Biographies & Memoirs

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1 Bix, Herbert P. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS 2000 006019314X / 9780060193140 1st Edition Hardcover F/VG 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Bix penetrates decades of "public opacity" to offer a stunning portrait of the controversial Japanese emperor, "one of the most disingenuous persons ever to occupy the modern throne." Hirohito ascended to the Japanese throne in 1926 (at the age of 25) and ruled until his death in 1989. Bix closely examines his long, eventful reign, concentrating on the extent of the emperor's influence-which was greater than he admitted-over the political and military life of Japan during WWII. 
Price: 1800.00 JPY
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2 Hachiya, Michihiko Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30 , 1945
The University of North Caro 1995 0807845477 / 9780807845479 Paperback Very Good 
The late Dr. Michihiko Hachiya was director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital when the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Thoug h his responsibilities in the appalling chaos of a devastated city were awe some, he found time to record the story daily, with compassion and tenderne ss. His compelling diary was originally published by the UNC Press in 1955, with the help of Dr. Warner Wells of the University of North Carolina at C hapel Hill, who was a surgical consultant to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commi ssion and who became a friend of Dr. Hachiya. In a new foreword, John Dower reflects on the enduring importance of the diary fifty years after the bom bing. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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Funny Business: An Outsider's Year in Japan, Katzenstein, Gary J.
3 Katzenstein, Gary J. Funny Business: An Outsider's Year in Japan
Prentice Hall Trade 1990 0133452328 / 9780133452327 Paperback Very Good 
Katzenstein was chosen from among thousands of young applicants to spend a year working at Sony and experiencing Japanese culture firsthand. Armed wit h degrees in business and computer science, he set out for Tokyo. The resul ts proved fascinating and painfully hilarious. 
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4 Katzenstein, Gary J. Funny Business: Outsider's Year in Japan
Grafton Books 1990 0246136723 / 9780246136725 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A wonderful tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscri ptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. The story of a year spent in Japan studying Japanese management techniques. The author intended spending a year at the giant Sony corporation learning how they did things there but in fact came up against a dense network of incomprehensible rules, learning how big a difference existed between the Japanese and Westerners. It is a look at the Japanese way of life, both at work and at play. 
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On Familiar Terms: To Japan and Back, a Journey Across Cultures, Keene, Donald
5 Keene, Donald On Familiar Terms: To Japan and Back, a Journey Across Cultures
Kodansha America 1996 1568361297 / 9781568361291 Paperback Very Good 
The intimate memoirs of the renowned scholar who "discovered" modern Japane se literature. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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6 Koriyama, Naoshi Another Bridge over the Pacific: A Man from an Island and His American Wife
Vantage Pr 1993 0533103851 / 9780533103850 1st Edition Hardcover F/NF 
A highly collectible first edition/printing,signed by the author,a tight cl ean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped du stjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Another Bridge over the Pacific 
Price: 4000.00 JPY
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Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai, Lowry, Dave
7 Lowry, Dave Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai
Shambhala 2001 1570621152 / 9781570621154 Paperback Good 
Dave Lowry juxtaposes his singular experience as an adept student of kenjut su (the art of swordsmanship) under a Japanese teacher in St. Louis with a riveting account of the samurai tradition in Japan. Intertwining tales of t he masters with reflections on his own apprenticeship in the samurai's arts , he reveals in their time-honored methods a way of life with profound rele vance to modern times. The result is a fascinating, singular autobiography. Lowry captures the sense of wonder and mystery that makes martial arts com pelling to so many practitioners. Even those who do not practice martial ar ts will delight in this unusual coming-of-age story. 
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The Passing Summers - The Japanese Mystique: Charm and Consequence, Machida, Ivy C.
8 Machida, Ivy C. The Passing Summers - The Japanese Mystique: Charm and Consequence
Printed Matter Press 2010 1933606215 / 9781933606217 Paperback As New 
Ivy C. Machida writes about her life in terms of Nature's give and take wit h her as she embarked on an odyssey from the sun-shiny tropical isle of her native Singapore across the rainbow, full of hope and wonder at what lay b eyond. As we journey with her through the varied phases of her life, she re veals with candor and poignancy the events and relationships that shaped he r in her journey of personal discovery in America in the mid-1960s. There s he met Jay Machida and she writes about her adventure in life and politics with Jay as she returned with him to the mystical land of Japan which had c aptivated her, and to the lush countryside and hometown of his ancestors. A s an unlikely political spouse, she stood by Jay when he heeded the call to ancestral duty, first as Prefectural Assemblyman and then as Mayor in the rapidly modernizing environment, in the aftermath of the receding American presence. She chronicles the political process with vision and passion, and gives momentum to the awareness and excitement generated by Jay's politica l campaigns and projects for the city. With heartrending glimpses into the bewildering world of small-town mores, I.M. provides rich insights into and her perceptions of the quintessential myths and biases of the Japanese cou ntryside, protective of its own, while see-sawing between opposing belief s ystems. In the process, she strengthens her sense of self and identity as s he came to re-define herself as foreign wife, displaced widow and mother of her two sons, as the days of her sojourn expanded in the formidable land - the other end of the rainbow. 
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Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa, Nogami, Teruyo
9 Nogami, Teruyo Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa
Stone Bridge Press 2006 1933330090 / 9781933330099 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Teruyo Nogami was a relative newcomer to film production when hired as a co ntinuity/script assistant on Akira Kurosawa 's Rashomon. A witness to its f ilming-and its near destruction in a fire-over the next fifty years she wor ked on all the master's films- Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, and Dreams. No one was more closely involved in Kurosawa's productions, and in this me moir, charmingly illustrated with her own sketches, Nogami writes candidly about the director's energy, creativity, and his famous rages, telling the inside story on how so many classics of world cinema were made. Teruyo Nogami was Akira Kurosawa's script supervisor throughout his career, more importantly she was his loyal assistant and supporter during both the good and bad moments of his life. She is an extraordinary woman and these memories are a path to understanding the temperament and genius of one of t he few... geniuses of cinematic history. It's not uncommon for a film direc tor to have made one or two great films, but Kurosawa was able to create ma ny masterpieces in many styles, set in both modern and classic times. So th e opportunity to know this artist through the lucid eyes of a long-time col laborator is a privilege and an opportunity. Nogami-san's salty personality is perfect to show his many sides, not always flattering, which is essenti al in grasping him. This book is a treasury of stories and a key to the gre at body of cinematic work of Akira Kurosawa." - Francis Ford Coppola "If you're interest 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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No One's Perfect, Ototake, Hirotada
10 Ototake, Hirotada No One's Perfect
Kodansha International (JPN) 2000 4770025009 / 9784770025005 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Hirotada Ototake -- known by his friends as Oto -- has proven again and aga in that hard work, humor, versatility, and an upbeat approach to life are a s valuable as limbs. No One's Perfect is his true account of how he met and beat one challenge after another. In a style purposefully meant to reach all ages, Oto writes about his uniqu e childhood growing up in Japan, a country that traditionally has shielded the disabled from the public eye. From his earliest days, he brought such a winning optimism into the crowds around him -- curious kindergartners, ske ptical members of the school board, gaping passersby -- that people soon lo st sight of what was missing. Now, as a young adult, Oto has taken on the work of establishing a "barrier -free" environment for others, in the government, in the media, in the eyes of all he meets. His book has sold over four million copies in Japan, wher e he has utterly changed the way people view the disabled. Unsentimental and understated -- you know the day-to-day routine couldn't h ave been as easy as he makes it sound -- Oto's message nonetheless hits the heart. Strong parents and unconventional teachers bucked the rigid status quo to give Oto a chance at a normal life, and he took it from there. Runni ng races, joining the basketball team, learning to swim, even getting into fights, he helped make his classmates realize that he was one of the gang. They then found themselves joining forces with him to break down the barrie rs he faced. No One's Perfect is the triumphant story of one young man's incredible courage and delight in what life can offer. It's also a campaign to illustrate how accep 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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Getting Genki In Japan: The Adventures and Misadventures of an American Fam ily in Tokyo, Pond, Karen
11 Pond, Karen Getting Genki In Japan: The Adventures and Misadventures of an American Fam ily in Tokyo
Tuttle Publishing 2012 4805311762 / 9784805311769 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. The unexpected gift of a favored bottle of shiraz from her husband leads to the adventure of a lifetime for Karen Pond and her family-moving from rura l Maine to the largest city in the world: Tokyo, Japan. Getting Genki in Japan is a collection of illustrated travel and culture essays and musings of a Down East Mom's absurd and exhilarating adventures in the Far East. From bewildered and befuddled (and back again) to (somewhat) wise, these narratives recount a journey of cultural discoveries, experiences and the follies of a newcomer to Japan; including (mis)identifying food, (mis)pronouncing Japanese, (mis)pantomiming for necessities, and finally figuring out how to flush the Japanese toilet! 
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12 Reischauer, Haru Samurai and Silk
TUTTLE 1987 4805305053 / 9784805305058 Paperback Very Good 
"Samurai and Silk" is a rare treasure: a book of penetrating insight into t he Japanese character and the forging of modern Japan from the feudal Tokug awa shoguns to present day economic titans. Only Haru Reischauer could have written this extraordinary family account, beginning with her two illustri ous grandfathers: one, a provincial samurai who became a founding father of the Meiji government; the other, a scion of a wealthy and enterprising pea sant family who almost single-handedly developed the silk trade with Americ a. Their remarkable stories, and those of their notable descendants, demons trate the unbounded vision and determination that explain so much about Jap an's legendary success. 
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Somehow, We'll Survive: Life in Japan During World War II Through The Eyes Of A Young Caucasian Boy, Sidline, George
13 Sidline, George Somehow, We'll Survive: Life in Japan During World War II Through The Eyes Of A Young Caucasian Boy
Vera Vista Publishing 2007 0979283604 / 9780979283604 Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, drawing the United States into World War II. Living in Japan is a small group of foreigners who have established residency many years earlier. Most of them have businesses that involve trade--import-export, retail stores and wholesale establishments. Their children go to English-language Christian missionary schools taught b y American, British, Canadian and other nationalities who all suddenly beco me enemy aliens most of whom are repatriated or interned. But citizens of a llied and neutral nations as well as those who are stateless continue their normal way of life. Like other stateless residents, the Sidlines are permi tted to remain in Japan. As the war progresses, devastating air raids leave most of the cities uninhabitable. Life becomes more difficult and the popu lation, both native and foreign, starts feeling the effects of deprivation. The Sidlines experience harrowing events that almost cost them their lives . After the war ends, earning a living becomes a formidable task. In this m emoir, George Sidline, who was seven years old in 1941, describes what life was like for his family living in Kobe, including their friendship with Am erican POWs at Marks House, adjacent to the Sidline home. George Sidline wa s persuaded to write this book by many people who were unaware that foreign ers lived in Japan during the war. The book is well illustrated with photos and is a must-read for anyone interested in this little known aspect of th e periphery of war in the Pacific. 
Price: 2000.00 JPY
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The Japanese Filmography: A Complete Reference to 209 Filmmakers and the Ov er 1250 Films Released in the United States, 1900 Thr, Stuart, IV Galbraith
14 Stuart, IV Galbraith The Japanese Filmography: A Complete Reference to 209 Filmmakers and the Ov er 1250 Films Released in the United States, 1900 Thr
McFarland & Company 1996 0786400323 / 9780786400324 Hardcover Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. This encyclopedic reference work treats a near-centurys worth of Japanese films released in the United States in theaters or on video and the important actors, directors, producers and technical personnel involved in them. For people, each entry provides birth date, education, death when appropriate, a brief biography, and a filmography. The movies are arranged by original U.S. release titles, and include cast and production credits, studio, Japanese and U.S. distributor, sound format, running time in both the U.S. and Japanese versions, release dates in both countries, alternate titles, and rating, when appropriate, of U.S. release. 
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15 Tennant, Susan The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue: An English translation of Mu sume Junreiki
CreateSpace Independent Publ 2010 1450540759 / 9781450540759 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. A young woman of 24 set off alone in 1918 to walk the 1400 kilometre pilgrimage route around the island of Shikoku. Her dream of a solitary journey ended when an old man of 73 met early on her journey insisted that he accompany her as servant and protector because he believed that she was an attendant of Kannon Bosatsu. This book is her account of their extraordinary experiences during the five month journey. The 105 newspaper articles that she wrote while making her pilgrimage made her a celebrity in Japan. In later years the woman, Takamure Itsue, became well known in Japan as a poet, intellectual, scholar, historian, feminist and anarchist. 
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Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in J apan, Whiting, Robert
16 Whiting, Robert Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in J apan
Vintage 2000 0375724893 / 9780375724893 Paperback Very Good 
"A fascinating look at some fascinating people who show how democracy advan ces hand in hand with crime in Japan."--Mario Puzo In this unorthodox chronicle of the rise of Japan, Inc., Robert Whiting, au thor of You Gotta Have Wa, gives us a fresh perspective on the economic mir acle and near disaster that is modern Japan. Through the eyes of Nick Zappetti, a former GI, former black marketer, failed professional wrestler, bungling diamond thief who turned himself into "the Mafia boss of Tokyo and the king of Rappongi," we meet the players and the losers in the high-stakes game of postwar finance, politics, and criminal corruption in which he thrived. Here's the story of the Imperial Hotel diamond robbers, who attempted (and may have accomplished) the biggest heist in Tokyo's history. Here is Rikidozan, the professional wrestler who almost single-handedly revived Japanese pride, but whose own ethnicity had to be kept secret. And here is the story of the intimate relationships shared by Japan's ruling party, its financial combines, its ruthless criminal gangs, the CIA, American Big Business, and perhaps at least one presidential relative. Here is the underside of postwar Japan, which is only now coming to light. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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