Culture / Society

The Book of Tea


An affordable version of the classic 1906 essay on tea drinking and aesthetics.

The Four Immigrants Manga


The first English translation of the groundbreaking 1931 graphic novel!

A Diplomat in Japan


The classic historical account of Japan’s first encounters with the West

America and the Four Japans


A readable overview of the ever-changing relationship between Japan and the United States.

A Glossary of Zen Terms


Of special interest to scholars and students of Zen classics, a glossary of specialized vocabulary to aid understanding and practice

A Lateral View


A revealing look at contemporary Japanese culture.

A Long Rainy Season


The landmark anthology of contemporary Japanese women's poetry in English translation.

A Straight Road with 99 Curves


From fascination to disillusionment and back, a memoir of one man's quest for Zen and spirituality in America and Japan.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics


Sure to be a classic, Donald Richie's concise, profound insights into the mysteries of Japanese Aesthetics.

Anime Classics Zettai!


The top 100 Japanese animation films, TV series, and made-for-video series.

Barbarians and the Birth of Chinese Identity (vol. 3)


The third volume in this fun, comic-style series that explores China's relationship with its barbarian neighbors. The Mongols!

Being Japanese American


A celebration of JA culture: facts, recipes, songs, words, and memories that every JA will want to share.

Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings


A collection of 600 proverbs in Chinese and English, capturing the enduring wisdom of China, for travelers and language students

Division to Unification in Imperial China (vol. 2)


The second volume in this fun, comic-style series that explores China's transition from the Three Kingdoms to the Tang Dynasty.

Foundations of Chinese Civilization (vol. 1)


A fun way to learn about China in a visual, informative comic-style history

Gardens of Gravel and Sand


A philosophical photo-essay and inquiry into Japanese rock gardens and what they might (and might not) mean.

Green Tea Living


Homespun wisdom from Japan updated for today's "green lifestyle" choices.


How to Take a Japanese Bath


An intoxicating, illustrated guide to Japan's ritual of hot-tub bathing.

In the Woods of Memory


A powerful and thought-provoking novel that raises important questions about World War II, war memory, and US imperialism and blowback.

Japanese Garden Notes


Marc Peter Keane's personal journey through 100 Japanese gardens, looking at them with a designer’s eye.

Japaneseness


 

Can traditional Japanese life concepts--like loyalty, harmony, meticulousness--make sense in Western societies? Here are 76 ideas for "decluttering the spirit."

 

Native American in the Land of the Shogun


The true story of a half-Chinook, half-Scot adventurer who entered feudal Japan in 1848 and helped pave the way for its modernization.

Persona


A critical biography of a modern Japanese literary giant, whose brilliant career ended in a spectacular ritual suicide.

Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe


The unlikely history of early cross-cultural encounters between the West and Japan, featuring acrobats, jugglers, and a colorful American impresario.

Shinto Meditations for Revering the Earth


The first book in English to apply ancient Japanese Shinto traditions to daily spiritual fulfillment.

The Care and Use of Japanese Woodworking Tools


Finally back in print, an intimate guide to Japanese woodworking tools.

The Donald Richie Reader


The best of an extraordinary expatriate writer.

The Japan Journals


After half a century in Japan: the intimate journals of the great film scholar and cultural observer.

The Little Exile


An American girl of Japanese ancestry is exiled in her own country after Japan attacks Pearl Harbor.


 

 

 

Understanding China Through Comics


Who founded China? Who are the Chinese people? What is Chinese culture and how has it changed over time? The Understanding China Through Comics series answers these questions and more.

Things Japanese


An erudite voyage through the details and customs of Japanese life.

Womansword


Thirty years after its first publication, Womansword remains a timely, provocative work on how words reflect on female roles in modern Japan. Short, lively essays offer linguistic, sociological, and historical insight into issues central to the lives of women everywhere: identity, girlhood, marriage, motherhood, work, sexuality, and aging. A new introduction shows how things have—and haven't—changed.


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