Short Stories & Essays

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1 Akutagawa, Ryunosuke RASHOMON AND OTHER STORIES
Tuttle Publishing 2001 0804814570 / 9780804814577 Paperback Very Good 
This fascinating collection gave birth to a new paradigm when Akira Kurosaw a made famous Akutagawa's disturbing tale of seven people recounting the sa me incident from shockingly different perspectives.Writing at the beginning of the twentieth century, Ryunosuke Akutagawa created disturbing stories o ut of Japan's cultural upheaval. Whether his fictions are set centuries pas t or close to the present, Akutagawa was a modernist, writing in polished, superbly nuanced prose subtly exposing human needs and flaws. "In a Grove," which was the basis for Kurosawa's classic film Rashomon, tells the chilli ng story of the killing of a samurai through the testimony of witnesses, in cluding the spirit of the murdered man. The fable-like "Yam Gruel" is an ac count of desire and humiliation, but one in which the reader's sympathy is thoroughly unsettled. And in "The Martyr," a beloved orphan raised by Jesui t priests is exiled when he refuses to admit that he made a local girl preg nant. He regains their love and respect only at the price of his life. All six tales in the collection show Akutagawa as a master storyteller and an e xciting voice of modern Japanese literature. 
Price: 550.00 JPY
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2 Copel, Nicus AOI ME, KUROI ME: BLUE EYED, BLACK EYED / NICUS COPEL
Hirai-Tai Books 4946492119 / 9784946492112 Tapa dura (Tan Very Good 

Price: 500.00 JPY
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3 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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TOKYO CONFIDENTIAL: TITILLATING TALES FROM JAPAN'S WILD WEEKLIES, Schreiber, Mark
4 Schreiber, Mark TOKYO CONFIDENTIAL: TITILLATING TALES FROM JAPAN'S WILD WEEKLIES
The East Publications 2001 4915645193 / 9784915645198 Paperback Very Good 
Tokyo Confidential collects over 100 of the most irreverent and controversi al stories toemerge from Japan's weeklies over the past decade, as adapted from the original Japanese. The result is a hair-raising ride--and a forcef ul reminder that there is more to Japan than Mt. Fuji, Zen gardens, cherry blossoms and a tarnished economic miracle. Tokyo Confidential is a sociolog y textbook, supermarket tabloid and adventure comic, all wrapped into one. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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5 Umehara, Takeshi LOTUS AND OTHER TALES OF MEDIEVAL JAPAN
Charles E. Tuttle Co 1996 0804820988 / 9780804820981 Paperback Near Fine 
Here is a collection of eight tales set in medieval Japan. Modeled on the l ively literary styles of setsuwa, oto-zoshi, and sekkyo bushi, themes range from the comic to the erotic and from the adventurous to the bizarre. Umeh ara delights in confronting the reader's preconceptions, breaking the estab lished taboos of contemporary Japanese culture. --This text refers to an ou t of print or unavailable edition of this title. Editorial Reviews Language Notes Text: English (translation) Original Language: Japanese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 
Price: 1200.00 JPY
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THE MASACADO SCROLLS VOLUME I., Whipple, Charles T.
6 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
7 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." 
Price: 1900.00 JPY
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ROTARY SUSHI: MANY KINDS OF STORIES = KAITEN ZUSHI, Wright, Hillel
8 Wright, Hillel ROTARY SUSHI: MANY KINDS OF STORIES = KAITEN ZUSHI
New Orphic Publishers 2003 1894842014 / 9781894842013 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. 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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