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    Embracing Defeat by John W Dower

    Drawing on a vast range of sources, from manga comics to MacArthur's report to Congress, this monumental new work by America's foremost historian of modern Japan traces the impact of defeat and reconstruction on every aspect of Japan's national life. Alongside the familiar story of economic resurgence, Dower examines how the nation as a whole reacted to the contradictory experiences of humiliation at the hands of a foreign power and liberation from the demands of a suicidal nationalism. The result is a titanic history, and a landmark book.


    The Rising Sun by John Toland

    John Toland was one of the most widely read military historians of the twentieth century. His many books include The Last 100 Days; Ships in the Sky; Battle: The Story of the Bulge; But Not in Shame; Adolf Hitler; and No Man’s Land . Originally from Wisconsin, he lived in Connecticut for many years with his wife.


    The Chrysanthemum and The Sword by Ruth Benedict

    The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture is an influential study of Japan by Ruth Benedict written at the invitation of the Office of War Information in order to understand and predict the behavior of the Japanese in World War II by reference to a series of contradictions in traditional culture.


    Hirohito and The Making Of Modern Japan by Herbert P Bix

    Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeIn this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, Herbert P. Bix offers the first complete, unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty-three-year reign ushered Japan into the modern world. Never before has the full life of this controversial figure been revealed with such clarity and vividness. Bix shows what it was like to be trained from birth for a lone position at the apex of the nation's political hierarchy and as a revered symbol of divine status. Influenced by an unusual combination of the Japanese imperial tradition and a modern scientific worldview, the young emperor gradually evolves into his preeminent role, aligning himself with the growing ultranationalist movement, perpetuating a cult of religious emperor worship, resisting attempts to curb his power, and all the while burnishing his image as a reluctant, passive monarch. Here we see Hirohito as he truly was: a man of strong will and real authority.Supported by a vast array of previously untapped primary documents, Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan is perhaps most illuminating in lifting the veil on the mythology surrounding the emperor's impact on the world stage. Focusing closely on Hirohito's interactions with his advisers and successive Japanese governments, Bix sheds new light on the causes of the China War in 1937 and the start of the Asia-Pacific War in 1941. And while conventional wisdom has had it that the nation's increasing foreign aggression was driven and maintained not by the emperor but by an elite group of Japanese militarists, the reality, as witnessed here, is quite different. Bix documents in detail the strong, decisive role Hirohito played in wartime operations, from the takeover of Manchuria in 1931 through the attack on Pearl Harbor and ultimately the fateful decision in 1945 to accede to an unconditional surrender. In fact, the emperor stubbornly prolonged the war effort and then used the horrifying bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, together with the Soviet entrance into the war, as his exit strategy from a no-win situation. From the moment of capitulation, we see how American and Japanese leaders moved to justify the retention of Hirohito as emperor by whitewashing his wartime role and reshaping the historical consciousness of the Japanese people. The key to this strategy was Hirohito's alliance with General MacArthur, who helped him maintain his stature and shed his militaristic image, while MacArthur used the emperor as a figurehead to assist him in converting Japan into a peaceful nation. Their partnership ensured that the emperor's image would loom large over the postwar years and later decades, as Japan began to make its way in the modern age and struggled -- as it still does -- to come to terms with its past.Until the very end of a career that embodied the conflicting aims of Japan's development as a nation, Hirohito remained preoccupied with politics and with his place in history. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan provides the definitive account of his rich life and legacy. Meticulously researched and utterly engaging, this book is proof that the history of twentieth-century Japan cannot be understood apart from the life of its most remarkable and enduring leader.


    The Hokusai Sketch-Books - Selections From the Manga by James A Michener



    Recipes by Time-Life Books



    Transactions Of the Asiatic Society Of Japan by Asiatic Society Of Japan



    Arts Of Asia by Tuyet Nguyet



    The Silent Traveller In Japan by Chiang Yee



    Meeting With Japan by Fosco Maraini



    A Guide To Japanese Prints and Their Subject Matter by Basil Stewart



    Traditional Japanese Furniture by Kazuko Koizumi



    The Kimono Mind by Bernard Rudofsky



    A Handbook Of Modern Japan by Ernest W Clement



    The Art Of Arranging Flowers by Shozo Sato



    Haiku by R H Blyth



    Japan's Imperial Conspiracy by David Bergamini



    The Enigma Of Japanese Power by Karel Van Wolferen



    Japanese Art by Joan Stanley-Baker



    Art, Life and Nature In Japan by Masaharu Anesaki



    Japan by Lafcadio Hearn



    Recipes by Time Life Books



Japan Books & Ephemera


    The World Of the Shining Prince by Morris, Ivan

    Ivan Morris studied Japanese language and culture at Harvard University while serving in the Intelligence Section of the U.S. Navy Reserves. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1951, he worked for the Far East Section of the BBC as well as for the Japan and Pacific departments of the British Foreign Office. He lived in Tokyo for several years, writing, lecturing, and teaching. In 1960 he joined what would later be renamed the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, where he served as department chair. He was elected a Fellow of St. Anthony’s College at Oxford in 1966. Morris published numerous books on Japanese history, literature, and politics and produced distinguished translations of classical and contemporary Japanese works. He died in 1976.


    Nara Buddhist Art by Kobayashi, Takeshi



    Japanese Mind by Christopher, Robert C



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    The Book of the Akita by Brearley, Joan McDonald

    Neptune City, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Tfh Pubns Inc, 1990. First Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Very good white blue color pictorial glossy hardcover. Light use, previous owner decorative bookplate. 1990, 4to, [6], 7-272pp. "Akita lovers everywhere will find invaluable information about their beloved breed in this colorful book, featuring hundreds of photographs, of which 83 are full color..."


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    Recent Japanese Philosophical Thought, 1862-1996: A Survey: Including a New Survey by Naoshi Yamawaki, the Philosophical Thought of Japan from 1963 to 1996 by Piovesana, Gino K. and Yamawaki, Naoshi

    Published by Japan Library [Curzon Press Ltd] St. John's Studios, Church Road Richmond, Surrey This Third Revised Edition First Published 1997. Richmond 1997., 1997. Third revised edition hard back binding in publisher's original scarlet cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 9½'' x 6''. Contains [viii] 310 printed pages of text. Piovesana's famous survey is republished with an additional chapter by Naoshi Yamawaki to cover the intervening years up to 1996. It continues to be the only introduction to Japanese thinkers and philosophical thought covering the period of Japan's modern era. Fine condition book in Fine condition dust wrapper, unused and unopened new book. We carry this book in stock for immediate dispatch. Member of the P.B.F.A. ISBN 1873410654


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    Embracing Defeat Japan in The Wake of World War II by John W. Dower

    World War 2: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999. 676 pgs., Photos. Single tiny edge tear to jacket at spine top edge.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    From Prejudice to Tolerance: A Study of the Japanese Image of the West, 1826-1864 by Chang, Richard T

    Tokyo: Sophia University, 1970. xiv, 237p., very good hardcover with price clipped dj, dj has small chip at bottom of spine. Monumenta Nipponica monograph.


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    Nihon no chokoku VI: Kamakura jidai by Imaizumi, Atsuo

    Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppansha, 1952. 15p., plus 32 full-page black and white photos of Kamakura-era sculptures, very good in wraps, with crinkled and edge-torn glassine overwrap present. A slender, large-format volume, number six in a series on Japanese sculpture.


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    Japanese Notecard Print Showing Samurai Warrior Chasing Helmet Caught by Wind

    Approx. 4 x 6 1/4"


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    A majority of one; a comedy by Spigelgass, Leonard

    New York: Random House, 1959. 142p., photo on title pages, first production history, illustrated with b&w production photos, very good first edition, first printing stated in cloth-backed boards gilt and photo affixed to front cover, in unclipped dj with sunned spine. Starred Cedric Hardwicke and Gertrude Berg as the interracial couple (Japanese man and Jewish widow) Starred Alec Guiness and Rosalind Russel in the film version.


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    Yososai gafu [first volume only] by Imao Keinen

    [Kyoto]: [Tanaka Jihee], 1900. 10.25x15 inch folio, bound with cloth ribbon, containing fifteen black and white full-page plates, each protected by a translucent glassine paper leaf. Front cover edgeworn, interior clean.


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    Nihon no bijitsu no. 76 [special issue on Sancai ware]

    Tokyo: Shibundo, 1972. 104p., wraps; photoillustrations in b&w with some color, text in Japanese. Inscribed by Fujio Koyama, the editor. Entire issue is devoted to discussion of the three-color ceramic ware popular during the Tang dyansty, as well as later copies.


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    The Kimono Mind: An Informal Guide to Japan and the Japanese by Rudofsky, Bernard

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company. VG+. 1965. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Stated first edition. A VG+ copy in a good dust jacket. Rubs to the bo ok's corners with small bumps to the lower corners. The dust jacket is heavily worn. Chips to the corners and spine tips. The panels are rub bed and have creases and tears to their edges. The spine is tanned and dusty. Dust soiling to the rear panel. .


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    10 Percent: vol. 2, #006, Jan-Feb 1994; Brava Miwa! by Stelmach, Carlos, editor, Akihiro Miwa, Michael Orlando Yaccarino, Arie Schwartz, et al

    San Francisco: Browning Grace Communications, 1994. Magazine. 78p., 8.5x11 inches, articles, news, interviews, reviews, photos, ads, resources, ecents, very good LGBTQ magazine in pictorial wraps. Cover story on Miwa, Japan's drag diva. Tom Hanks kisses Antonio Banderas. The Fight over AIDS funding.


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    Progressive Japan. A Study of the Political and Social Needs of the Empire by Le Grande, Charles W. General

    New York: C. Levy, 1878. Hardcover. Otherwise very good condition. Le Gendre [1830-1899] was a French-born American general and diplomat, who served as advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Empire of Japan from 1872 to 1875 and as advisor to Emperor Gojong of the Korean Empire from 1890 to 1899 (Wikipedia). 8vo, half black leather, half black cloth boards with gilt titles on spine. 370 pp including appendices with large folding table on Husbandry and tTxation, color folding map (12.5x12.5") Empire of Japan, chart Cost to Acquire Arable Land (with tears on folds). Covers rubbed at edges, internally clean, some fox spotting on later page edges not affecting text. OCLC 187409964.


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    Japan and Her People - Volume 2 by Hartshorne, Anna C

    Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates, 1902. 1st. Hardcover. Very Good Very Good. 374 pages. Volume 2 only. Blue cloth boards illustrated with gilt design - blue cloth protective cover. Illustrated with black & white photographs. Gilt top edge. One fold-out map of Japan. Volume 2 only. Record # 510120


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    24 Unused Hand Colored Postcards, young apprentice Japanese Geisha & Japanese Views of Kobe, Yokohama, Tokyo by [Japan; Postcards]

    1905. Very good condition. Unused hand colored postcards of Japanese geisha and Japanese landscapes and city views. The 7 geisha postcards include images of the young women in kimonos in a variety of settings, and include: a group of 5 seated geisha; 3 geisha posing with fans; a very young girl in dance pose with fan; a geisha in dance pose; a seated geisha; a seated geisha playing stringed instrument with a lantern at the right; and 2 young geisha with parasol, strolling in park. The remaining hand colored postcards include: Yato Bashi, Yokohama; [landscape with scene at edge of a lake, not titled]; No. 9 House Yokohama; A196 Korakuen of Okayama; Akuyen Park; Temple; [large Buddha statue, not titled]; [Japanese temple buildings]; [Tokyo temple]; [Pagoda, Tokyo]; A535 Wisteria Brossoms (sic) Kameido at Tokyo; Temple, Kobe; [Covered Bridge over falls]; Temple, Kobe; Maiko Park; Kitano Temple Tokyo; and [rickshaw drivers].


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    Bonsai for Americans A Practical Guide to The Creation and Care of Miniature Potted Trees by Hull, George F

    Garden City, New York, USA: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1964. Book Club (BCE/BOMC) . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Florence Hull. 150 ILLUSTRATIONS "He also succeeds in dispriving the popular notion regarding the art of Bonsai, that growth of a fine specimen takes the better part of a lifetime." Very good green hardcover. Very good white pictorial DJ. Some wear and tear, soiling to DJ. (1964), 8vo, 256pp.


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    [Two postcards depicting buildings in Dalian, with rubberstamps commemorating a US naval visit]

    Dalian (Dairen): Amano Manshodo, 1917. Two unused postcards published by a Japanese company in what was later to become part of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo. One depicts the Dairen [Dalian] Civil Administration Office, the other depicts the local branch of the Yokohama Specie Bank. Both have a "Welcome" rubberstamp marking a September 15, 1917 port visit by the American Asiatic Fleet. Corners toned, otherwise very good.


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    Notes of a Trip Around the World in 1894 and 1895 by Parsons, Charles

    St. Louis: George Barnard & Co., 1896. Hardcover. Good + overall. Travels through Japan, Ceylon, India, China, Egypt, Granada by the author. 8vo, 177 pp, 64 photographs complete, with one photo of 'Gathering tea in Darjeeling'. Possible, unconfirmed that author [1824-1905 ] might be St. Louis banker and private collector Charles Parson, who donated art collection to Kemper Art Museum in 1905. 3/4 polished calf, marbled sides, some rubbing and wear to extremities, front board detached; internally bright and clean. Printed 'For Private Circulation Only'. OCLC: 3158912.


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    Meeting With Japan by Maraini, Fosco

    Viking Press, 1960. Hardcover. Good/Good. Book Club edition (BCE). Dustjacket shows edge wear; in protective Brodart. Boards clean, lightly bumped, some edge wear. Owner name inside front cover. Text clean and tight, no creases or tears.


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    Food Supply in Japan: 1909 manuscripts of speeches by [Japan; Food] Kameya, T. (Kahe Otani)

    Japan, 1909. Very good condition. Three annotated manuscripts pertaining to major changes in Japanese society following the Meiji restoration and the embrace of western ideas and products in a period when the government was committed to learning from the West. Two of the manuscripts have a distinct post war perspective of coming to terms with the need to strengthen food supply independence, with one of the documents comparing the amounts of cereals, comestibles & beverages imported before (1892-1893) and after (1897-1898) the China Japan war and imported before (1903) and after (1906) the Russo-Japanese war (see No. 1 below). The other manuscript makes a post war reference to the fact that T. Kameya's grocery business actually benefited from the last two wars: "the two wars ... have actually given a given a great impetus to the food and drink stuff business" (see No. 2 below). Includes the following manuscripts, all annotated in pencil, by an editor more fluent in English than the original author. By association with another manuscript, the author of these manuscripts is possibly Kahe Otani, President of the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce, who is recorded (Annual Report of the Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, 1900) as making a speech at the Pacific Union Club in San Francisco on the subject of Japan - US trade relations. 1. "Food Supply in Japan", letter or address, 3pp, which discusses the Japanese climate, and the introduction of foreign clothing and food ("What will be the effect of the change of food-taking diet comprising both animal food as well as vegetables and fish upon the Japanese people both mentally and physically is a problem worthy (of) investigation"). Also discusses the cultivation of land, list of imports of cereals, comestibles and beverages for 1892 - 1906; items imported for the fiscal year 1909; the demand for beef, and the cultivation of rice in the southern US ("the time will not be far distant when we shall be able to get a cheaper supply of our staple food from the other side of the earth"). Typed/mimeographed, 8 1/2 x 11". 2. T. Kameya & Co. Tokyo letterhead, typed letter, 2pp, concerning Japanese history in the new Meiji Era, the founding of the foreign wine and grocery company by Mr. Kameya, the advent of business with Europe and the US, the construction of the shop on Ginza Street, and a list of US and European companies represented in Japan by T. Kameya. The early part of this letter describes the initial resistance of people to the "sudden influx of western civilization: "The samurai class was still reluctant to obey the law prohibiting them to carry swords on their waist as they used to do; while the general people were obstinate enough to wear top-knots on their heads. In short, they had a great dislike, nay an undescribable (sic) hate, for anything foreign or "savage" as they used to call it". Typed/mimeographed, 9 x 11 1/2". 3. "Tokyo Produce Exchange", handwritten letter, 3pp, discusses the produce exchange, primarily rice, in Tokyo, the history of the exchange (referring to events in the second, 16th, 20th and 41st "year of Meiji"), and its products, including corn, silk threads, salt, artificial manure, cotton, cotton yarn, cotton thread, etc. Records the capital on hand at various times in the exchange's history. Also includes terms of business and a list of Board of Directors and Auditors. Handwritten on lined paper 9 x 13 1/2"


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    Understanding Japan 65: The Geography of Japan by Isamu, Ota

    International Society for Educational Inc. (ISEI), 1993. Paperback. Very Good. Unmarked. Maps. Tables. Charts. Topics include the natural environment, economic activities, international relations, and more. 92p.


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    'Women in Bed' by [Japan]

    Japan, 1880. Very good overall. Original hand colored albumen photo titled '510 Women in Bed'. Showing two women, eyes closed, reclining under a floral patterned quilt. A small incense box rests on the floor in front of the futon, with hanging wall prints in the background. 10 3/4 x 8 1/4". Image slt faint at lower right corner.


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    Japanese Envoys in Britain 1862-1964; A Century of Diplomatic Exchange [The Japan Society] by Nish, Ian

    Published by Global Oriental Ltd., PO Box 219, Folkestone, Kent First Edition 2007. Kent 2007., 2007. First edition in publisher's original colour illustrated card wrap covers [softback]. 8vo. 10'' x 7''. Contains 255 printed pages of text with monochrome photographs. Minimal marking to the fore edge and in very near Fine clean condition, no dust wrapper as published. this collection of essays on a century of official Japanese representation in the United Kingdom completes the history of bilateral diplomatic relations up to the mid-1960s, concluding with Ambassador Ohno Katsumi's highly successful six-year assignment in 1964. In all, twelve authors, half of whom are Japanese, contribute to the work. In addition to the nineteen biographies, there are essays on the history of the Japanese Embassy buildings in London, an overview of Japanese envoys in Britain between 1862 and 1872 by Sir Hugh Cortazzi, as well as aspects of embassy life which illuminate some of the factors impacting on the life-style of residents in London in former times, including an entertaining personal memoir by Ayako Ishizaka of "A Diplomat's Daughter in the 1930s". By way of appendix, the volume concludes with a short history of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimusho) up to the present day. Loosely inserted appreciation slip from the Japan Society and the editor. Member of the P.B.F.A. ISBN 9781905246328


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    Shore Excursions Around Osaka, Shore Arrangement by Japan Travel Bureau by [Japan]

    1950. Pamphlet. Very good. A folding travel brochure for Osaka. Text in English, color photo to front cover of two young ladies in traditional Japanese dress. 'Your Itineraries' list includes: Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kyoto Nara, and their fares. Inside the brochure is descriptive text for Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe palaces, temples, shrines and lakes. Japan Travel Bureau Services text at rear cover describing services offered. 4 x 9 1/2" folds open to 16 x 9 1/2"


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    Oh, Japan!: Yesterday, Today and Probably Tomorrow by Shiba, Kimpei

    Published by Paul Norbury Publications Ltd., Caxton House, Tenterden, Kent First Edition 1979. Tenterden 1979., 1979. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original nutmeg cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 8½'' x 6''. Contains [xx] 236 printed pages of text. The book is divided into six themes: the Japanese and the outside world, the traditional arts, high life and history, low life and comedy, the Japanese establishment and occupations or preoccupation's? In the last section Mr. Shiba treats the 'illogical Japanese' - a subject of almost universal interest and concern outside Japan. Publisher's description. Fine condition book in Fine condition dust wrapper, unused and unopened new book. We carry this book in stock for immediate dispatch. Member of the P.B.F.A. ISBN 0904404277


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