Norwegian Wood

By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin

First American Publication

This beautiful and elegiac novel via the writer of the the world over acclaimed Wind-Up chook Chronicle has offered over four million copies in Japan and is now to be had to American audiences for the 1st time.  It is certain to be a literary event.

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally critical younger collage pupil in Tokyo, is dedicated to Naoko, a stunning and introspective younger lady, yet their mutual ardour is marked by means of the tragic dying in their ally years before.  Toru starts off to evolve to campus existence and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, yet Naoko unearths the pressures and obligations of existence unbearable.  As she retreats additional into her personal international, Toru unearths himself attaining out to others and attracted to a fiercely self sustaining and sexually liberated younger woman.

A poignant tale of 1 collage student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that far-off position of a tender man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.

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Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives

Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives makes to be had for the 1st time to English readership a variety of viewpoints from media practitioners, designers, educators, and students operating within the East Asian Pacific. This assortment not just engages a multidisciplinary technique in knowing the topic of jap animation but in addition exhibits how you can learn, train, and extra totally discover this multidimensional world.

Presented in six sections, the translated essays cross-reference one another. the gathering adopts quite a lot of serious, historic, sensible, and experimental ways. This sort offers an inventive and engaging facet for either expert and nonspecialist readers. members’ works percentage a standard relevance, curiosity, and involvement regardless of their local concerns and the several modes of research proven. They shape a composite of training and learn principles on jap animation.

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Matter in the Floating World: Conversations with Leading Japanese Architects and Designers

By Blaine Brownell

It may be argued that Japan features a larger variety of the world over major architects and architects relative to its geographic measurement than wherever else on this planet. jap designers frequently enforce radical experiments in new fabrics and construction platforms that effectively handle impending strength and source demanding situations. those technological achievements are mixed with an acute wisdom of the ephemerality of life, making a wealthy discussion among the concrete and the summary.

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In The Miso Soup

By Ryu Murakami

It is simply sooner than New Year's. Frank, an obese American vacationer, has employed Kenji to take him on a guided journey of Tokyo's sleazy nightlife on 3 successive evenings. yet Frank's habit is so unusual that Kenji starts off to entertain a terrible suspicion: that his new purchaser is in truth the serial killer presently terrorizing the town. It isn't until eventually the second one evening, besides the fact that, in a scene that may surprise you and make you chortle and make you hate your self for guffawing, that Kenji learns precisely how a lot he has to worry and the way irrevocably his come upon with this nice white whale of an American will switch his life.

Kenji's intimate wisdom of Tokyo's intercourse undefined, his considerate observations and wisecracks in regards to the vacancy and hypocrisy of up to date Japan, and his insights into the shockingly common phenomena of "compensated dating" and "selling it" between eastern schoolgirls, provide us lots to consider on each web page. Kenji is our likable, if faraway from blameless, advisor to the inferno of violence and evil into which he unwillingly descends-and from which purely Jun, his sixteen-year-old female friend, can most likely shop him. . . .

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Institutions, Industrial Upgrading, and Economic Performance in Japan: The Flying Geese Paradigm of Catch-up Growth

By Terutomo Ozawa

Terutomo Ozawa examines Japan's as soon as celebrated post-war financial good fortune from a brand new standpoint. He applies a 'flying ducks' version of business upgrading in a rustic that continues to be catching-up, to discover the increase, fall and rebound of eastern with its evolving associations and guidelines. The booklet brings jointly and expands upon theories constructed within the author's paintings over a long time, utilizing them as development blocks for his flying ducks version. techniques explored contain: economics of hierarchical concatenation, expanding issue incongruity, comparative virtue (or industry) recycling; the Ricardo - Hicksian catch of commercial creation, Smithian development elan, triumvirate pro-trade structural transformation; wisdom construction as opposed to wisdom diversion, the price-knowledge/industry-flow mechanism 'a los angeles David Hume'; and the syndrome of institutional incongruity, and socially justifiable ethical possibility as opposed to degenerative ethical chance. The dynamic technique of business upgrading is analysed intimately, and critical classes for either constructing and transition economies are highlighted.

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Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan

By Louise Young

In Beyond the Metropolis, Louise younger appears to be like on the emergence of urbanism within the interwar interval, an international second whilst the fabric and ideological constructions that represent “the urban” took their attribute smooth form. In Japan, as in different places, towns grew to become the staging floor for large ranging social, cultural, financial, and political variations. the increase of social difficulties, the formation of a client market, the proliferation of streetcars and streetcar suburbs, and the cascade of investments in city improvement reinvented town as either socio-spatial shape and set of principles. younger tells this tale during the optic of the provincial urban, studying 4 second-tier towns: Sapporo, Kanazawa, Niigata, and Okayama. As prefectural capitals, those towns constituted facilities in their respective areas. All 4 grew at an immense fee within the interwar a long time, a lot because the metropolitan giants did. regardless of their commonalities, neighborhood stipulations intended that regulations of nationwide improvement and the vagaries of the enterprise cycle affected person towns in diversified methods. As their adjustments show, there isn't any unmarried grasp narrative of 20th century modernization. by means of enticing city tradition past the city, this learn indicates that jap modernity used to be now not made in Tokyo and exported to the provinces, yet quite co-constituted in the course of the movement and alternate of individuals and concepts in the course of the state and past.

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Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan

Tokugawa Japan ranks with historical Athens as a society that not just tolerated, yet celebrated, male gay habit. Few students have heavily studied the topic, and beforehand none have satisfactorily defined the origins of the culture or elucidated how its conventions mirrored type constitution and gender roles. Gary P. Leupp fills the space with a dynamic exam of the origins and nature of the culture. in accordance with a wealth of literary and ancient documentation, this examine areas Tokugawa homosexuality in an international context, exploring its implications for modern debates at the historic building of sexual desire.

Combing via renowned fiction, legislations codes, spiritual works, scientific treatises, biographical fabric, and creative remedies, Leupp lines the origins of pre-Tokugawa gay traditions between clergymen and samurai, then describes the emergence of gay practices between commoners in Tokugawa towns. He argues that it used to be "nurture" instead of "nature" that accounted for such conspicuous male/male sexuality and that bisexuality used to be extra usual than homosexuality. special, thorough, and extremely readable, this learn is the 1st in English or jap to handle so comprehensively essentially the most advanced and exciting points of eastern history.

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Japanese Flowering Cherries

By Wybe Kuitert

Jap flowering cherries have encouraged gardeners for greater than 12 centuries. They contain either the seven wild species and the masses of types and cultivars identified for hundreds of years as sato-zakura, or backyard cherries. This account covers their heritage and cultural importance, clears up long-standing confusions in taxonomy and nomenclature, and provides them in all their beauty.

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