Books

Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar


Speak and write with confidence while avoiding common mistakes!

Sake Confidential


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


The Anime Encyclopedia


Updated and expanded! 1,000,000+ words on films, artists, studios, themes, and Japan's animation culture, with key data and advisories.

The Book of Tea


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

A String of Flowers, Untied...


A new translation of the most lyrical moments from Japan's great classical romance.

A Thousand Cranes


How to fold the famous Japanese Paper Crane and string 1,000 cranes, inspired by the story of Sadako and Hiroshima.

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!

Chinese 24/7


A fun, blog-like approach to learning Mandarin Chinese.

The Four Immigrants Manga


The first English translation of the groundbreaking 1931 graphic novel!

Tokio Whip


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

Hojoki


A luminous translation of the classic Buddhist poem.

Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun


An unforgettable memoir of the horrors suffered by a Japanese family trapped in Changchun, China, at the end of WW2 

 

Kanji Starter 1


A quick and simple way to deconstruct and demystify kanji.

Satoshi Kon


An introduction to the work and vision of Satoshi Kon, anime's premier illusionist.

The Osamu Tezuka Story


A documentary manga biography of the influential artist and the birth and evolution of manga and anime in Japan.

A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors


A comprehensive volume on major directors in the history of Japanese film.

A Dictionary of Japanese Buddhist Terms


A vital resource for students of Buddhism and Japanese Culture, revised and expanded.

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.

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan


Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

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.

Asia Shock


A fan's guide to the weirdest, scariest films from Asian masters.

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!

Basho's Narrow Road


A stimulating exploration of the haiku masterpiece.

Being Japanese American


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

Business Passport to Japan


A fresh, interactive approach to working in 21st-century Japan, filled with insight and examples.

Cherry Blossoms


The splendid designs of traditional Asia in a spectacular color format for artists and art lovers.

China Survival Guide


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

Chinese Business Etiquette


A compact reference for anyone working in China or with the Chinese. Avoid mistakes and do things right and polite!

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

Crazy for Kanji


Nearly one hundred carnivals of kanji fun, including puzzles, amazing facts, and even kanji sudoku!

Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again


“[Wes “Scoop” Nisker] delivers zen zingers with Borscht Belt timing.”—The New York Times


Designing with Kanji


Japanese words in a fun resource for designers, artists, and tattooers.


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.

Epochs of Chinese and Japanese Art


Two volumes of the essential and definitive survey of Chinese and Japanese art in one book.

Evening Clouds


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

Exploring Kyoto (Our of Print)


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

Exploring Kyoto


This revised and updated edition of the Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples and features expanded information on new museums and gardens now open year-round for viewing.


Family Crests of Japan


Find the beauty and meaning of over 850 family crests found in Japanese tradition

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.


Here Comes The Sun


At 44, a Berkeley-raised American woman teaching yoga in Japan seeks to adopt—a story of triumphant love for families everywhere.

Hidden Buddhas


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


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