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ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES

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May 18, 2019
'The Art of the Japanese Garden': Green-fingered insight into Japanese garden spaces
By delving into the history, development and intricate details of Japanese gardens, 'The Art of the Japanese Garden' brings new appreciation and awareness to the art form.
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May 11, 2019
'Much Ado About Nothingness': Exploring the diverse philosophies of the Kyoto School — review
James Heisig's 'Much Ado About Nothingness' strives to link the philosophies of Kirato Nishida and Hajime Tanabe with broader intellectual and artistic themes.
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May 4, 2019
Lafcadio Hearn's 'Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan': Reveling in the remote and mystical — review
Lafcadio Hearn's 'Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan' is an unmissable book offering a visceral, firsthand experience of a Japan now largely vanished.
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May 4, 2019
Come face to face with human mortality in Yukio Mishima's 'The Temple of Dawn' — review
A strange and uneven novel, Yukio Mishima's 'The Temple of Dawn,' the third volume in the 'Sea of Fertility' tetralogy, is an elegy to the loss of pureness in the Japanese national spirit.
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Apr 6, 2019
'Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths' review: Pulling no punches when it comes to the realities of war
In 'Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths,' manga artist and veteran Shigeru Mizuki brings the Pacific front of World War II to life with unflinching realism and a grotesque and sardonic humor.
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Mar 30, 2019
'The Missionary and the Libertine': Buruma's writing is incendiary, positively fizzling with ideas
'The Missionary and the Libertine,' an eclectic collection of essays by Ian Buruma, remains as readable today as when it was first published in 1996.
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Mar 23, 2019
William Gibson's 'Idoru': Tokyo sci-fi becomes full-blown reality
Satirical yet eerily plausible, William Gibson's 'Idoru' is a complex sci-fi novel set in post-quake Tokyo that addresses the often negative impacts technology has on our lives.
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Mar 9, 2019
'Japan in the World': A comprehensive analysis of Japan's international image
Published near the height of Japan's global economic power in 1993, 'Japan in the World' brings together essays that reflect on the country's place in international affairs.
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Mar 9, 2019
Kafu Nagai's 'Geisha in Rivalry' abounds with scheming, manipulation and, yes, sex
Although this edition of 'Geisha in Rivalry' is a translation of a censored version of the more racy original, it represents Nagai's rediscovery of the fast-disappearing traditional culture of Japan.
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Mar 2, 2019
Kenkichi Yamamoto's 'The Singing Heart': A window into modern Japanese poetry
Noted Japanese literary critic and writer Kenkichi Yamamoto's 'The Singing Heart' provides a satisfying, thematic introduction to modern Japanese poetry.
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Feb 23, 2019
Meet one of Japan's greatest modern philosophers in 'Nishida Kitaro: The Man and His Thought'
First published in Japanese in 1985, 'Nishida Kitaro: The Man and His Thought' brings together diverse essays about both Nishida and his philosophy of 'absolute nothingness' written by his former pupil Keiji Nishitani (1900-90).
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Feb 9, 2019
'Philosophers of Nothingness': Philosophy built on quietly gripping human dramas
Heisig's 'Philosophers of Nothingness' introduces the Kyoto School's three main philosophers: Kitaro Nishida, Hajime Tanabe and Keiji Nishitani.
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Feb 2, 2019
'The Lone Samurai': A meticulous portrait of warrior-legend Miyamoto Musashi
William Scott Wilson's definitive 2004 biography, 'The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi' stands out not only for its meticulous historical accuracy, but also for the author's expertise on samurai texts.
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Jan 26, 2019
With deft portraits and prescient predictions, Lafcadio Hearn's 'Kokoro' offers snapshots of early modern Japan
'Kokoro,' a collection of essays published in 1896 by the prolific Anglo-Irish author Lafcadio Hearn, teems with a diverse panorama of observations from a country swelling with national pride.
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Dec 22, 2018
Delve into a teenager's consciousness with Osamu Dazai's 'Schoolgirl'
Concise enough to be read in one sitting, 'Schoolgirl' combines Osamu Dazai's familiar themes of melancholy, alienation and despair with levity and humor.
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Dec 8, 2018
Kobo Abe's 'The Ark Sakura': A surreal narrative worth reading twice
'The Ark Sakura,' Kobo Abe's puzzling, dream-like narrative about an obese recluse living in a vast underground bunker, is a dense interlacing of punning wordplay, psychological excavation and surreal imagery.
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Dec 1, 2018
Escape from the everyday with Miyuki Miyabe's 'Brave Story'
Miyuki Miyabe's 'Brave Story' tackles pertinent adolescent issues that are juxtaposed against a supernatural realm of fantasy.
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Nov 24, 2018
Ryotaro Shiba's 'Clouds Above the Hill': A gift to anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of modern Japan
'Clouds Above the Hill' portrays, in rich detail, the first generation to grow up in the Meiji Era and culminates in Japan's surprising victory in the Russo-Japanese War.
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Nov 10, 2018
Rational analysis and mystic poetry combine in Kenzaburo Oe's 'Rouse Up O Young Men'
Through the poetry of William Blake, Kenzaburo Oe takes a new approach to probing the emotional consequences of his father's death, and parenting a severely disabled son.
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Nov 3, 2018
'The Old Bamboo-Hewer's Story': Deeply ingrained in the Japanese cultural imagination
"Taketori Monogatari," or "The Old Bamboo-Hewer's Story," is a fascinating piece of early Japanese literature, well worth the short read. Written in the 10th century, it is one of the earliest known Japanese prose narratives, and the story recounts the beloved folktale of the bamboo princess, Kaguya.

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