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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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On Familiar Terms: To Japan and Back, a Journey Across Cultures, Keene, Donald
2 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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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. 
Price: 2400.00 JPY
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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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Getting Genki In Japan: The Adventures and Misadventures of an American Fam ily in Tokyo, Pond, Karen
7 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! 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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Samurai and Silk, Reischauer, Haru
8 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. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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9 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
10 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
11 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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