Download E-books Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!: The Incredible World of Japanese Fantasy Films PDF

By Stuart Galbraith IV, Yukari Fujii, Atsushi Sakahara

The writer of "The jap Filmography" provides the definitive, largely illustrated research of jap technology fiction videos. With the "Godzilla" videos (1954-1995) on the middle of all of it, Galbraith has assembled a digital "Who's Who" of filmography and interviews of the foremost gamers during this emerging cult global of the fire-breathing lizard. 156 images. 32 illustrations distinctive print advertisements.

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Download E-books Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan (Routledge Contemporary Japan) PDF

Adding a brand new standpoint to the present literature on decentralization in Japan, Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization in Japan, techniques the topic from an city reviews and making plans process. The essays within the assortment current a cogent compilation of case experiences concentrating on the previous, current and way forward for decentralization in Japan. those comprise small scale improvement within the fields comparable to citizen participation (machizukuri), city shape and structure, catastrophe prevention and conservation of monuments.

The individuals recommend that new tendencies are rising after the bursting of Japan's monetary bubble and investigate them within the context of the country's higher socio-political procedure. This in-depth research of the advance outdoor of Japan offers a priceless addition to scholars of city, Asian and jap Studies.

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Download E-books A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots?: A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953 - 1973 (East Asia: History, Politics, Sociology and Culture) PDF

By Jayson Makoto Chun

This booklet deals a heritage of eastern tv audiences and the preferred media tradition that tv helped to spawn. In a relatively brief interval, the tv helped to reconstruct not just postwar jap pop culture, but additionally the japanese social and political panorama. in the course of the early years of tv, eastern of all backgrounds, from politicians to moms, debated the results on society. the general public discourse surrounding the expansion of tv printed its position in forming the id of postwar Japan through the period of high-speed development (1955-1973) that observed Japan reworked into an financial energy and one of many world's best exporters of tv programming.

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Download E-books Hotel Iris: A Novel PDF

A story of twisted love from Yoko Ogawa―author of The Diving Pool and The Housekeeper and the Professor.

In a crumbling seashore inn at the coast of Japan, quiet seventeen-year-old Mari works front table as her mom has a tendency to the low season clients. while one evening they're pressured to expel a middle-aged guy and a prostitute from their room, Mari unearths herself attracted to the man's voice, in what's going to develop into the 1st gesture of a unmarried lengthy seduction. inspite of her provincial atmosphere, and her cool yet controlling mom, Mari is a cosmopolitan observer of human hope, and she or he sees during this guy anything she has lengthy been having a look for.

The guy is a proud if threadbare translator residing on an island off the coast. A widower, there are whispers round city that he can have murdered his spouse. Mari starts off to go to him on his island, and he quickly initiates her right into a darkish realm of either soreness and enjoyment, a spot during which she unearths herself extra relaxed even than the translator. As Mari's mom starts off to shut in at the affair, Mari's experience of what's appropriate and what's fascinating are recklessly engaged.

Hotel Iris is a stirring novel concerning the occasionally violent ways that we convey intimacy and in regards to the untranslatable essence of love.

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Download E-books Modern Japan: A Social and Political History (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies) PDF

This completely revised and up to date 3rd version of Modern Japan presents a concise and interesting creation to the social, cultural and political heritage of contemporary Japan. starting from the Tokugawa interval to the current day, Tipton hyperlinks daily lives with significant ancient advancements, charting the country’s evolution right into a modernized, fiscal and political global power.

Drawing at the most up-to-date learn, the booklet beneficial properties new fabric at the worldwide monetary hindrance, the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and carrying on with political instability. whereas maintaining research of women's matters, minorities and pop culture, this 3rd edition's multiplied insurance of Japan's function within the moment international warfare, existence within the empire and the heritage of technological know-how, medication and know-how contributes to a feeling of the complexity and variety of recent Japan.

Including an up to date chronology, word list and advisor to extra studying, in addition to new maps and illustrations to assist scholars to interact without delay with the subject material, this hugely obtainable and accomplished textbook is a necessary source for college kids, students and academics of eastern heritage, politics, tradition and society.

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Download E-books The Woman in the Dunes PDF

The girl within the Dunes, by way of celebrated author and philosopher Kobo Abe, combines the essence of fable, suspense and the existential novel.
 
After lacking the final bus domestic following an afternoon journey to the beach, an beginner entomologist is obtainable accommodation for the evening on the backside of an enormous sand pit. but if he makes an attempt to go away the subsequent morning, he fast discovers that the locals produce other plans. Held captive with doubtless no likelihood of break out, he's tasked with shoveling again the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to spoil the village. His purely spouse is a wierd younger girl. jointly their fates turn into intertwined as they paintings facet via part at this Sisyphean activity.

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Download E-books Popular Hits of the Showa Era: A Novel PDF

From the writer of Audition, a wickedly satirical and wildly humorous story of an intergenerational conflict of the sexes.

In his such a lot irreverent novel but, Ryu Murakami creates a competition of epic proportions among six aimless youths and 6 tough-as-nails ladies who conflict for regulate of a Tokyo local. on the outset, the younger males look louche yet innocuous, their actions restricted to consuming, snacking, peering at a unadorned neighbor via a window, and acting karaoke. The six "aunties" are fiercely self sustaining profession ladies. while one of many boys executes a deadly ambush of 1 of the ladies, chaos ensues. the ladies band jointly to discover the killer and distinct revenge. In flip, the lads buckle down, research physics, and plot to take out their nemeses in one blast. Who knew lethal "gang struggle" might be such enjoyable? Murakami builds the clash right into a hilarious, spot-on satire of contemporary tradition and the tensions among the sexes and generations.

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Download E-books Japan: A 365 Day History PDF

By Ben Stevens

From the Bestselling writer of THE ENNIN MYSTERIES and 神風 (小説)

An 'On this day', 240+ web page consultant to the background of a desirable nation.

THE quantity no 1 BESTSELLER ON AMAZON JP

Over 365 key occasions are documented, together with well-known births, deaths, battles, crimes, discoveries, scandals, innovations, speeches, artists, arrests, mess ups and lots more and plenty more.

Includes the mythical tale of THE forty seven RONIN, now a success motion picture starring Keanu Reeves.

Ideal for a person with an curiosity in Japanese/oriental historical past - old to modern.

From the writer of A GAIJIN'S advisor TO JAPAN (HarperCollins).

神風 (小説) 

ベン スティーブンズ、 小西みゆき

もし、命が明日までだと決められてしまったら、あなたは今日をどのように生きますか?

内容紹介

第二次世界大戦中、終戦間際の特攻隊二人の物語。日本の敗戦を確信しながらも、若者は死ななくてはならない。明日、アメリカ艦隊への特攻に出陣する兵士の生き様とその思い。

一体、僕は何のために死ぬんだ?日本はもう負けているのに、なぜ死ななくてはならないのか。

主人公 林武則は読まれることはないと知りながらも、家族へ向けて手紙を書く。

父さん、精神的にも肉体的にも耐えられない拷問を受け続け、十代という若さで国家のために死なねばならぬという、その事実を受け入れるしかないのです。

でも、父さん。僕は母さんと葉奈子のために死のう。日本国にいる全ての女の人を守るために死のう。そして、父さんのために死のう。父さんは、僕の父さんだから。もし僕がアメリカ戦艦を一隻でも爆破して、たくさんのアメリカ兵を負傷させ殺すことができたら、そしたら、日本を侵略するアメリカ戦艦を一隻、侵入してくるであろうアメリカ兵を一人でも減らすことができるんだ。

なぜ、この時代に生まれたんだろう。五十年前だって、五十年先だってよかったじゃないか。なぜ今なんだ?憎むべきものを、僕は憎めない。愛し、尽くすべきものを、僕は愛せない…

死と直面するそのとき、二人がとった行動とは……

作者からのコメント(-はじめに-から)

イギリス人の僕に特攻隊の話を書く資格があったのだろうか。神風特攻隊について書くほど、僕は何を持ち合わせているだろう。

Kamikaze diaryという本がこの小説をかくきっかけを与えてくれた。主人公、林と自分自身を重ね、林と同じ状況に立ってみる。彼は何を想い、考えていたであろうか。

執筆は辛く、一つの場面を書き終えるたびに中断した。長い歳月をかけて小説は完成した。これは死ななくてはならない二人の男の話である。ただ二人だけの話だが、それがこの物語の全てだ。日本に住んで十三年になる。その年月があり、この小説がより現実味を帯びたものになっていると信じている。

翻訳者からのコメント

経済的、政治的に安定している国に暮らしている人々にとって、時として生きることは当たり前のように感じるものと思います。明日が確実に来ることも、当然のことだと。でも、生き延びることが当たり前ではない時代があり、今も生きることが当たり前ではない場所がある。

主人公、林の心の葛藤、思いを通して、読んでいただいた皆様に、今日一日の大切さを見出せるような一冊になるよう願っております。

著者紹介

ベン・スティーブンズ

一九七六年、英国ロンドン生まれ。長崎在住。これまで百冊以上の小説を執筆している。「神風」は翻訳された初めての彼の作品となる。

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Download E-books The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi and Arrowroot: Two Novels PDF

By Junichiro Tanizaki

From a jap grasp of romantic and sexual obsession come novels that deal with conventional subject matters with sly wit and startling mental sophistication. In The mystery background of the Lord of Musashi, Junichir Tanizaki reimagines the exploits of a mythical samurai as a sadomasochistic dance among the hero and the spouse of his enemy. Arrowroot, though set within the 20th century, perspectives an grownup orphan’s look for his mother’s earlier in the course of the translucent shoji screen of old literature and fable.

Both works are replete with surprising juxtapositions. Severed heads turn into gadgets of erotic fixation. Foxes tackle human form. An aristocratic woman loves and pities the fellow she is conspiring to wreck. This supple translation unearths the total scope of Tanizaki’s reward: his convinced storytelling, luminous element, and astonishingly important lady characters.

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