine and ethereal baths themselves, the japanese bathtub, delves into the cultured of bathing eastern sort and the innate great thing about the stairs surrounding the method. The authors clarify how you can create a eastern bathtub on your own residence. A Zen meditation, the japanese bathtub, certainly, cleanses the soul, and one emerges refreshed, renewed, and serene.

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Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900 (Translations from the Asian Classics)

By Haruo Shirane

This is the 1st anthology ever dedicated to early sleek eastern literature, spanning the interval from 1600 to 1900, identified variously because the Edo or the Tokugawa, probably the most artistic epochs of jap tradition. This anthology, in an effort to be of significant curiosity to someone considering this period, comprises not just fiction, poetry, and drama, but additionally essays, treatises, literary feedback, comedian poetry, variations from chinese language, folks tales and different non-canonical works. lots of those texts have by no means been translated into English earlier than, and a number of other classics were newly translated for this collection.

Early sleek jap Literature introduces English readers to an unparalleled variety of prose fiction genres, together with dangibon (satiric sermons), kibyôshi (satiric and didactic photo books), sharebon (books of wit and fashion), yomihon (reading books), kokkeibon (books of humor), gôkan (bound books), and ninjôbon (books of romance and sentiment). The anthology additionally bargains a wealthy array of poetry―waka, haiku, senryû, kyôka, kyôshi―and 11 performs, which diversity from modern family drama to ancient performs and from early puppet theater to 19th century kabuki. given that a lot of early smooth jap literature is very allusive and sometimes elliptical, this anthology beneficial properties introductions and observation that supply the severe context for appreciating this varied and engaging physique of texts.

One of the main features of early smooth jap literature is that the majority of the preferred fiction used to be amply illustrated by means of wood-block prints, developing an intensive text-image phenomenon. In a few genres equivalent to kibyôshi and gôkan the textual content in reality seemed contained in the woodblock photograph. Woodblock prints of actors have been additionally a tremendous point of the tradition of kabuki drama. a tremendous characteristic of this anthology is the inclusion of over two hundred woodblock prints that followed the unique texts and drama.

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Photography in Japan 1853-1912

By Terry Bennett

Photography in Japan 1853-1912 is an engaging visible list of jap tradition in the course of its metamorphosis from a feudal society to a contemporary, business kingdom at a time while the artwork of images was once nonetheless in its infancy. The 350 infrequent and old images during this ebook, such a lot of them released the following for the 1st time, chronicle the creation of images in Japan and early jap images. the pictures are greater than only a background of images in Japan, they're very important in aiding to appreciate the dramatic alterations that happened in Japan throughout the mid-nineteenth century.

These infrequent jap photographs—whether sensational or daily, intimate or panoramic—document a country approximately to desert its conventional methods and input the fashionable period. Taken among 1853 and 1912 by means of crucial eastern and international photographers operating in Japan, this is often the 1st booklet to record the historical past of early images in Japan a finished and systematic means.

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