By Alex Kerr
A outstanding review of the disasters and successes of recent Japan.
In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the various aspects of Japan's contemporary, and persistent, crises -- from the failure of its banks and pension money to the decline of its as soon as significant sleek cinema. he's the 1st to provide a whole record at the nation's endangered surroundings -- its shores coated with concrete, its roads resulting in nowhere within the mountains -- in addition to its "monument frenzy," the destruction of previous towns akin to Kyoto and building of drab new ones, and the attendant cave in of its vacationer undefined. Kerr writes with humor and keenness, for "passion," he says, "is a part of the tale. hundreds of thousands of jap consider as heartbroken at what's going as I do. My jap buddies inform me, 'Please write this -- for us.'"
By Ryu Murakami
An bold, epic dystopian novel - half political mystery and half satire
From the homeland, with Love is determined in an alternate, dystopian found in which the buck has collapsed and Japan s economic system has fallen besides it. The North Korean executive, sensing a chance, sends a fleet of rebels within the first land invasion that Japan has ever confronted. Japan can't do something about the shock onslaught of Operation From the homeland, with Love . however the terrorist Ishihara and his band of renegade youths - as soon as devoted to scary the japanese govt - flip their lethal recognition to the North Korean chance. they won't enable Fukuoka to fall with no struggle. Epic in scale, From the homeland, with Love is laced all through with Murakami's often savage violence. It's either a pleasing mystery and a totally mad, over-the-top novel like few others.
'A afflicted meditation at the soul of contemporary Japan... Alarmingly pertinent in gentle of present British politics... A morbidly humorous comedy... chiefly, it's a out of the ordinary feat of storytelling seven hundred pages, dozens of characters and ratings of rules woven into one gripping whole.' Andrzej Lukowski, Metro
By R. Taggart Murphy
Japan is among the world's wealthiest and so much technologically complicated international locations, and its swift ascent to international strength prestige after 1853 is still some of the most notable tales in smooth global background. but it has now not been a simple direction; army disaster, political atrophy, and monetary upheavals have made typical appearances from the feudal period to the current. this present day, Japan is visible as a has-been with a slow economic system, an getting older inhabitants, dysfunctional politics, and a enterprise panorama ruled through yesterday's champions. notwithstanding it truly is imagined to be America's most powerful best friend within the Asia-Pacific quarter, it has virtually completely disappeared from the yankee radar monitor.
In Japan and the Shackles of the Past, R. Taggart Murphy locations the present issues of Japan in a sweeping historic context, relocating deftly from early feudal occasions to the fashionable age that started with the Meiji recovery. Combining attention-grabbing analyses of eastern tradition and society over the centuries with hard-headed money owed of Japan's a number of political regimes, Murphy not just reshapes our knowing of jap background, yet of Japan's position within the modern international. He concedes that Japan has certainly been out of sight and out of brain in fresh many years, yet contends that this is often already altering. Political and fiscal advancements in Japan this day chance upheaval within the pivotal enviornment of Northeast Asia, inviting comparisons with Europe at the eve of the 1st global struggle. America's half-completed attempt to remake Japan within the overdue Forties is unraveling, and the yankee overseas coverage and safeguard institution is without delay culpable for what has occurred. the single obvious exception to Japan's malaise is the energy of its popular culture, yet it really is truly no exception in any respect; relatively, it presents serious clues to what's happening now.
With insights into every thing from Japan's politics and economics to the feel of lifestyle, gender kin, the altering enterprise panorama, and renowned and excessive tradition, Japan and the Shackles of the prior is the essential advisor to realizing Japan in all its complexity.
Japan's post-World warfare II "economic miracle" is recognized and masses mentioned, as is the cave in of the "bubble economic climate" and the virtually decade lengthy financial stagnation of the Nineteen Nineties. during this choice of essays and articles spanning twenty years of highbrow paintings, Koichi Hasegawa - certainly one of Japan's preferable environmental sociologists - unearths one other size to the japanese event of the past due twentieth century, a constructing civil society. Hasegawa's objective during this assortment is manifold, starting with an overview of the goals, pursuits and distinguishing features of environmental sociology. Combining a old research of the increase of this new self-discipline with an outline of the theoretical frames that outline it, Hasegawa argues that environmental sociology demanding situations the sociological conventions of "disengaged commentary" in addition to the anthropocentrism inherent to the sociological point of view. even as, environmental sociology demanding situations a robust environmentalists' point of view, stressing that environmental are usually not easily clinical or technical difficulties yet are constantly and particularly social difficulties. Environmentalism consequently wishes a sociological standpoint and sociology wishes an environmental viewpoint in the event that they are to deal with the main urgent difficulties dealing with human societies - environmental destruction. within the strategy, Hasegawa in a roundabout way offers a compelling solution to that possible interminable query, "What do sociologists really do approximately social problems?" starting with the principles of environmental sociology and concluding with issues of the stories and destiny customers of jap civil society, developing Civil Society in Japan will attract a number of audiences. it's an introductory textbook in environmental sociology in addition to a consultant to environmental activism. it's a targeted creation to civil society, combining eu theories and jap case stories to bare the hindrances and possibilities dealing with the japanese citizenry. It seriously addresses a variety of sociological and political theories relating to citizen's activism and various activists' techniques with a purpose to remove darkness from stumbling blocks and openings at the course forward.
Because the overdue 19th century, non secular rules and practices in Japan became more and more intertwined with these linked to psychological health and wellbeing and therapeutic. This courting built opposed to the backdrop of a miles broader, and deeply consequential assembly: among Japan’s long-standing, Chinese-influenced highbrow and institutional kinds, and the politics, technological know-how, philosophy, and faith of the post-Enlightenment West. In striving to craft a latest society and tradition which may exist on phrases with – instead of be subsumed through – western energy and impact, Japan grew to become domestic to a religion--psy discussion educated by way of urgent political priorities and speedily moving cultural concerns.
This publication offers a traditionally contextualized creation to the discussion among faith and psychotherapy in sleek Japan. In doing so, it attracts out connections among advancements in drugs, executive coverage, jap faith and spirituality, social and cultural feedback, neighborhood dynamics, and gender kinfolk. The chapters all concentrate on the assembly and intermingling of spiritual with psychotherapeutic principles and draw on a variety 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 medication; how Buddhists, Christians, and different corporations and teams drew and redrew the strains among spiritual praxis and mental therapeutic; how significant eu cures corresponding to Freud’s fed into self-consciously eastern analyses of and coverings for the ills of the age; and the way misery, agony, 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 smooth Japan can be welcomed by means of scholars and students operating throughout a extensive diversity of topics, together with eastern tradition and society, spiritual experiences, psychology and psychotherapy, psychological well-being, and overseas historical past.
By John Gauntner
A compact guidebook to Japan's nationwide beverage, The Sake Handbook is the proper creation to the heritage, brewing, and benefits of a number of sake. Gauntner supplies readers the entire details they should turn into sake specialists. Now revised with up to date sake ideas and pubs, this e-book features a specific rationalization of the sake brewing technique and profiles of over fifty jap izakaya (sake pubs) in Tokyo. There also are stories of over 100 sake manufacturers, sake labels for simple identity and a listing of area of expertise liquor retailers all through Japan, with addresses and speak to numbers, the place readers should buy hard-to-find sake manufacturers.
By Jessica Amanda Salmonson
The younger lady crashes in the course of the underbrush, eager to get away the cackling squaddies at her again. After catching her in a tryst with a neighborhood farm boy, they intend to execute her for her sin. She runs for so long as she will, eventually collapsing outdoors a shrine the place a touring nun sits along with her flute. while the warriors arrive, the nun units her flute apart, drawing a mythical sword. She kills the lads simply and units the younger lady loose. even though she attempted to prevent it, Tomoe Gozen has shed blood as soon as again.
After numerous battles and never-ending wandering, this mythical samurai has renounced Bushido and brought the oaths of a wandering nun. yet notwithstanding she disguises herself as a mendicant, difficulty will locate her nonetheless. Tomoe needs to have interaction in a single final fight—this time for the sake of her soul.
By Stephen Turnbull
From 1600 until 1866 civil strife in public was once almost unknown in Japan; despite the fact that, own loyalty and self-sacrifice may possibly from time to time upward thrust above the samurai hierarchy to redefine eastern tradition. In 1703 former samurai avenged their lord within the so much mythical raid in jap heritage. the tale of the forty seven ronin is a story wealthy in emotion, targeted making plans, and perfect martial execution.
This was once the raid that became Japan upside down.
Lord Kira had caused the loss of life of Lord Asano, hence making Asano's unswerving samurai into ronin (unemployed 'men of the waves'). In whole secrecy they plotted their revenge, and one snowy winter's evening introduced a raid opposed to his mansion in Edo (Tokyo). The gates have been damaged down, and after the fiercest sword conflict obvious in Japan for over a century Kira used to be captured and beheaded. His head was once washed and put on Asano's tomb. The Shogun had now been positioned in a drawback. should still he gift the forty seven Ronin for behaving extra like real samurai than someone because the time of civil wars, or should still they be punished for breaking the stern legislation approximately taking revenge?
In the tip the legislations prevailed, and the surviving forty six ronin devoted a mass act of hara-kiri, turning them in a single day into nationwide heroes because the 'gods of bushido'.. The dramatic revenge raid of the Forty-Seven Ronin is the perfect topic for a Raids identify. there's a very robust narrative and a wealth of illustrative fabric. because the raid happened through the peaceable Edo interval there's scope for unique description of the samurai's guns and their own & actual atmosphere that's not visible in the other Osprey titles.
By Laura Joh Rowland
Reiko's account of her activities is something yet reliable. She insists that she went undercover to Lord Mori's property with a purpose to examine claims that he molested and murdered younger boys. but if Sano inspects the crime scene, he unearths no hint of what Reiko defined. and each different witness tells a special tale: girl Mori alleges that Reiko used to be Lord Mori's scorned mistress and murdered him for revenge. And Lord Mori himself, conversing via a medium, claims his homicide was once a part of Sano's plot to overthrow the shogun!
until Sano can end up his wife's not likely claims, either he and Reiko--and their unborn child--face execution for treason. Sano fights desperately to avoid wasting his family members and his honor, as Laura Joh Rowland attracts at the culture of the vintage movie Rashomon to carry us a masterful story of intrigue and treachery.