Download E-books Japanese Castles AD 250-1540 (Fortress) PDF

By Stephen Turnbull

Renowned professional Stephen Turnbull examines the castles inbuilt Japan, from the 1st primitive fortifications within the Yayoi interval (300 BC-AD 250) via to the 1st right castles which started to be built with the increase to strength of the Yamato courtroom, the 1st emperors of Japan in round advert 250. interpreting the shut ties that early eastern dynasties needed to either China and Korea, Turnbull assesses how eastern protective structure betrays those influences.

Also tested is the influence that the terrain in Japan had on fortifications - from the early reliance on earthworks and palisades and the advance of wood and earth castles, frequently sited at the best of the mountains, into extra difficult stone structures within the fifteenth century. ultimately, the emergence of the stone towers which are so attribute of samurai is investigated, as is the slow model of eastern castles to deal with the advent of firearms. With formerly unpublished images from the author's deepest assortment and full-color art, together with unique cutaways, this can be a necessary advisor to the attention-grabbing improvement of eastern castles.

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Download E-books Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility PDF

By Takie Sugiyama Lebra

This newest paintings from Japanese-born anthropologist Takie Sugiyama Lebra is the 1st ethnographic research of the fashionable jap aristocracy. verified as a category first and foremost of the Meiji interval, the kazoku ranked without delay lower than the emperor and his relatives. formally dissolved in 1947, this workforce of social elites continues to be more often than not perceived as the Aristocracy. Lebra won access into this tightly knit circle and performed multiple hundred interviews with its participants. She has woven jointly a reconstructive ethnography from their existence histories to create an intimate portrait of a distant and archaic world.

As Lebra explores the tradition of the kazoku, she locations every one topic in its old context. She analyzes the evolution of prestige limitations and the quintessential position performed by way of outsiders.

But this publication isn't easily in regards to the elite. it's also approximately commoners and the way every one stratum mirrors the opposite. Revealing formerly unobserved complexities in eastern society, it additionally sheds mild at the common challenge of social stratification.

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Download E-books Mishima, ou La vision du vide PDF

By Marguerite Yourcenar

Le 24 novembre 1970, Mishima prépare avec un soin minutieux sa mort. Il veut que son suicide obéisse en tous issues aux rigueurs du ceremony exigé depuis des siècles par los angeles culture de son will pay, le milieu dans lequel il a choisi de vivre religieusement, socialement, littérairement, politiquement : il s'ouvre le ventre avant de se faire décapiter par los angeles major d'un ami. Mort à l. a. fois bad et exemplaire parce qu'elle est en quelque sorte le moyen de rejoindre en profondeur le vide métaphysique dont le romancier-poète japonais subit los angeles fascination depuis sa jeunesse. Marguerite Yourcenar met toute l'acuité de son intelligence au provider d'une telle aventure humaine dont elle pressent à los angeles fois los angeles proximité et l'étrangeté. Ainsi, dans un modèle d'étude critique, un grand écrivain d'Occident démonte les mécanismes de los angeles psychologie d'un grand écrivain d'Orient, mettant au jour les targets, les triomphes, les faiblesses, les désastres intérieurs et finalement le braveness.

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Download E-books Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guide) PDF

By Lonely Planet, Ray Bartlett, Laura Crawford

Lonely Planet: The world's best commute advisor publisher

Lonely Planet Japan is your passport to the main appropriate, updated suggestion on what to work out and bypass, and what hidden discoveries look ahead to you. store and dine in electrical Tokyo, discover Kyoto's beautiful temples and gardens, or hike the majestic Japan Alps; all along with your relied on commute significant other. Get to the center of Japan and start your trip now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Japan commute Guide:

  • Colour maps and pictures all through
  • Highlights and itineraries assist you tailor your journey on your own wishes and pursuits
  • Insider tips to save lots of money and time and get round like a neighborhood, fending off crowds and hassle spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, mobile numbers, web content, transit suggestions, costs
  • Honest reports for all budgets - consuming, napping, sight-seeing, going out, purchasing, hidden gem stones that almost all guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights offer you a richer, extra profitable shuttle event - together with background, artwork, structure, literature, food, sake, onsen (hot springs), customs and etiquette, language and extra
  • Free, handy pull-out Tokyo map (included in print version), plus over 148 color maps
  • Covers Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka, Kansai, the Japan Alps, Hokkaido, Northern Honshu (Tohoku), Okinawa & the Southwest Islands, Kyushu, Shikoku, and extra

The excellent selection: Lonely Planet Japan, our so much accomplished advisor to Japan, is ideal for either exploring most sensible points of interest and taking roads much less travelled.

  • Looking for simply the highlights of Japan? try out Lonely Planet's detect Japan, a photo-rich consultant to the country's hottest points of interest.
  • Looking for a consultant keen on Tokyo or Kyoto? try out Lonely Planet's Tokyo consultant and Kyoto consultant for a entire examine what each one of those towns has to provide; or Lonely Planet's Pocket Tokyo, a handy-sized consultant fascinated about the can't-miss attractions for a fast trip.

Authors: Written and researched by means of Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has develop into the world's major go back and forth media corporation with guidebooks to each vacation spot, an award-winning web site, cellular and electronic shuttle items, and a committed tourist group. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but additionally permits curious guests to get off overwhelmed paths to appreciate extra of the tradition of the areas during which they locate themselves.

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Download E-books Princes of the Yen: Japan's Central Bankers and the Transformation of the Economy (East Gate Books) PDF

By Richard Werner

This eye-opening ebook deals a aggravating new examine Japan's post-war economic climate and the major components that formed it. It offers detailed emphasis to the Eighties and Nineties whilst Japan's economic climate skilled great swings in task. in keeping with the writer, the latest upheaval within the eastern economic climate is the results of the rules of a primary financial institution much less keen on stimulating the economic system than with its personal turf battles and its ideological time table to alter Japan's monetary constitution. The publication combines new old examine with an in-depth behind-the-scenes account of the bureaucratic pageant among Japan's most vital associations: the Ministry of Finance and the financial institution of Japan. Drawing on new monetary information and first-hand eyewitness money owed, it unearths little identified financial coverage instruments on the middle of Japan's enterprise cycle, identifies the main figures in the back of Japan's economic climate, and discusses their time table. The booklet additionally highlights the results for the remainder of the area, and increases very important questions about the focus of strength inside of principal banks.

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Download E-books A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance PDF

By Andy Couturier

Raised within the tumult of Japan’s business powerhouse, the 11 women and men profiled during this publication have all made the transition to sustainable, satisfying lives. they're this present day artists, philosophers, and farmers who live deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives can be basic, but they're surrounded through the luxuries of nature, artwork, contemplation, scrumptious meals, and an abundance of time. For example:

  • Atsuko Watanabe is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism whereas elevating her daughters in an previous farmhouse
  • Akira Ito is an ex–petroleum engineer who has turn into a painter and children’s booklet illustrator and explores the position of chi (life power) within the universe via paintings and music
  • Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts stylish bamboo flutes that he performs for alms within the surrounding villages
  • Jinko Kaneko is a good artist and upholstery dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry eating place within the Japan Alps

By offering the trips of those ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy Couturier exhibits how we can also shuttle a significant course of residing easily, with appreciate for our groups and our usual assets. once we depart at the back of the super burdens of salary exertions, debt, rigidity, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in a complete new manner. those eastern are pioneers in a feeling; drawing on conventional jap non secular knowledge, they've got cast a brand new sort of modernity, and of their luck is a lesson for us all: dwell a lifestyles that matters.

Andy Couturier is an essayist, poet, and writing instructor. He lived in Japan for 4 years the place he taught, used to be a journalist, and labored on environmental explanations. He lives within the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Download E-books Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan PDF

By Robert Whiting

"A interesting examine a few attention-grabbing those who express how democracy advances hand in hand with crime in Japan."--Mario Puzo

In this unorthodox chronicle of the increase of Japan, Inc., Robert Whiting, writer of You Gotta Have Wa, provides us a clean viewpoint at the financial miracle and close to catastrophe that's sleek Japan.

Through the eyes of Nick Zappetti, a former GI, former black marketer, failed specialist wrestler, bungling diamond thief who grew to become himself into "the Mafia boss of Tokyo and the king of Rappongi," we meet the gamers and the losers within the high-stakes video game of postwar finance, politics, and legal corruption within which he thrived. here is the tale of the Imperial inn diamond robbers, who tried (and can have complete) the largest heist in Tokyo's background. here's Rikidozan, the pro wrestler who nearly single-handedly revived eastern satisfaction, yet whose personal ethnicity needed to be saved mystery. And here's the tale of the intimate relationships shared by way of Japan's ruling social gathering, its monetary combines, its ruthless legal gangs, the CIA, American monstrous enterprise, and maybe at the least one presidential relative. this is the bottom of postwar Japan, that's merely now coming to mild.

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Download E-books CultureShock! Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Cultureshock Japan: A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette) PDF

By P. Sean Bramble

With over 3 million copies in print, CultureShock! is a bestselling sequence of tradition and etiquette publications masking numerous locations world wide. For an individual prone to tradition surprise, no matter if a vacationer or a long term resident, CultureShock! offers a sympathetic and fun-filled crash direction at the do's and don'ts in overseas cultures. absolutely up to date and carrying a clean new glance, the revised versions of those books enlighten and tell via such subject matters as language, meals and pleasing, social customs, fairs, relationships, and enterprise assistance. CultureShock! books are choked with precious information on transportation, taxes, funds, lodging, overall healthiness, foods and drinks, outfits, buying, gala's, and masses, a lot more.

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