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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 Kakehashi, Kumiko So Sad To Fall In Battle: An Account of War Based on General Tadamichi Kuri bayashi's Letters from Iwo Jima
Presidio Press 2007 0891419039 / 9780891419037 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
The Battle of Iwo Jima has been memorialized innumerable times as the subje ct of countless books and motion pictures, most recently Clint Eastwood's f ilms Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, and no wartime photo i s more famous than Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize-winning image of Marines raising the flag on Mount Suribachi. Yet most Americans know only one side of this pivotal and bloody battle. First published in Japan to great acclai m, becoming a bestseller and a prize-winner, So Sad to Fall in Battle shows us the struggle, through the eyes of Japanese commander Tadamichi Kuribaya shi, one of the most fascinating and least-known figures of World War II. As author Kumiko Kakehashi demonstrates, Kuribayashi was far from the stere otypical fanatic Japanese warrior. Unique among his country's officers, he refused to risk his men's lives in suicidal banzai attacks, instead creatin g a defensive, insurgent style of combat that eventually became the Japanes e standard. On Iwo Jima, he eschewed the special treatment due to him as an officer, enduring the same difficult conditions as his men, and personally walked every inch of the island to plan the positions of thousands of unde rground bunkers and tunnels. The very flagpole used in the renowned photogr aph was a pipe from a complex water collection system the general himself e ngineered. Exclusive interviews with survivors reveal that as the tide turned against him, Kuribayashi displayed his true mettle: Though offered a safer post on another island, he chose to stay with his men, fighting alongside them in a final, fearless, and ultimately hopeless three-hour siege. Af 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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3 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
4 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. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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The Passing Summers - The Japanese Mystique: Charm and Consequence, Machida, Ivy C.
5 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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No One's Perfect, Ototake, Hirotada
6 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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7 Ruggieri, Mary A. From Japan With Love: 1946-1948
Portsmouth Publishing 2007 0979875714 / 9780979875717 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. An American girl left college to join the Women's Army Corps during WWII, and volunteered for postwar duty in Japan. Sixty years later she shares that historic period of her life, 1946 to 1948, through her personal letters, journals and photographs from a country just beginning its recovery from war. This is an engaging account of an American WAC, at work and at play, coping with the U.S. Army, marveling at Japan's people, cultures and customs, lamenting the destruction and despair of war, and falling deeply in love with the soldier she would later marry. From Japan With Love is a personal and historical treasure, a story of East meets West, rich with details and striking, evocative images. 
Price: 3000.00 JPY
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8 Schlosstein, Steven Yakuza: The Japanese Godfather
Stratford Books 1990 0962706019 / 9780962706011 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Good 

Price: 800.00 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
9 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. 
Price: 7000.00 JPY
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The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue: An English translation of Mu sume Junreiki, Tennant, Susan
10 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. 
Price: 1200.00 JPY
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