Culture / Society
An affordable version of the classic 1906 essay on tea drinking and aesthetics.
The first English translation of the groundbreaking 1931 graphic novel!
The classic historical account of Japan’s first encounters with the West
A readable overview of the ever-changing relationship between Japan and the United States.
Of special interest to scholars and students of Zen classics, a glossary of specialized vocabulary to aid understanding and practice
A revealing look at contemporary Japanese culture.
The landmark anthology of contemporary Japanese women's poetry in English translation.
From fascination to disillusionment and back, a memoir of one man's quest for Zen and spirituality in America and Japan.
Sure to be a classic, Donald Richie's concise, profound insights into the mysteries of Japanese Aesthetics.
The top 100 Japanese animation films, TV series, and made-for-video series.
The third volume in this fun, comic-style series that explores China's relationship with its barbarian neighbors. The Mongols!
A celebration of JA culture: facts, recipes, songs, words, and memories that every JA will want to share.
A collection of 600 proverbs in Chinese and English, capturing the enduring wisdom of China, for travelers and language students
The second volume in this fun, comic-style series that explores China's transition from the Three Kingdoms to the Tang Dynasty.
A fun way to learn about China in a visual, informative comic-style history
A philosophical photo-essay and inquiry into Japanese rock gardens and what they might (and might not) mean.
Homespun wisdom from Japan updated for today's "green lifestyle" choices.
An intoxicating, illustrated guide to Japan's ritual of hot-tub bathing.
A powerful and thought-provoking novel that raises important questions about World War II, war memory, and US imperialism and blowback.
Marc Peter Keane's personal journey through 100 Japanese gardens, looking at them with a designer’s eye.
Can traditional Japanese life concepts--like loyalty, harmony, meticulousness--make sense in Western societies? Here are 76 ideas for "decluttering the spirit."
The true story of a half-Chinook, half-Scot adventurer who entered feudal Japan in 1848 and helped pave the way for its modernization.
A critical biography of a modern Japanese literary giant, whose brilliant career ended in a spectacular ritual suicide.
The unlikely history of early cross-cultural encounters between the West and Japan, featuring acrobats, jugglers, and a colorful American impresario.
The first book in English to apply ancient Japanese Shinto traditions to daily spiritual fulfillment.
Finally back in print, an intimate guide to Japanese woodworking tools.
The best of an extraordinary expatriate writer.
After half a century in Japan: the intimate journals of the great film scholar and cultural observer.
An American girl of Japanese ancestry is exiled in her own country after Japan attacks Pearl Harbor.
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.
An erudite voyage through the details and customs of Japanese life.
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.