Les évaporés: Un roman japonais

By Thomas B. Reverdy

Ici, lorsque quelqu’un disparaît, on dit simplement qu’il s’est évaporé, personne ne le recherche, ni l. a. police parce qu’il n’y a pas de crime, ni l. a. famille parce qu’elle est déshonorée. Partir sans donner d’explication, c’est précisément ce que Kaze a fait cette nuit-là.

Comment peut-on s’évaporer si facilement ? Et pour quelles raisons ? C’est ce qu’aimerait comprendre Richard B. en accompagnant Yukiko au Japon pour retrouver son père, Kaze. Pour cette femme qu’il aime encore, il mènera l’enquête dans un Japon parallèle, celui du quartier des travailleurs pauvres de San’ya à Tokyo et des camps de réfugiés autour de Sendai. Mais, au fait : pourquoi rechercher celui qui a voulu disparaître ?

Les évaporés se lit à los angeles fois comme un roman policier, une quête existentielle et un roman d’amour. D’une façon good et poétique, il nous parle du Japon contemporain, de Fukushima et des yakuzas, mais aussi du mystère que l’on est les uns pour les autres, du chagrin amoureux et de notre désir, parfois, de prendre l. a. fuite.

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Asian Pickles: Japan: Recipes for Japanese Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Tsukemono

By Karen Solomon

A DIY advisor to creating the salty, candy, tangy, and occasionally highly spiced pickles of Japan, that includes sixteen recipes for normal tsukemono in addition to new favorites with cutting edge components and techniques.

For Asian nutrients aficionados and preservers and picklers searching for new frontiers, the normal standout is Japan's varied array of pickled items and cutting edge taste pairings that wow the palate. In Asian Pickles: Japan, revered cookbook writer and culinary undertaking maven Karen Solomon introduces readers to the original constituents utilized in eastern pickle-making, resembling koji rice, fermented rice bran, shiso leaf, miso, soy sauce, and diverse different suggestions past the fundamental vinegar brine. And for the amateur pickler, Solomon additionally contains a immense array of speedy pickles with easily-accessible elements. that includes the main sought-after eastern pickle recipes--including Pickled Ginger, Umeboshi, and more--plus appealing images, Asian Pickles: Japan may help you discover a brand new retaining horizon with fail-proof directions and extra resources.

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Confronting Silence: Selected Writings (Fallen Leaf Monographs on Contemporary Composers)

By Toru Takemitsu

In those writings, to be had right here in English for the 1st time, the prestigious eastern composer Toru Takemitsu displays on his contemporaries, together with John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, and Merce Cunningham; on nature, which has profoundly prompted his composition; on movie and portray; on relationships among East and West; on conventional jap song; and on his personal compositions.

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The Decay of the Angel (Sea of Fertility, Book 4)

By Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima’s The Decay of the Angel is the ultimate novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. it's the final installment of Shigekuni Honda’s pursuit of the successive reincarnations of his youth buddy Kiyoaki Matsugae.
it's the overdue Nineteen Sixties and Honda, now an elderly and prosperous guy, once again encounters somebody he believes to be a reincarnation of his buddy, Kiyoaki — this time restored to existence as a teenage orphan, Tōru. Adopting the boy as his inheritor, Honda speedy reveals that Tōru is a strength to be reckoned with. the ultimate novel of this celebrated tetralogy weaves jointly the dominant issues of the former 3 novels within the sequence: the decay of Japan’s courtly culture; the essence and price of Buddhist philosophy and aesthetics; and, underlying all, Mishima’s apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of the fashionable period.

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Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Exceptional Beauty and Significance

By Nicholas Bornoff, Michael Freeman

Conventional jap layout imbues items with a feeling of heritage and artistry that simply reaches throughout cultural barriers. In Things jap: daily items of remarkable good looks and Significance, writer Nicholas Bornoff and photographer Michael Freeman study over 60 conventional items which are uniquely eastern, deftly illustrating their good looks and importance.

  • Beautifully crafted samurai swords
  • Elegant wood tansu chests
  • Elaborate tea rite implements
  • Exquisitely carved netsuke toggles
  • Fabulous silk-and-gold embroidered kimonos

Each merchandise is defined in loving element along attractive full-color pictures that spotlight the good artistry and craftsmanship in daily goods utilized by genuine humans in conventional Japan. Things Japanese is the right e-book for jap vintage creditors or a person drawn to jap paintings and the tradition and background of Japan.

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The Ghost Brush

By Katherine Govier

A Katherine Govier publication is as a lot background lesson as literary leisure. during this, her 9th novel, Govier chronicles the lifetime of a groundbreaking girl artist in 19th-century Japan.

Set opposed to the backdrop of the past due Edo interval, The Ghost Brush tells the tale of Katsushika Oei. while she was once born, Oei’s father, the recognized printmaker Katsushika Hokusai, plucked her from her mother’s fingers and claimed her as his personal. The dysfunctional courting among father and daughter varieties the first concentration of the radical, even though Govier encompasses a solid of unique characters, transferring destinations, descriptions of neighborhood customs, and plenty of ancient proof, leading to a fancy and dense booklet. one way or the other, she manages to impart a major quantity of knowledge with no bogging down the tale. It’s a magnificent feat, person who she has pulled off prior to, notwithstanding probably now not so ambitiously.

As a narrator conversing from past the grave, Oei is a piece pallid. Her lifestyles is rife with fascinating twists and complex realities, yet she is never impassioned. Even in describing her demise (this is a narrative advised by way of a ghost, in the end, so no spoiler alert is needed), she is so matter-of-fact as to render the effect of the development underwhelming.

But her personality is a hugely priceless authorial instrument, as Govier is ready to describe the inhumane therapy of jap ladies through the interval, whilst compelled prostitution and abuse have been the norm. Oei is a insurgent, a “man-woman” who beverages, smokes, takes fans, and doesn’t cook dinner or stitch. She is, in essence, the feminine model of her father. even though she is proclaimed through grasp artisans, together with her expensive “Old Man,” to be a greater artist than Hokusai, her gender prevents her from gaining the popularity she justly merits, sentencing her to an eternity as an unknown.

Govier’s skill to mildew background to fit her fictional imaginative and prescient is on complete demonstrate right here. lovers of her prior paintings will doubtless consume each vibrant detail.

This booklet has types of the tale: the unique model and the prolonged model

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Deep River

By Shusaku Endo

"Endo has effectively dramatized the invention that the sacred river of humanity flows inside of ourselves."―National Catholic Reporter

during this relocating novel, a gaggle of jap travelers, each one of whom is wrestling along with his or her personal demons, travels to the River Ganges on a pilgrimage of grace.

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A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance

By Andy Couturier

Raised within the tumult of Japan’s business powerhouse, the 11 women and men profiled during this booklet have all made the transition to sustainable, satisfying lives. they're at the present time artists, philosophers, and farmers who stay deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives should be basic, but they're surrounded by way of the luxuries of nature, paintings, contemplation, scrumptious nutrition, and an abundance of time. For example:

  • Atsuko Watanabe is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism whereas elevating her daughters in an previous farmhouse
  • Akira Ito is an ex–petroleum engineer who has turn into a painter and children’s publication illustrator and explores the function of chi (life strength) within the universe via artwork and music
  • Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts dependent bamboo flutes that he performs for alms within the surrounding villages
  • Jinko Kaneko is a very good artist and upholstery dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry eating place within the Japan Alps

By featuring the trips of those ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy Couturier indicates how we can also go back and forth a significant course of dwelling easily, with admire for our groups and our typical assets. once we depart at the back of the large burdens of salary exertions, debt, rigidity, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in an entire new means. those eastern are pioneers in a feeling; drawing on conventional japanese non secular knowledge, they've got cast a brand new form of modernity, and of their good fortune is a lesson for us all: reside a lifestyles that matters.

Andy Couturier is an essayist, poet, and writing instructor. He lived in Japan for 4 years the place he taught, used to be a journalist, and labored on environmental reasons. He lives within the San Francisco Bay Area.

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New Japan: Debunking Seven Cultural Stereotypes

The hot Japan via David Matsumoto units out to explain the nervousness and unrest that plague present jap society, the rift among the older, extra conventional generations and the more youthful, extra cosmopolitan and Westernized generations. the writer attracts upon a wealth pf eastern and Western assets to collect a thourough exploration of either classis and modern perspectives of jap culture.Citing educational reports and surveys, Matsumoto debunks seven universal stereotypes of eastern tradition: collectivism, cognizance of others, perceptions of self, emotionality, the salaryman, schooling and lifelong employment, and marriage. Matsumoto additionally explores the explanations behimnd tumultous upheavals, the that means of the transferring cultural styles within the office, schooling, activities, and daily life.ContentsFigures and TablesAcknowledgmentsForeword1 eastern tradition, prior and Present2 Seven Stereotypes approximately jap tradition and Their Reality3 Why Did eastern tradition Change?4 The which means of fixing jap tradition in daily Life5 Visions of a brand new Japan within the FutureAppendixReferencesIndex

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