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Murder in Japan: Japanese Stories of Crime and Detection, Apostolou, John L.
1 Apostolou, John L. Murder in Japan: Japanese Stories of Crime and Detection
Dembner Books 1987 0934878870 / 9780934878876 Hardcover Good/Good 
The psychological test / by Edogawa Rampo -- The red chamber / by Edogawa R ampo -- The razor / by Naoya Shiga -- Han's crime / by Naoya Shiga -- The t hief / by Junichiro Tanizaki -- In a grove / by Ryunosuke Akutagawa -- The affair of the Arabesque inlay / by Tatsuzo Ishikawa -- Black market blues / by Haruto Ko -- The secret alibi / by Seicho Matsumoto -- The woman who to ok the local paper / by Seicho Matsumoto -- Rain / by Shotaro Yasuoka -- Th e dream soldier / by Kobo Abe -- The pawnshop murder / by Shizuko Natsuki - - The sole of the foot / by Shizuko Natsuki. 
Price: 1200.00 JPY
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2 Ashizawa, Ethne Where Hydrangeas Grow
Carnegie Publishing 1996 1858214106 / 9781858214108 1st Edition Hardcover F/F 
A highly collectible first edition/printing,(inscribed by the author) a tig ht clean copy protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclippe d dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. 
Price: 1700.00 JPY
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Voice of the Sword: Book One of the "Sword, Mirror, Jewel" Trilogy, Catton, John Paul
3 Catton, John Paul Voice of the Sword: Book One of the "Sword, Mirror, Jewel" Trilogy
WinstonSaintPress 2012 4990632036 / 9784990632038 Paperback As New 
Book 1 of a brand-new YA urban fantasy series! 17-year-old Reiko Bergman th ought she had her hands full with exam stress and adjusting to life in mode rn Tokyo after 5 years in the USA - but her boyfriend has been possessed by a shadow-demon from another dimension, and creatures from Japanese mytholo gy are stalking the corridors of her school ... Her next lesson will be in a brand new subject: survival. 
Price: 1500.00 JPY
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4 Chiyo, Uno Story of a Single Woman
Kodansha Europe 0804819017 / 9780804819015 1st Edition Paperback Near Fine 
A tight clean Charles E Tuttle 1993 First Edition Soft Cover (not ex-lib) 
Price: 1400.00 JPY
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Golden Country, Endo, Shusaku
5 Endo, Shusaku Golden Country
Peter Owen Ltd 1989 0720607582 / 9780720607581 Hardcover Good/Good 
Tr. from the Japanese by F. Mathy. The events described in this play take p lace in 1633, 100 years after Christianity was introduced to Japan, by whic h time Japanese Christians were being cruelly persecuted by the government. The central character is a Portuguese Jesuit missionary. Given shelter by a Christian farming community, Father Ferreira is besieged by everyone for help, even by one of his chief persecutors. Eventually Ferreira leaves his faith. A moving problem play that explores the disparity between Eastern an d Western attitudes and the inner struggle that this must lead to in active Christians such as himself""-Far Eastern Economic Review. 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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Crystal Silence, Fujisaki, Shingo
6 Fujisaki, Shingo Crystal Silence
Kurodahan Press 2012 4902075059 / 9784902075052 Paperback Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: It is 2071, and Mars is being slowly terraformed by many nations often coop erating in an uneasy truce that reflects tensions back on Earth. The water of the polar ice cap, the most important resource for all the Mars colonies , is jointly controlled by the US, China, Japan and Russia, and doled out t o the second-tier colonizing groups (Europe, Canada, Australia, India) only grudgingly. A military build-up is under way as different groups jockey fo r control of this all-important resource, and then the bodies of what appea r to be intelligent aliens are found under the Martian ice. Saya Askai is dispatched from Earth in realtime, separating herself from th e virtual reality network that encompasses civilization, to investigate... and finds herself in a battleground of cyborgs, virtual reality plagues, an d Schwarzchild traps that she may only be able to navigate through safely w ith the help of people who probably don't exist... Originally published in 1999, Crystal Silence was promptly voted the best Japanese SF novel of the year in the annual poll run by Hayakawa SF Magazine. 
Price: 1500.00 JPY
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The Ouroboros Wave, Hayashi, Jyouji
7 Hayashi, Jyouji The Ouroboros Wave
Haikasoru 2010 1421536455 / 9781421536453 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. Ninety years from now, a satellite detects a nearby black hole scientists d ub Kali for the Hindu goddess of destruction. L to R (Western Style). Ninety years from now, a satellite detects a nearby black hole scientists dub Kali for the Hindu goddess of destruction. Humanity embarks on a generations-long project to tap the energy of the black hole, and found colonies on planets across the solar system. Earth and Mars and the moons Europa (Jupiter) and Titan (Uranus) develop radically different societies, with only Kali, that swirling vortex of destruction and creation, and the hated but crucial Artificial Accretion Disk Development association (AADD) in common. 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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8 Hirahara, Naomi Summer of the Big Bachi
Dell 2008 0440241545 / 9780440241546 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. In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American ga rdener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. Bu t while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he on ce hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi-the spirit of retribution-is knocking on his door. It begins when a stranger comes around, asking questions about a nurseryman who once lived in Hiroshima, a man known as Joji Haneda. By the end of the summer, Joji will be dead and Mas's own life will be in danger. For while Mas was building a life on the edge of the American dream, he has kept powe rful secrets: about three friends long ago, about two lives entwined, and a bout what really happened when the bomb fell on Hiroshima in August 1945. A spellbinding mystery played out from war-torn Japan to the rich tidewaters of L.A.'s multicultural landscape, this stunning debut novel weaves a powerful tale of family, loyalty, and the price of both survival and forgiveness. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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9 Ikenami, Shotaro Bridge of Darkness: The Return of the Master Assassin
Kodansha International 1993 4770017286 / 9784770017284 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A highly collectible first edition, tight clean copy, no inscriptions. 
Price: 4000.00 JPY
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10 Kizaki, Satoko The Sunken Temple
Kodansha International 1994 4770016794 / 9784770016799 1st Edition Hardcover F/F 
A wonderful tight clean copy,a first edition protected in a new brodart wra pper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE /BOMC edition. Well-written and evocative, like the author's previous short-story collection ( The Phoenix Tree ), this novel closely examines a half-dozen lives in a small fishing village on Japan's western coast, particularly those associated with the Buddhist temple of Shoeiji. From Yuko, the temple's overweight and cold mistress, to Shoji, a young boy recently arrived in the community, they all long for something without knowing exactly what it is. Into the village--which has a long tradition of folk spirituality, faith healing and sorcery--comes Chinoki, a young woman from the nearby mountains who is rumored to have special powers. Her presence throws Shoeiji temple into an uproar, especially since she quickly proves distracting to Yuko's son Harumitsu, who is expected to assume leadership of Shoeiji but seems more interested in sketching, guitar-playing and, now, Chikoni. The crystal-pure translation does justice to Kizaki's lovely, leisurely prose, which patiently takes 150 pages to set up the narrative's dramatic climax. But the ending, which involves one person's death and another's attempted suicide, feels rushed, and the characters' final acts remain enigmatic. 
Price: 3500.00 JPY
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Passover, Kometani, Fumiko
11 Kometani, Fumiko Passover
Carroll & Graf 1989 0881845094 / 9780881845099 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 

Price: 600.00 JPY
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12 Mishima, Yukio Forbidden colors
Knopf 1968 Hardcover Good/Good 

Price: 2000.00 JPY
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Vita Sexualis: A Novel, Mori, Ogai
13 Mori, Ogai Vita Sexualis: A Novel
Tuttle Publishing 1989 0804810486 / 9780804810487 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. Though banned three weeks after its publication in 1909, Vita Sexualis is f ar more than a prurient erotic novel. The narrator, a professor of philosop hy, wrestles with issues of sexual desire, sex education, and the proper pl ace of sensuality. He tells the story of his own journey into sexual awaren ess, spanning fifteen years, from his first exposure to erotic woodcuts at the age of six, to his first physical response to a woman, and his eventual encounter with a professional courtesan. Beyond being a poignant account o f one boy's coming of age, Vita Sexualis is also an important record of Jap an's moral struggles during the cultural upheaval of the last years of the Meiji era. In response to the publication of Vita Sexualis, Ogai Mori was reprimanded by Japan's vice-minister of war. 
Price: 900.00 JPY
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14 Nakayama, Chinatsu Behind the Waterfall
Virago Press Ltd 1990 1853812692 / 9781853812699 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A highly collectible first edition, tight clean copy, protected in a new br odart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Three novellas from a contemporary Japanese writer who is also a member of the Japanese parliament. A child actress struggles to comprehend the mysterious motives of the adults around her, a young wife is caught in a romantic triangle and the final story concerns an afternoon television programme. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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Light and Darkness, Natsume, Soseki
15 Natsume, Soseki Light and Darkness
Charles E. Tuttle Company 1986 480530278X / 9784805302781 Paperback Very Good 
Minor wear to cover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book: An unfinished novel by Sohseki Natsume; translated from the Japanese, with a critical essay by V.H. Viglielmo 
Price: 1800.00 JPY
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The Next Continent, Ogawa, Issui
16 Ogawa, Issui The Next Continent
Haikasoru 2010 142153441X / 9781421534411 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. Humanity is returning to the moon, but this time the mission is Japanese, a nd in private hands for commercial purposes. L to R (Western Style). Humanity is returning to the moon, but this time the mission is Japanese, and in private hands for commercial purposes. The year is 2025 and Otaba General Construction-a firm that has built structures to survive the Antarctic and the Sahara-has received its most daunting challenge yet. Sennosuke Touenji, the chairman of one of the world's largest leisure conglomerates, wants a moon base fit for civilian use, and he wants his granddaughter Tae to be his eyes and ears on the harsh lunar surface. Tae and Otaba engineer Aomine head to the moon where adventure, trouble, and perhaps romance await. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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The Tale of Genji: A Reader's Guide, Puette, William J.
17 Puette, William J. The Tale of Genji: A Reader's Guide
Tuttle Publishing 2004 0804833311 / 9780804833318 Paperback Near Fine 
The 11th century epic The Tale of Genji is rightly considered to be one of the finest works of writing and is, according to Nobel laureate Yasunari Ka wabata, the highest pinnacle of Japanese literature. Filled with sparkling poetry and imaginative wordplay, it follows the myriad adventures of Genji, an illegitimate son of the Emperor, blessed with great beauty and talent. 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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The Tale of Genji, Shikibu, Murasaki
18 Shikibu, Murasaki The Tale of Genji
Tuttle Publishing 2011 4805308729 / 9784805308721 Paperback Very Good 
Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and even Chaucer, The Tale of Genji marks the birth of the novel-and after more than a millennium, th is seminal work continues to enchant readers throughout the world. Lady Mur asaki Shikibu and her tale's hero, Prince Genji, have had an unmatched infl uence on Japanese culture. Prince Genji manifests what was to become an ima ge of the ideal Heian era courtier; gentle and passionate. Genji is also a master poet, dancer, musician and painter. The Tale of Genji follows Prince Genji through his many loves, and varied passions. This book has influence d not only generations of courtiers and samurai of the distant past, but ar tists and painters even in modern times-episodes in the tale have been inco rporated into the design of kimonos and handicrafts, and the four-line poem s called waka which dance throughout this work have earned it a place as a classic text in the study of poetry. This version by Kencho Suematsu was the first-ever translation in English. Condensed, it's a quarter length of the unabridged text, making it perfect for readers with limited time. 
Price: 1900.00 JPY
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19 Sono, Ayako Watcher from the Shore
Kodansha Amer Inc 1990 0870119389 / 9780870119385 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
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. Sono is very much published in her native Japan, but this is the first of her novels to be translated into English. 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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Rotary Sushi: Many Kinds of Stories, Wright, Hillel
20 Wright, Hillel Rotary Sushi: Many Kinds of Stories
Printed Matter Press, Tokyo 2004 4900178225 / 9784900178229 Paperback Very Good 
Hillel Wright is a product of the 60s and 70s. American, Canadian, hippie, wastrel, womanizer, fisherman, poet, teacher and masterful story teller. Th is book takes stories from all eras and most recently from his Japan period and adds one translation by Mihoro Kizuki. 
Price: 2500.00 JPY
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