Japan

Amazing Origami

By Kunihiko Kasahara

This interesting mix of artwork and geometry will excite either your creativity and your interest. Out from below your arms will come strikingly beautiful types: want by yourself hand-crafted capturing megastar, all silvery, golden, or fiery purple; “grow” beautiful red paper cherry blossoms (symbol of Japan, domestic of origami), and construct pyramids, cubic modules, and different dimensional figures.

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The Failure of Civil Society?: The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan

By Akihiro Ogawa

A examine the voluntary zone in Japan, which has emerged strongly purely in contemporary years.

The international discourse on civil society is either advanced and enriched during this player research of Japan’s volunteers, often called the 3rd region. within the wake of the japanese government’s failed reaction to the 1995 earthquake, volunteers took the lead in offering reduction to sufferers. This contemporary sea swap in jap society used to be quick through the 1998 NPO legislations (nonprofit association legislations) that encourages 3rd quarter actions. Drawing on his fieldwork at one of many new NPOs, Akihiro Ogawa explores intimately the social and historic particularities of jap “civil society” or shimin shakai, revisiting how the concept that is interpreted and practiced via the volunteers themselves. Civil society, Ogawa argues, can most sensible be understood as an energetic, dynamic method instead of as a static, summary model.

“…a welcome boost to the nonetheless scant ethnographic literature on Japan’s civil quarter, delivering an in-depth and multi-dimensional examine the methods civil society firms were reimagined, mobilized and limited by means of the japanese nation and through its voters … This ebook is principally necessary to the starting to be variety of practitioners within the fields of nonprofit administration, voluntary motion and social entrepreneurship.” — Pacific Affairs

“Ogawa’s very good learn is very priceless due to its blend of ethnographic grounding and analytical achieve … His examine increases very important and uncomfortable questions about Japan’s civil society.” — Japanese Studies

“…Ogawa demanding situations the inspiration that the 3rd quarter in Japan exists self reliant of the nation … [and] offer[s] interesting insights into the state-civil society relations.” — Social technological know-how Japan Journal

“Ogawa writes a fascinating, provocative exam of the advance of civil society in modern Japan … This publication might be of curiosity to scholars on non-Western civil society, students of latest Japan and of social entrepreneurship, and learn methodologists.” — CHOICE

“…Ogawa presents a desirable account of up to date eastern civil society on the grass roots. His cautious and illuminating ethnography of a lately included nonprofit association (NPO) unearths vital insights into the altering nature of jap citizenship and the connection among the nonprofit quarter and the kingdom in modern Japan … a important addition to the becoming literature on civil society in Japan.” — Journal of jap Studies

“…Ogawa’s ebook presents a deep perception into modern Japan … this can be a magnificent research that's really multidisciplinary in its procedure and analysis.” — Voluntas

“Akihiro Ogawa’s booklet is a well timed and not easy ethnography of civil society in modern Japan.” — Asian Anthropology

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Japan's Ultimate Martial Art: Jujitsu Before 1882 the Classical Japanese Art of Self-Defense

By Darrell Max Craig

Predecessor of Judo and precursor of modern-day final battling kinds, Jujitsu is a martial paintings built by way of the elite samurai type in the course of Japan's feudal days. for hundreds of years, this technique of unarmed self-defense proved such a success in strive against that it used to be stored mystery and taught to a decide on few.

in accordance with the author's research with teachers of the Tokyo police division, this booklet beneficial properties the conventional innovations of Jujitsu, often referred to as Ju-Jiutsu. bankruptcy through bankruptcy, it addresses and demonstrates Kaisho Goshin Budo Taiho Jitsu Ryu (Tokyo police/ self-defense/ martial manner/ physique techniques). particular options coated comprise using fingers, throwing an opponent, attacking important issues with moves and kicks, and using guns resembling the staff.

even though designed to accompany education, this attention-grabbing ebook additionally serves as a amazing illustrated advisor to the key paintings of samurai self-defense.

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Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility

By Takie Sugiyama Lebra

This most recent paintings from Japanese-born anthropologist Takie Sugiyama Lebra is the 1st ethnographic learn of the fashionable eastern aristocracy. proven as a category firstly of the Meiji interval, the kazoku ranked without delay under the emperor and his family members. formally dissolved in 1947, this crew of social elites continues to be as a rule perceived as the Aristocracy. Lebra received access into this tightly knit circle and performed a couple of hundred interviews with its participants. She has woven jointly a reconstructive ethnography from their existence histories to create an intimate portrait of a distant and archaic world.

As Lebra explores the tradition of the kazoku, she locations every one topic in its ancient context. She analyzes the evolution of prestige barriers and the essential function performed via outsiders.

But this ebook isn't really easily in regards to the elite. it's also approximately commoners and the way each one stratum mirrors the opposite. Revealing formerly unobserved complexities in jap society, it additionally sheds mild at the common challenge of social stratification.

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Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun

By Rhoda Blumberg

In 1853, few eastern humans
knew nation
called the USA even existed.

For centuries, Japan had remoted itself from the surface global through refusing to alternate with different nations or even refusing to aid shipwrecked sailors, overseas or jap. The country's humans nonetheless lived lower than a feudal process like that of Europe within the heart a long time. yet every little thing started to switch while American Commodore Perry and his troops sailed to the Land of the emerging sunlight, bringing with them new technology and expertise, and a brand new method of life.

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Written on the Sky: Poems from the Japanese (New Directions Paperbook)

“Rexroth’s readings from the japanese grasp poets are breathtaking of their simplicity and clarity.”—The ny Times

I exit of the darkness

Onto a street of darkness

Lit basically through the a long way off

Moon at the fringe of the mountains.

—Izumi Shikobu

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of readers have came upon the great thing about vintage jap poetry throughout the wonderful English models via the nice American poet Kenneth Rexroth. generally haiku, those poems diversity from the classical and medieval to fashionable poetry, with an emphasis on people songs and love lyrics. simply because girls performed such a great function in jap literature, incorporated listed below are choices from their paintings, together with the modern, deeply sensuous Marichiko. This based, fantastically designed present e-book of poems spanning many centuries offers the unique texts in romanji, the transliteration into the Western alphabet.

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Hotel Iris: A Novel

A story of twisted love from Yoko Ogawa―author of The Diving Pool and The Housekeeper and the Professor.

In a crumbling beach resort at the coast of Japan, quiet seventeen-year-old Mari works front table as her mom has a tendency to the low season clients. while one evening they're compelled to expel a middle-aged guy and a prostitute from their room, Mari unearths herself attracted to the man's voice, in what's going to develop into the 1st gesture of a unmarried lengthy seduction. even with her provincial atmosphere, and her cool yet controlling mom, Mari is a cosmopolitan observer of human wish, and he or she sees during this guy whatever she has lengthy been taking a look for.

The guy is a proud if threadbare translator residing on an island off the coast. A widower, there are whispers round city that he could have murdered his spouse. Mari starts off to go to him on his island, and he quickly initiates her right into a darkish realm of either ache and enjoyment, a spot during which she reveals herself extra comfortable even than the translator. As Mari's mom starts to shut in at the affair, Mari's feel of what's appropriate and what's fascinating are recklessly engaged.

Hotel Iris is a stirring novel concerning the occasionally violent ways that we convey intimacy and in regards to the untranslatable essence of love.

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