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THE BROTHERS: THE HIDDEN WORLD OF JAPAN'S RICHEST FAMILY, Downer, Lesley
1 Downer, Lesley THE BROTHERS: THE HIDDEN WORLD OF JAPAN'S RICHEST FAMILY
Random House Adult Trade Pub 1995 0099576716 / 9780099576716 Paperback Good 
The Brothers: The Hidden World of Japan's Richest Family by Lesley Downer The epic, untold story of the men behind Japan's greatest business dynasty, and their rise from obscurity to extreme wealth and power, The Brothers re counts the public and private lives of the Tsutsumi family, who are to Japa n what the Rockefellers or the Gettys are to the West. Editorial Reviews The Sultan of Brunei and the Queen of England are said to be the only people in the world richer than Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, whose assets are variously estimated to be between $9 billion and $22 billion. Although largely unknown in the West, his family has played an important role in the development of post-WWII Japan. His father, founder of the Seibu corporation and a land developer, became speaker of the Diet and a dominant figure in business and government. Yoshiaki, who inherited the major portion of his father's estate, owns a sixth of all the land in Japan, and he too has been a powerful player in Japanese politics. His brother, Seiko, an accomplished writer, was less favored, inheriting a relatively small portion of the Tsutsumi estate; but he also built a business empire. In detailing the family's private and public lives, business dealings, brushes with the Mafia, mistresses, wives and political maneuvers, British journalist Downer (On the Narrow Road to the Deep North), with privileged access to the family, offers important and fresh insights into the last 50 years of Japanese history as it was touched by the Tsutsumi dynasty. In themselves, the family's personal relationships and scandals are the stuff of classic drama. (July) - Publishers Weekly. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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NUMBER 2 HOME: A STORY OF JAPANESE PIONEERS IN AUSTRALIA, Jones, Noreen
2 Jones, Noreen NUMBER 2 HOME: A STORY OF JAPANESE PIONEERS IN AUSTRALIA
Fremantle Arts Center Pr 2002 1863683682 / 9781863683685 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 Japanese who migrated to Australia before 1901 were not only the prosti tutes, pimps and pearlers of popular fiction. They were families, farmers a nd fishermen, entrepreneurs and itinerants. With determination and ambition many of them successfully established themselves in their new home. But th e few who were granted citizenship were later stripped of the status, and u ntold numbers made applications which were refused. With the outbreak of Wo rld War Two, property and possessions were confiscated, many were interned and most were denied permission to remain in the country when the war ended . Focusing on the stories of individuals, this engaging account examines the Japanese presence in Australia from the late colonial period until World War Two. 
Price: 900.00 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 First Hardcover F/NF Signed
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 English Library 4770029675 / 9784770029676 Paperback Bunk Very Good 

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NO ONE'S PERFECT, Ototake, Hirotada
7 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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FROM JAPAN WITH LOVE: 1946-1948, Ruggieri, Mary A.
8 Ruggieri, Mary A. FROM JAPAN WITH LOVE: 1946-1948
Portsmouth Publishing 2007 0979875714 / 9780979875717 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. An American girl left college to join the Women's Army Corps during WWII, and volunteered for postwar duty in Japan. Sixty years later she shares that historic period of her life, 1946 to 1948, through her personal letters, journals and photographs from a country just beginning its recovery from war. This is an engaging account of an American WAC, at work and at play, coping with the U.S. Army, marveling at Japan's people, cultures and customs, lamenting the destruction and despair of war, and falling deeply in love with the soldier she would later marry. From Japan With Love is a personal and historical treasure, a story of East meets West, rich with details and striking, evocative images. 
Price: 3000.00 JPY
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CONFESSIONS OF A YAKUZA: A LIFE IN JAPAN'S UNDERWORLD, Saga, Junichi
9 Saga, Junichi CONFESSIONS OF A YAKUZA: A LIFE IN JAPAN'S UNDERWORLD
Kodansha USA 1995 4770019483 / 9784770019486 Paperback Very Good 
This is the true story, as told to the doctor who looked after him just bef ore he died, of the life of one of the last traditional yakuza in Japan. It wasn't a "good" life, in either sense of the word, but it was an adventuro us one; and the tale he has to tell presents an honest and oddly attractive picture of an insider in that separate, unofficial world. In his low, hoarse voice, he describes the random events that led the son o f a prosperous country shopkeeper to become a member, and ultimately the le ader, of a gang organizing illegal dice games in Tokyo's liveliest entertai nment area. He talks about his first police raid, and the brutal interrogat ion and imprisonment that followed it. He remembers his first love affair, and the girl he ran away with, and the weeks they spent wandering about the countryside together. Briefly, and matter-of-factly, he describes how he c ut off the little finger of his left hand as a ritual gesture of apology. H e explains how the games were run and the profits spent; why the ties betwe en members of "the brotherhood" were so important; and how he came to kill a man who worked for him. What emerges is a contradictory personality: tough but not unsentimental; s tubborn yet willing to take life more or less as it comes; impulsive but ca reful to observe the rules of the business he had joined. And in the end, when his tale is finished, you feel you would probably have liked him if you'd met him in person. Fortunately, Dr. Saga's record of his long conversations with him provides a wonderful substitute for that meeting. 
Price: 650.00 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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ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS, TWIGGER, ROBERT
11 TWIGGER, ROBERT ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1999 0753808587 / 9780753808580 Paperback Good 
A brilliant and captivating insight into the bizarre nature of contemporary Japan.Adrift in Tokyo, teaching giggling Japanese highschool girls how to pronounce Tennyson correctly, Robert Twigger came to a revelation about him self: he'd never been fit. In a bid to escape the cockroach infestation and sweaty squalor of a cramped apartment in Fuji Heights, Twigger sets out to cleanse his body and his mind. Not knowing his fist from his elbow the aut hor is sucked into the world of Japanese martial arts, and the brutally dem anding course of budo training taken by the Tokyo Riot Police, where any as cetic motivation soon comes up against blood-stained dogis and fractured co llarbones.In Angry White Pyjamas Robert Twigger skilfully blends the ancien t with the modern - the ultra-traditionalism, ritual and violence of the do jo (training academy) with the shopping malls, nightclubs and scenes of eve ryday Tokyo life in the twenty-first century - to provide an entertaining a nd captivating glimpse of contemporary Japan. 
Price: 550.00 JPY
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TOKYO UNDERWORLD: THE FAST TIMES AND HARD LIFE OF AN AMERICAN GANGSTER IN J APAN, Whiting, Robert
12 Whiting, Robert TOKYO UNDERWORLD: THE FAST TIMES AND HARD LIFE OF AN AMERICAN GANGSTER IN J APAN
Pantheon 1999 0679419764 / 9780679419761 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A riveting account of the role of Americans in the evolution of the Tokyo u nderworld in the years since 1945. In the ashes of postwar Japan lay a gold mine for certain opportunistic, ex patriate Americans. Addicted to the volatile energy of Tokyo's freewheeling underworld, they formed ever-shifting but ever-profitable alliances with w arring Japanese and Korean gangsters. At the center of this world was Nick Zappetti, an ex-marine from New York City who arrived in Tokyo in 1945, and whose restaurant soon became the rage throughout the city and the chief wa tering hole for celebrities, diplomats, sports figures, and mobsters. Tokyo Underworld chronicles the half-century rise and fall of the fortunes of Zappetti and his comrades, drawing parallels to the great shift of wealth from America to Japan in the late 1980s and the changes in Japanese society and U.S.-Japan relations that resulted. In doing so, Whiting exposes Japan's extraordinary "underground empire": a web of powerful alliances among crime bosses, corporate chairmen, leading politicians, and public figures. It is an amazing story told with a galvanizing blend of history and reportage. 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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