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 Japanese Art of Sex

Memoirs of a Geisha meets Sex and the City in this stimulating guide to intimacy.

The Little Exile

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




The Making of Modern China (vol. 4)

The fourth volume in this fun, comic-style series that explores China's move to modernization!

The Name of the Flower

Extraordinary stories of everyday life.

The Silver Spoon

Perhaps the most admired childhood memoir ever written in Japan, The Silver Spoon is a sharp detailing of life at the end of the Meiji period (1912) through the eyes of a boy as he grows into adolescence.

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.

The Way of Taiko

The essential English-language guide to the exciting world of Japanese spiritual drumming.

Things Japanese

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

Travels in the East

Aventures and contemplations throughout the world by a master storyteller, critic, and expatriate writer.

Waiting on the Weather

A revealing memoir about the director and his films, by his first assistant for fifty years.

Warring Clans, Flashing Blades

50 more must-see martial arts films.

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.


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.

Yoga Heart

The much-anticipated follow-up to the author's highly popular Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By.

Yoga Poems

Turn your practice into poetry with these windows into the mind-body experience