Short Stories & Essays

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1 Copel, Nicus AOI ME, KUROI ME: BLUE EYED, BLACK EYED / NICUS COPEL
Hirai-Tai Books 4946492119 / 9784946492112 Tapa dura (Tan Very Good 

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CANADA AND JAPAN IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Miwa, Kimitada (Editor)
2 Miwa, Kimitada (Editor) CANADA AND JAPAN IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Oxford University Press 1992 0195408608 / 9780195408607 Paperback Very Good 
This collection of essays is intended as a bridge between two countries sep arated by physical distance and linguistic barriers. The essays explore the growth of social, diplomatic, economic, political, and religious ties betw een Canada and Japan from the turn of the century to the present, with each topic addressed by at least two articles, one from each of the countries. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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3 Pronko, Michael BEAUTY AND CHAOS: SLICES AND MORSELS OF TOKYO LIFE
Raked Gravel Press 2014 194241000X / 9781942410003 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. Tokyo--City of Contradictions? Yes and no! The largest city in the world te ems with chaotic energy and serene, human-scale beauty. Want to know the re al city? Writing about Tokyo for over 15 years, essayist and professor Mich ael Pronko opens up Tokyo life and reveals what's beneath the gleaming, puz zling exterior of the biggest city in the world. Whether contemplating Toky o's odd-shaped bonsai houses, endless walls of bottles, pachinko parlors, c hopstick ballet or the perilous habit of running for trains, the 45 essays in Beauty and Chaos explore Tokyo from inside to reveal the city's deeper m eanings and daily pleasures. In turns comic, philosophic, descriptive and e xasperated, Pronko's essays have been popular with Japanese readers for mor e than a decade. Essay Topics Include: Waiting to Blossom Cherry Tree Maps The Shout of English T-Shirts Hanging Menus Inside the Smallest Places Standing LibrariesIf you're traveling to Tokyo, these essays enlarge the significance and illuminate the contradictions of this fast-paced megalopolis. Part travelogue, part comparative culture, and all creative essay, Beauty and Chaos taps the mysteries of Tokyo and lets the meanings flow. 
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4 Pronko, Michael MOTIONS AND MOMENTS: MORE ESSAYS ON TOKYO
Raked Gravel Press 2015 1942410115 / 9781942410119 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. Motions and Moments†is the third book by Michael Pronko on the fluid feel and vibrant confusions of Tokyo life. These 42 new essays burrow into the u nique intensities that suffuse the city and ponder what they mean to its mi llions of inhabitants. Based on Pronko's 18 years living, teaching and writing in Tokyo, thes e essays on how Tokyoites work, dress, commute, eat and sleep are steeped i n insights into the city's odd structures, intricate pleasures and eng aging undertow. Included are essays on living to size and loving the crowd, on Tokyo's dizzying uncertainties and daily satisfactions, and on the 2011 earthquake . As in his first two books, this collection captures the ceaseless flow an d passing flashes of life in biggest city in the world with gentle humor an d rich detail. † Awards for Motions and Moments Gold Award Readers' Favorite Non-Fiction Cultural (September 2016) Gold Award Global E-Book Awards Travel Writing (August 2016) Gold Award Non-Fiction Author's Association (2016) Gold Honoree Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards Independent Book Publishers A ssociation (May 2016) Winner Best Indie Book Award Non-Fiction (November 2016) Silver Medal 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Best Adult Non-fiction Personal E-book (2016) Indie Groundbreaking Book by Independent Publisher Book Review (April 2016) Finalist National Indie Excellence Awards (2016) Finalist Foreword's Indiefab Book of the Year Awards (2016) Finalist Travel: Guides & Essays 2. 
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5 Pronko, Michael TOKYO'S MYSTERY DEEPENS: ESSAYS ON TOKYO
Raked Gravel Press 2014 1942410077 / 9781942410072 Paperback Like New 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. Is Tokyo unknowable? Mysterious? Confusing? Not in these essays! The biggest city in the world just became clearer! Writing about Tokyo for over 15 years, essayist and professor Michael Pronk o unlocks the doors to Tokyo life. These 48 essays reveal what's hidden beh ind the gleaming exteriors and unconcerned faces in the largest, most crowd ed city in the world. How to sweat politely, survive noise trucks and glance sideways are some of the many skills needed to live in Tokyo, but these tricks of daily life al so contain deep meanings. Pronko's essays muse over the minutest of details , everything from window flowers to moments of eye contact to the gestures needed to navigate crowded spaces. If you're traveling to Tokyo, living the re or just thinking of going, these essays point you toward the rich byways and fascinating undercurrents of Tokyo life. Essay Topics Include: Compact Life Tokyo Exhaustion The Lunch Ritual Mothers and Daughters Tokyo Doubled As in his first collection of essays, Beauty and Chaos, Pronko examines Tok yo as a city, a culture and an overpowering experience. Tokyo's Mystery Dee pens explores the enigmatic sides of Tokyo with humor, delicacy and a large dose of healthy confusion. Pronko writes about Japanese culture, art, jazz, society, architecture and politics for Newsweek Japan, The Japan Times, Artscape Japan, as well as other venues. He has appeared on NHK and Nippon Television and runs his own website, Jazz in Japan (www.jazzinjapan.com). He teaches American Literature an. 
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BOTANDORO - STORIES, FABLES, PARABLES, AND ALLEGORIES, Richie, Donald
6 Richie, Donald BOTANDORO - STORIES, FABLES, PARABLES, AND ALLEGORIES
Printed Matter Press, Tokyo 2008 1933606169 / 9781933606163 Paperback Very Good 
Donald Richie has been writing and publishing ever since he was a student i n the USA. Today in Tokyo he continues to write and publish. This book is " a Miscellany" of previously published and unpublished work from 1941 throug h 2005. The stories are arranged in five sections. Not content with simple storytelling Richie explores and experiments, but his work is always fluid and easy for both casual and thoughtful reader. Botandoro, The Peony Lanter n, gives this book its title but is just the first story in Part 1 which is devoted to stories with a Japan background. Part 2, early Richie writings, starts with A Day in the Park written in 1941. All written before he came to Japan. Part 3 holds stories written over later years. Part 4 and Part 5 each contain one longer story. 
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7 Richie, Donald VIEW FROM THE CHUO LINE AND OTHER STORIES
SARU Press 2007 096533046X / 9780965330466 Paperback Very Good/Very Good 
View from the Chuo Line and Other Stories by Donald Richie Fiction. Asian Studies. In this collection of twenty-seven short stories Donald Richie has shown people set in their ways but caught off guard by life itself. The minimality of the form emphasizes that moment of truth which James Joyce called an epiphany--the revelation which he said was the only reason for writing, or reading stories. The people are almost all Japanese--and Richie is not. Yet, though the peculiarities of culture may form them, it is a common humanity which is his subject. If, as Henry James once said, a story consists of a movement toward an understanding, then these small works are true stories--each plants a bonsai-like seed which grows in the mind and achieves its own full form. 
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THE MASACADO SCROLLS VOLUME I., Whipple, Charles T.
8 Whipple, Charles T. THE MASACADO SCROLLS VOLUME I.
CreateSpace Independent Publ 2013 1481903594 / 9781481903592 Paperback Fine 
~ Four action-filled stories of Japanese legends, quests, and fantasy in on e volume from award winning author Charles T. Whipple ~ The Fall of Awa The evil Toh, in a pact with Lord Yami, rampage into the Kantoh kingdoms of th e east. One by one, the kingdoms fall until only the tiny country of Awa re mains. Ryo, the child of Tsubomi, has the gift of reikan, which allows her to sense and see dark forces. She sees evil attacking Nokogiriyama castle a nd rushes to warn Lord Masaharu. Still, the castle falls, Masaharu commits hara-kiri, and Tsubomi and Ryo become slaves of the Funin outcasts. Yet all is not lost. The Shadow Shield Earning a place among the Kage costs Kaku t he little finger on his left hand. He is there Kage warriors capture Nokogi riyama castle, where he first sees Ryo. Now he knows she's the Seeker and s adame calls him to be her Shielder. He must go to her side, even though oni demons, hannama beings, and giant squid bar the way. Picking up two truste d companions, Gulan the Tengu and Nanashi the nameless woman, he battles hi s way to Awa Omote and Ryo. Road to Kio As is the custom, Masacado has a di fferent youth name--Soma-no-Koziro. When he is five years old, the prophete ss sends him on a journey to Kio, the city of the Emperor. Ryo the Seeker, Kaku the Shielder, Gulan the Tengu, and Nanashi the nameless woman accompan y him, together with Kage warriors. They enter a cavern in search of the se cret shrine of Amaterasu, Yami caves it in. All are trapped except Koziro a nd Moribei the wolf. The Horse Soldiers Yotsu horse-soldier mercenaries tra ditionally hire out to the Toh. Noritsugu, captain of the Yotsu contingent. 
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JUNGLE CROWS: A TOKYO EXPATRIATE ANTHOLOGY, Wright, Editor) Hillel (Author
9 Wright, Editor) Hillel (Author JUNGLE CROWS: A TOKYO EXPATRIATE ANTHOLOGY
Printed Matter Press 2007 1933606126 / 9781933606125 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 voices of expatriates issue from the edges of existence, and in Tokyo, this means half-empty cars on wee-hour train commutes, sparse beaches in sw imming-pool sized parks, darkened cinemas at the peak of the morning rush-h our -- precious loci of intimacy in the world's most populas mega-city. ("A t night Tokyo expands," writes Jonathan Mack. "Air rushes in.") Some of the se writings move far beyond the city's perimeters to recount pasts often de sperately escaped but still longed for, still present (we even visit Dostoe vsky in Germany!), because living elsewhere provides a fresh perspective on the new land and the old. Samuel Johnson wrote: "To be happy at home is th e ultimate result of all ambition," and perhaps of all expatriates. This ri ch collection of stories, poems and musings is a testament to the power of language to traverse time and space in the global sprawl of the 21st centur y -- and its writings strongly suggest that 'home' is fast being redefined. (Roland Kelts, author or Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has invade d the US) Jungle Crows sheds light on what's been going on in English ex-pat fiction and poetry (most especially performance poetry) in recent years, and in dark and light places in the greater Tokyo area. The writing in this anthology tends toward the urban and colloquial. ribs crack "like so many chopsticks." A newly-fired worker, to a junior high school student in a sailor uniform. "I don't usually like to be seen, but I've seen you here before." 
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