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1 Foster, Michael Dylan PANDEMONIUM AND PARADE: JAPANESE MONSTERS AND THE CULTURE OF YOKAI / EDITIO N 1
9780520253629 2008 0520253620 / 9780520253629 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. Water sprites, mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, and the monsters known as ykai have long haunted the Japanese cultural landscape. This history of the strange and mysterious in Japan seeks out these creatures in folklore, encyclopedias, literature, art, science, games, manga, magazines, and movies, exploring their meanings in the Japanese cultural imagination and offering an abundance of valuable and, until now, understudied material. Michael Dylan Foster tracks ykai over three centuries, from their appearance in seventeenth-century natural histories to their starring role in twentieth-century popular media. Focusing on the intertwining of belief and commodification, fear and pleasure, horror and humor, he illuminates different conceptions of the "natural" and the "ordinary" and sheds light on broader social and historical paradigms-and ultimately on the construction of Japan as a nation. 
Price: 1200.00 JPY
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2 Kingston, Jeff CONTEMPORARY JAPAN: HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIAL CHANGE SINCE THE 1980S / EDITION 2
9781118315071 2012 1118315073 / 9781118315071 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. The second edition of this comprehensive study of recent Japanese history n ow includes the author's expert assessment of the effects of the earthquake and tsunami, including the political and environmental consequences of the Fukushima reactor meltdown. Fully updated to include a detailed assessment of the aftermath of the Marc h 2011 earthquake and tsunami Shows how the nuclear crisis at Fukushima was an accident waiting to happen Includes detailed discussion of Japan's energy policy, now in flux after th e mishandling of the Fukushima crisis Analyzes Japan's 'Lost Decades', why jobs and families are less stable, env ironmental policies, immigration, the aging society, the US alliance, the i mperial family, and the 'yakuza' criminal gangs Authoritative coverage of Japanese history over the last two decades, one of the country's most tumultuous periods. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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3 Manning, Paul HIROHITO: THE WAR YEARS
Random House Publishing Grou 1989 0553347950 / 9780553347951 Paperback Very Good 

Price: 700.00 JPY
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4 Shimizu, Yoshiaki JAPAN: THE SHAPING OF DAIMYO CULTURE, 1185-1868
Braziller, George Inc 1988 0807612146 / 9780807612149 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Overshadowed by shoguns and fierce samurai, the daimyo were feudal warlords who controlled Japan's provinces for much of the medieval and early modern epochs. Daimyo culture refined and reshaped samurai traditions; the warlor ds, whose collective self-image called for mastery of the arts of peace, to ok nature painting, calligraphy, handscrolls and the tea ceremony to new he ights of expressive beauty. Daimyo warriors practiced Zen meditation and wr ote poetry, following the example set by General Yoritomo (1147-1199), feud al lord of Kamakura, who later assumed the title of shogun. The cult of Bus hido, the ``way of the warrior,'' was led by daimyo chieftains steeled by C onfucian precepts of dedicated service. This breathtaking album catalogues an exhibit now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.the first U.S. show devoted to daimyo culture. Shimizu, a Princeton professor, provid es extensive comments on the plates which depict armor, silk brocades, mask s, religious sculpture, ceramics and props for the Noh theater. (Jan.) - Pu blishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly In feudal Japan the daimyo were a class of warrior rulers who administered territories awarded to them by the shoguns. They maintained fighting abilities while cultivating the peacetime arts such as poetry, No theater, painting, and the tea ceremony. They also patronized Buddhist monasteries and temples and commissioned the production of religious art. This volume is the catalog of a fine exhibition of works from the daimyo culture that opened in fall 1988 in Washington, D.C. Calligraphy, painting, sculpture, arms and armor, lacquer, ceramics and textiles-. 
Price: 1400.00 JPY
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