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47 Ronin
47 Ronin
by John Allyn
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47 Ronin is the unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. This set off a chain of events that led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese... (read more)

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The Kojiki: Records of Ancient Matters (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)
The Kojiki: Records of Ancient Matters (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)
by Basil H Chamberlain
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Written by imperial command in the eighth century, The Kojiki is the oldest surviving Japanese book. This compendium of early Japanese life provides a panorama of Japan during its formation.... (read more)

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Brief History of the Samurai
Brief History of the Samurai
by Jonathan Clements
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From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the samurai warrior. The samurai emerged as a warrior caste in medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of... (read more)

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Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan
Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan
by Giles Milton
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An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England and Japan, by the acclaimed author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg In 1611, the merchants of London's East India Company received a mysterious letter from Japan, written several years previously by a... (read more)

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Japan Before Perry: A Short History
Japan Before Perry: A Short History
by Conrad Totman
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By 1853 Japan had been transformed from a sparsely populated land of nonliterate tribal peoples into an elaborately structured commercial society sustaining massive cities and a varied array of sophisticated cultural production. In this authoritative... (read more)

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Foreign Images and Experiences of Japan
Foreign Images and Experiences of Japan
by William Mcomie
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The first in a three-volume series, Volume 1 begins with the earliest written reports from China in the first century AD and ends with a survey of Dutch reports from 1841, which marks the point when 'Japan had been amply described in all major respects',... (read more)

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Modern Passings: Death Rites, Politics, and Social Change in Imperial Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia Un)
Modern Passings: Death Rites, Politics, and Social Change in Imperial Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia Un)
by Andrew Bernstein
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What to do with the dead? In Imperial Japan, as elsewhere in the modernizing world, answering this perennial question meant relying on age-old solutions. Funerals, burials, and other mortuary rites had developed over the centuries with the aim of... (read more)

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Famous Japanese Swordsmen: Of the Two Courts Period
Famous Japanese Swordsmen: Of the Two Courts Period
by William De Lange
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From the author of the bestselling Famous Japanese Swordsmen: The Warring States comes more solid sword history in the guise of thrilling narrative. The Two Courts Period was a turning point in Japan's medieval era-a time when an unbridgeable rift... (read more)

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Early Modern Japan
Early Modern Japan
by Conrad Totman
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This thoughtfully organized survey of Japan's early modern period (1568-1868) is a remarkable blend of political, economic, intellectual, literary, and cultural history. The only truly comprehensive study in English of the Tokugawa period, it also... (read more)

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History of Japan to 1334
History of Japan to 1334
by George Sansom
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The author has attempted to eschew theoretical assumptions about human societies and confined himself to a straightforward narrative. He has made use of the work of leading Japanese historians, and consulted primary sources.... (read more)

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Everyday Life in Traditional Japan (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)
Everyday Life in Traditional Japan (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)
by Charles J Dunn
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andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;Everyday Life in Traditional Japanandlt;/iandgt; paints a vivid portrait of Tokugawa Japan, a time when contact with the outside world was deliberately avoided and the daily life of the different classes consolidated the... (read more)

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Yoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion: The Creation of the Soul of Japan (Asia Perspectives)
Yoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion: The Creation of the Soul of Japan (Asia Perspectives)
by Donald Keene
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During Yoshimasa's reign, the aesthetic taste of the Japanese was shaped: the nu theater flourished, Japanese gardens were developed, and the tea ceremony had its origins in a small room at the Silver Pavilion. Flower arrangement, ink painting, and shoin-... (read more)

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Everyday Life in Traditional Japan (Tut Books. S)
Everyday Life in Traditional Japan (Tut Books. S)
by Charles J Dunn
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Everyday Life in Traditional Japan paints a vivid portrait of Tokugawa Japan, a time when contact with the outside world was deliberately avoided and the daily life of the different classes consolidated the traditions that shaped modern Japan. Authentic... (read more)

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Shoguns Reluctant Ambassadors
Shoguns Reluctant Ambassadors
by Katherine Plummer
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A fascinating study of 11 groups of Japanese merchant sailors who were pulled out to sea by strong currents and cast adrift on foreign shores.... (read more)

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Conquest of Ainu Lands : Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion,1590-1800 (01 Edition)
Conquest of Ainu Lands : Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion,1590-1800 (01 Edition)
by Brett L. Walker
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This model monograph is the first scholarly study to put the Ainu—the native people living in Ezo, the northernmost island of the Japanese archipelago—at the center of an exploration of Japanese expansion during the seventeenth and eighteenth... (read more)

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The Forty-Seven Ronin Story
The Forty-Seven Ronin Story
by John Allyn
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47 Ronin Story is the classic Japanese story of Lord Asano of Ako and one of the bloodiest vendettas in Japan's feudal history. In a shocking clash between the warriors and the merchant class of seventeenth century Japan, there emerged the most unlikely... (read more)

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Giving Up the Gun
Giving Up the Gun
by Noel Perrin
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Was there ever a time when a civilization, technically sophisticated, and in full possession of its senses, reverted in an earlier, less advanced technology? You bet - Japan, 1543-1879. During this period Japan effectively prohibited all manufacture of... (read more)

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The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori
The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori
by Mark Ravina
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On September 24, 1877, Saigõ Takamori, one of Japan's most loyal and honored samurai, died in the bloodiest conflict Japan had seen in over two hundred years, a battle led by Saigõ and his band of loyal students. Now, more than 125... (read more)

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Warriors of Medieval Japan
Warriors of Medieval Japan
by Stephen Turnbull
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Combines material previously published as Warrior 29: Ashigaru 1467-1649, Warrior 64: Ninja AD 1460-1650, Warrior 70: Japanese Warrior Monks AD 949-1603, with a new section on Samurai, new images, and a new introduction and conclusion. The samurai remain... (read more)

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The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)
The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)
by Pierre Franc Souyri
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This unique synthetic history of Japan's "middle ages" is a remarkable portrait of a complex period in the evolution of Japan. Using a wide variety of sources -- ranging from legal and historical texts to artistic and literary examples -- to form a... (read more)

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