E-Books

Sake Confidential


An American sake expert takes you to a whole new level of insider knowledge and expertise.


The Book of Tea


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

The Art of Setting Stones


Philosophical essays on the beauty and meaning of traditional Japanese gardens.

The Astro Boy Essays


A tribute to Japan's God of Manga by his long-time American friend and translator. Includes rare, full-color, original Astro Boy Astro Boy art!

Tokio Whip


A group of people walk across, around, and all over Tokyo. They talk, talk, talk.

A Diplomat in Japan


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

Hojoki


A luminous translation of the classic Buddhist poem.

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.

Anime Explosion!


A fascinating guide to themes and films in the expanding Japanese megaverse.

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.

China Survival Guide


This updated edition of the best-selling travel guide to China is your ticket to the trip of a lifetime.

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.

Dreamland Japan


The classic text by renowned manga expert in a beautiful new casebound edition, with a new foreword and afterword by the author.

Evening Clouds


A masterpiece of quiet lyricism set against a backdrop of change and renewal in suburban Tokyo.

Exploring Kyoto


The essential guidebook to exploring Kyoto on foot, revised and updated!

Foundations of Chinese Civilization (vol. 1)


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

Green Tea Living


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


Hidden Buddhas


A startling new novel from the author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki.

I Wait For The Moon


Momoko Kuroda (b. 1938) is a remarkable haiku spirit and a powerfully independent Japanese woman.

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.

Innovating Out Of Crisis


CEO Shigetaka Komori's own story of why Fujifilm succeeded where Kodak failed, with hard-won lessons for managers and employees everywhere

Japanese Beyond Words


A knowledge-based approach for students looking to speak and listen well.

Japaneseness


 

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

 

Kwaidan


Twenty unusual tales from Japan collected by one of the greatest writers on the country.


Kyoto Machiya Restaurant Guide


Enjoy delicious Japanese food in some of Kyoto's most tucked-away and spectacular townhouses.

Milky Way Railroad


One night, alone on a hilltop, a young boy is swept aboard a magical train bound for the Milky Way. A classic in Japan, this tender fable is a book of great wisdom, offering insight into the afterlife.


Naikan


A unique blend of the spiritual and psychological to help you examine your life, renew your relationships, and reshape your future.

One Hot Summer in Kyoto


The tale of English teacher Peter Meadowes, who flees to Kyoto for a summer vacation and finds himself lusting after every woman he sees...

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.

Sacred Sanskrit Words


A simple guide to over 160 key spiritual concepts behind yoga and other branches of Eastern wisdom.

Shinto Meditations for Revering the Earth


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

Speak and Read Chinese


A handy supplement to studying characters in class or independently that teaches useful tricks for remembering words and tones.

Still Life and Other Stories


A stunning tapestry of everyday life.

Tantra of the Tachikawa Ryu


"Enlightenment can only be realized through sexual union, the supreme Buddha activity."

Tenryu-ji


A beloved Japanese Zen temple, viewed through its monks, gardens, prayers, and art.

The Dorama Encyclopedia


An encyclopedic survey with a sense of humor.

The Haiku Apprentice


Discover the beauty of haiku in this poetic memoir of life abroad.

The Ideals of the East


An exploration of the roots of beauty in Japanese aesthetics.

The Inland Sea


The complete version of the travel writing classic with photography by Yoichi Midorikawa.
 

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.

Wind and Stone


In detailing the affair between a garden designer and his client's wife, this stylistic Japanese novel explores the roots of passion.

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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