Download E-books Kokoro PDF

By Natsume S?seki

No selection of eastern literature is whole with out Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most renowned novel and the final he accomplished prior to his loss of life. released right here within the first new translation in additional than fifty years, Kokoro--meaning "heart"-is the tale of a refined and poignant friendship among unnamed characters, a tender guy and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei". Haunted through tragic secrets and techniques that experience solid a protracted shadow over his lifestyles, Sensei slowly opens as much as his younger disciple, confessing indiscretions from his personal scholar days that experience left him reeling with guilt, and revealing, within the possible unbridgeable chasm among his ethical suffering and his student's fight to appreciate it, the profound cultural shift from one iteration to the following that characterised Japan within the early 20th century.

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Download E-books Creating a Public: People and Press in Meiji Japan PDF

By James L. Huffman

No establishment did extra to create a latest citizenry than the newspaper press of the Meiji interval (1868-1912). the following was once a set of hugely different, deepest voices that supplied expanding numbers of readers - many hundreds of thousands by way of the tip of the interval - with either its clean photograph of the area and a altering experience of its personal position in that global. making a Public is the 1st complete heritage of Japan's early newspaper press to seem in English in additional than part a century. Drawing on a long time of study in newspaper articles and editorials, journalists' memoirs and essays, govt files and press analyses, it tells the tale of Japan's newspaper press from its elitist beginnings earlier than the autumn of the Tokugawa regime via its years as a shaper of a brand new political method within the Eighties to its emergence as a nationalistic, usually sensational, medium early within the 20th century. greater than an institutional learn, this paintings not just strains the evolution of the press' top papers, their altering ways to circulate, information, and advertisements, and the personalities in their prime editors; it additionally examines the interaction among Japan's elite associations and its emerging city operating periods from a totally new point of view - that of the clicking. What emerges is the transformation of Japan's commoners (minshu) from uninformed, disconnected topics to lively voters within the nationwide political strategy - a latest public. Conversely, minshu start to play a decisive position in making Japan's newspapers livelier, extra sensational, and extra influential. As Huffman states in his advent: "The newspapers became the folk into voters; the folks became the papers into mass media." as well as offering new views on Meiji society and political lifestyles, making a Public addresses topics vital to the examine of mass media worldwide: the clash among social accountability and commercialization, the position of the clicking in spurring nationwide improvement, the interaction among readers' tastes and editors' ideas, the effect of sensationalism on nationwide social and political lifestyles. Huffman increases those concerns in a comparative context, touching on the Meiji press to American and jap press platforms at related issues of improvement. With its wide assurance of the press' function in modernizing Japan, making a Public should be of significant curiosity to scholars of mass media quite often in addition to experts of jap background.

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Download E-books Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan PDF

Within the tempestuous last a long time of the 16th century, the Empire of Japan writhes in chaos because the shogunate crumbles and rival warlords conflict for supremacy. Warrior clergymen of their armed citadels block the line to the capital; castles are destroyed, villages plundered, fields placed to the torch.

Amid this devastation, 3 males dream of uniting the country. At one severe is the charismatic yet brutal Nobunaga, whose ruthless ambition crushes all prior to him. on the contrary pole is the chilly, planned Ieyasu, clever in advice, courageous in conflict, mature past his years. however the keystone of this triumvirate is the main memorable of all, Hideyoshi, who rises from the menial publish of sandal bearer to develop into Taiko-absolute ruler of Japan within the Emperor's identify.

When Nobunaga emerges from obscurity by way of destroying a military ten instances the dimensions of his personal, he allies himself with Ieyasu, whose province is susceptible, yet whose canniness and loyalty make him precious. but it's the scrawny, monkey-faced Hideyoshi-brash, impulsive, and totally fearless-who turns into the not going savior of this ravaged land. Born the son of a farmer, he's taking at the international with not anything yet his naked fingers and his wits, turning doubters into unswerving servants, competitors into devoted associates, and enemies into allies. In all this he makes use of a piercing perception into human nature that unlocks fort gates, opens men's minds, and captures women's hearts. For Hideyoshi's passions are usually not restricted to warfare and intrigue-his trustworthy spouse, Nene, holds his love expensive, even if she needs to proportion it; the chaste Oyu, sister of Hideyoshi's leader strategist, falls prey to his wishes; and the seductive Chacha, whom he rescues from the fiery destruction of her father's citadel, tempts his weak point.

As acknowledged through Eiji Yoshikawa, writer of the overseas best-seller Musashi, Taiko tells many tales: of the fury of Nobunaga and the deadly conceitedness of the black-toothed Yoshimoto; of the pathetic downfall of the home of Takeda; how the scorned Mitsuhide betrayed his grasp; how as soon as impregnable ramparts fell as their defenders died gloriously. so much of all, notwithstanding, Taiko is the tale of the way one guy reworked a state throughout the strength of his will and the intensity of his humanity. choked with scenes of pageantry and violence, acts of treachery and self-sacrifice, tenderness and savagery, Taiko combines the panoramic spectacle of a Kurosawa epic with a vibrant evocation of feudal Japan.

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Download E-books I Haven't Dreamed of Flying for a While PDF

By Taichi Yamada

After twist of fate, sickness, and the lack of his task and marriage, forty-eight-year-old Taura meets Mutsuko, atmosphere his already derailed existence even extra off beam. Their first come upon is, unseen, in an overcrowded sanatorium. It later transpires that the mysterious Mutsuko is in her past due sixties, but if they subsequent meet she is more youthful, in her forties, and the 2 probably fall in love. With Mutsuko's age reducing whenever they meet, despite the fact that, time speedily begins to expire for those broken souls. brief and enigmatic, Yamada's novel is a daring and aggravating exploration of affection and loss.

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Download E-books Folk Legends from Tono: Japan's Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures PDF

By Ronald A. Morse

Boldly illustrated and beautifully translated, Folk Legends from Tono captures the spirit of jap peasant tradition present process fast transformation into the trendy period. this is often the 1st time those 299 stories were released in English. Morse’s insightful interpretation of the stories, his wealthy cultural annotations, and the evocative unique illustrations make this booklet unforgettable.

In 2008, a significant other quantity of 118 stories was once released via Rowman & Littlefield because the The Legends of Tono. Taken jointly, those books have an identical content material (417 stories) because the jap language booklet Tono monogatari.

Reminiscent of eastern woodblocks, the ink illustrations commissioned for the Folk Legends from Tono, reflect the imagery that jap villagers anticipated as they listened to a storyteller recite the tales.The tales catch the intense reports of genuine humans in a unique folks neighborhood. The stories learn like fiction yet contact the center of human emotion and social psychology. hence, the reader is taken on a paranormal journey throughout the psychic panorama of the japanese “spirit international” that was once part of its oral people culture for centuries.

All of this is often made attainable by means of the translator’s insightful interpretation of the stories, his delicate cultural annotations, and the visible attraction of the book’s illustrations. the solid of characters is wealthy and sundry, as we come upon yokai monsters, shape-shifting foxes, witches, grave robbers, ghosts, heavenly princesses, roaming clergymen, shamans, quasi-human mountain spirits, murderers, and lots more and plenty extra.

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Download E-books Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan PDF

Because the overdue 19th century, non secular rules and practices in Japan became more and more intertwined with these linked to psychological well-being and therapeutic. This dating built opposed to the backdrop of a miles broader, and deeply consequential assembly: among Japan’s long-standing, Chinese-influenced highbrow and institutional varieties, and the politics, technology, philosophy, and faith of the post-Enlightenment West. In striving to craft a latest society and tradition that may exist on phrases with – instead of be subsumed by way of – western strength and effect, Japan grew to become domestic to a religion--psy discussion trained by way of urgent political priorities and swiftly moving cultural concerns.

This publication offers a traditionally contextualized advent to the discussion among faith and psychotherapy in glossy Japan. In doing so, it attracts out connections among advancements in medication, executive coverage, jap faith and spirituality, social and cultural feedback, neighborhood dynamics, and gender kin. The chapters all specialize in the assembly and intermingling of non secular with psychotherapeutic principles and draw on quite a lot of case reviews together with: how temple and shrine ‘cures’ of early smooth Japan fared within the gentle of German neuropsychiatry; how jap Buddhist theories of brain, physique, and self-cultivation negotiated with the findings of western drugs; how Buddhists, Christians, and different firms and teams drew and redrew the traces among non secular praxis and mental therapeutic; how significant eu cures equivalent to Freud’s fed into self-consciously jap analyses of and coverings for the ills of the age; and the way misery, affliction, and individuality got here to be reinterpreted around the 20th and early twenty-first centuries, from the southern islands of Okinawa to the devastated northern neighbourhoods of the Tohoku area after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear failures of March 2011.

Religion and Psychotherapy in glossy Japan can be welcomed by way of scholars and students operating throughout a wide diversity of topics, together with jap tradition and society, non secular experiences, psychology and psychotherapy, psychological wellbeing and fitness, and foreign heritage.

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Download E-books Geisha in Rivalry PDF

By Kafū Nagai, Kurt Meissner, Ralph Friedrich, Shin Misho

EPUB/PDF eISBN: 9781462900756
Original ebook: 1918
Original book (english translation): 1963
Electronic ebook: 2011
Book writer: Kafu Nagai
Translators: Kurt Meissner, Ralph Friedrich
Illustrations: Shin Mishio

Geisha in competition, first released in 1918, is determined opposed to the backdrop of Tokyo's Shimbashi geisha district. the tale of 3 geisha, imperious Rikiji, gaudy Kikuchiyo, and the nalve heroine Komayo, Geisha in competition follows them of their look for a spot in a global that gives no effortless direction of break out from their occupation. With an entire forged of shiny characters taking part in out their dramas of illicit love, shady intrigue and unrelenting contention, Geisha in contention is the sordid yet interesting story of Komayo, her fans, and the ladies who conspire to scouse borrow them from her.

About the Author
Kafu Nagai (1879-1959), the most effective recognized and hottest of eastern novelists in the course of the first half the 20 th century, had a flexible profession as newspaper reporter, financial institution clerk, college instructor, playwright, essayist, diarist, and lecturer on woodblock prints. He at the beginning accomplished reputation as a author with stories of the US and stories of France, items of a sojourn out of the country. The River Sumida and The Sneer are between his best works. an odd story from East of the River is usually considered as the masterpiece of his overdue years. His works are famous for his or her depictions of lifestyles in early twentieth-century Tokyo, specially between geisha, prostitutes, cabaret dancers, and different population of the city's full of life leisure districts.

Translator Kurt Meissner, a German businessman and an enthusiastic admirer of eastern tradition, resided in Japan virtually continually from 1906. He translated various jap literary works into his local language and was once popular for selling Japanese-German kin. He used to be a private good friend of Kafu Nagai. Ralph Friedrich, his collaborator, lived in Japan from 1946. He translated jap children's books into English and authored a set of poetry. He was once previously an editor with the Charles E. Tuttle corporation.

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Download E-books Machinic Eros: Writings on Japan PDF

By Félix Guattari

The French thinker Félix Guattari often visited Japan throughout the Eighties and arranged exchanges among French and eastern artists and intellectuals. His immersion into the “machinic eros” of jap tradition positioned him into touch with media theorists reminiscent of Tetsuo Kogawa and activists in the mini-FM neighborhood (Radio domestic Run), documentary filmmakers (Mitsuo Sato), photographers (Keiichi Tahara), novelists (Kobo Abe), across the world famous architects (Shin Takamatsu), and dancers (Min Tanaka). From pachinko parlors to high-rise highways, along company matches and between alt-culture comrades, Guattari placed himself into the thick of eastern becomings in the course of a interval during which the bubble economic system persevered to mutate. This number of essays, interviews, and longer meditations exhibits an intensive philosopher exploring the architectural surroundings of Japan’s “machinic eros.”

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Download E-books The Crab Cannery Ship and Other Novels of Struggle PDF

By Takiji Kobayashi, Zeljko Cipris

This assortment introduces the paintings of Japan’s ideal Marxist author, Kobayashi Takiji (1903–1933), to an English-speaking viewers, supplying entry to a colourful, dramatic, politically engaged aspect of jap literature that's seldom noticeable outdoors Japan. the quantity offers a brand new translation of Takiji’s fiercely anticapitalist Kani kōsen―a vintage that grew to become a runaway bestseller in Japan in 2008, approximately 8 many years after its 1929 ebook. It additionally bargains the first-ever translations of Yasuko and Life of a celebration Member, extraordinary works that unforgettably discover either the prices and fulfillments of innovative activism for women and men. The booklet encompasses a finished creation by way of Komori Yōichi, a well-known Takiji student and professor of jap literature at Tokyo collage.

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