The Japanese Today

Change and Continuity

Author: Edwin Oldfather Reischauer,Marius B. Jansen

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674471849

Category: History

Page: 459

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A classic, short history of Japan, this book has been brought up to date by Marius Jansen, now our most distinguished interpreter of Japanese history. Jansen gives a lucid account and analysis of the events that have rocked Japan since 1990, taking the story through the election of Murayama as Prime Minister.


Ha Bun Shu

Author: Creative Sketchbooks

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781548514792


Page: 100

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Ha Bun Shu is a series of "wave and ripple" drawings produced by Japanese artist Mori Yuzan. We don't know alot about Yuzan other than this: he was from Kyoto, he worked in the Nihonga style, and he died in 1917. Ha Bun Shu is interesting because it has become the guide for craftsmen in Japan who are looking to decorate their objects with wave and ripple patterns. You can see this style on everything from swords and knives (the blades as well as the handles), on "sword furniture," on plates and lacquerware, in religious iconography and objects, and many other places (including of course, tattoos). This book is a practice sketchbook for anyone interested in learning how to sketch or draw in this style. We have included two of the Ha Bun Shu designs on the inside as well as 100 pages of clean, white, 8 1/2 X 11 paper. If you are looking for an awesome sketchbook for art class (or just because you love drawing), this is the book for you! Plus, maybe you will know a little more than your art school friends about this cool Japanese artist and his artwork.: ) This book would make a perfect gift for your favorite art student!

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1781317615


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Everyday Japanese

A Basic Introduction to the Japanese Language & Culture

Author: Edward Schwarz

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 9780071837392

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 226

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A History of Japanese Journalism

Japan's Press Club as the Last Obstacle to a Mature Press

Author: William De Lange

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781873410684

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 7464

In Japan, the kisha-clubs are the focal point between the authorities and the media - they are not the counterpart of the leisurely, informal nature of western press clubs of which the free access to information is of the essence.

Japanese Sports

A History

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824824648

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 307

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In this first synthetic, comprehensive survey of Japanese sports in English, the authors are attentive to the complex and fascinating interaction of traditional and modern elements. In the course of tracing the emergence and development of sumo, the martial arts, and other traditional sports from their origins to the present, they demonstrate that some cherished ancient traditions were, in fact, invented less than a century ago. They also register their skepticism about the use of the samurai tradition to explain Japan's success in sports. Special attention is given to Meiji-era Japan's frequently ambivalent adoption and adaptation of European and American sports--a particularly telling example of Japan's love-hate relationship with the West. The book goes on the describe the history of physical education in the school system, the emergence of amateur and professional leagues, the involvement of business and the media in sports promotion, and Japan's participation in the Olympics. Japanese Sports Trivia Quiz (openli)Japan's first professional baseball team was founded in 1921. When were the Central and Pacific Leagues established? a. 1930; b. 1940; c. 1950; d. 1960 (openli)Oh Sadaharu hit 51 home runs in 1973 and 49 in 1974. How many did he hit in his lifetime? a. 597; b. 602; c. 755; d. 868 (openli)Sugiura Tadashi pitched 42 games for the Nankai Hawks in 1959 and won 38. How many games did he pitch and win against the Yomiuri Giants in the Japan Series that same year? a. 1; b. 2; c. 3; d. 4 (openli)The first Japanese radio broadcast of an entire sports event occurred at the national middle-school baseball tournament at Koshien Stadium in 1927, with a Ministry of Communication censor standing by since the script couldn't be approved in advance. The national middle-school tournament was suspended in 1941. When was it resumed? a. 1945; b. 1946; c. 1947; d. 1948 (openli)In 1791 Shogun Tokugawa Ienari observed a new ring-entering ceremony similar to that now performed by yokozuna. When did the Sumo Association officially recognize the rank of yokozuna? a. 1789; b. 1890; c. 1909; d. 1951 (openli)Which famous sumo rikishi won 69 successive bouts over the course of 7 tournaments, the longest winning streak ever recorded? a. Futabayama (Sadaji); b. Wakanohana (Kanji); c. Taiho (Koki); d. Chiyonofuji (Mitsugu) (openli)When the first karate dojo was established in Okinawa in 1889, the characters for karate were written 'Chinese hand'. When were they first written 'empty hand'? a. 1889; b. 1922; c. 1929; d. 1935 (openli)Only one major school of aikido holds competitive tournaments. When did the name aikido first appear on the list of government-sanctioned martial arts. a. 1883; b. 1890; c. 1931; d. 1942 (openli)In 1951 Tanaka Shigeki became the first Japanese runner to win the Boston Marathon. When was the first Fukuoka Marathon held? a. 1927; b. 1937; c. 1947; d. 1957 (openli)At the infamous 1936 Nazi Olympics in Berlin, Japanese athletes won gold medals in track and field, swimming, and diving. In what event did a Korean win the gold for Japan? a. marathon; b. triple jump; c. pole vau Answers: 1. c. (the Pacific League was the expansion league); 2. d. (Japanese ballparks are shorter than U.S. parks, but the season is also shorter); 3. d. (his arm never recovered from that year); 4. b.; 5. c. (the rank yokozuna first appeared on the banzuke ratings in 1890; and the first solo ring-entering ceremonies by wrestlers wearing the yokozuna rope was in 1789); 6. a.; 7. c. (by members of Keio's karate club who were impressed by a Zen priest of the Rinzai sect); 8. d. (its founder Ueshiba Morihei was born in 1883); 9. c. (the year after the first footrace around Lake Biwa); 10. a.

The Japanese

The Often Misunderstood, Sometimes Surprising, and Always Fascinating Culture and Lifestyles of Japan

Author: Jack Seward

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780844283937

Category: Travel

Page: 230

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Gender and Power in the Japanese Visual Field

Author: Joshua S. Mostow,Norman Bryson,Maribeth Graybill

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824825720

Category: Art

Page: 291

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In this, the first collection in English of feminist-oriented research on Japanese art and visual culture, an international group of scholars examines representations of women in a wide range of visual work. The volume begins with Chino Kaori's now-classic essay Gender in Japanese Art, which introduced feminist theory to Japanese art. This is followed by a closer look at a famous thirteenth-century battle scroll and the production of bijin (beautiful women) prints within the world of Edoperiod advertising. A rare homoerotic picture-book is used to extrapolate the grammar of desire as represented in late seventeenth-century Edo. In the modern period, contributors consider the introduction to Meiji Japan of the Western nude and oil-painting and examine Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) and the role of one of its famous artists. The book then shifts its focus to an examination of paintings produced for the Japanese-sponsored annual salons held in colonial Korea. The post-war period comes under scrutiny in a study of the novel Woman in the Dunes and its film adaptation. The critical discourse that surrounded women artists of the late twentieth-century - the Super Girls of Art - i


Author: C. W. Nikoru

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770020888

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Original photographs and insightful commentary introduce Japan's natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. These classic images only hint at the story of the seasons in Japan. Nature is not just admired; it is incorporated into every aspect of life, from festivals and the fine arts to the design of homes and the arrangement of seasonal delicacies at the table. The splendors of the landscape have shaped the ancient culture and ongoing traditions of modern Japan. Here, gathered in one opulent volume, are more than two hundred and fifty full-color photographs carefully culled

Cool Japanese Men

Studying New Masculinities at Cambridge

Author: Brigitte Steger,Angelika Koch

Publisher: LIT Verlag M√ľnster

ISBN: 3643909551

Category: Social Science

Page: 233

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Japanese men are becoming cool. The suit-and-tie salaryman remodels himself with beauty treatments and 'cool biz' fashion. Loyal company soldiers are reborn as cool, attentive fathers. Hip hop dance is as manly as martial arts. Could it even be cool for middle-aged men to idolize teenage girl popstars? This collection of studies from the University of Cambridge provides fascinating insights into the contemporary lives of Japanese men as it looks behind the image of 'Cool Japan.' (Series: Japanese Studies / Japanologie, Vol. 6) [Subject: Japanese Studies, Cultural Studies]


Revised edition

Author: Shoichi Iwasaki

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027273146

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 383

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Japanese ranks as the ninth most widely spoken language of the world with more than 127 million speakers in the island state of Japan. Its genetic relation has been a topic of heated discussion, but Altaic and Austronesian languages appear to have contributed to the early formation of this language. Japanese has a long written tradition, which goes back to texts from the eighth century CE. The modern writing system employs a mixture of Chinese characters and two sets of syllabary indigenously developed based on the Chinese characters. This book consists of sixteen chapters covering the phonology, morphology, writing system, tense and aspect systems, basic argument structure, grammatical constructions, and discourse and pragmatic phenomena of Japanese. It provides researchers with a useful typological reference and students of Japanese with a theory-neutral introduction to current linguistic research issues.


Why It Works, Why It Doesn't: Economics in Everyday Life

Author: James Mak

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824819675

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 219

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This collection of twenty-six essays furnishes concise explanations of everyday Japanese life in simplified economic terms. They begin with such questions as, Do Japanese live better than Americans? Why don't Japanese workers claim all their overtime? Why don't Japanese use personal checking accounts? Why do Japanese give and receive so many gifts? The essays are written in non-technical, accessible language intended for the undergraduate or advanced placement high school student taking an economics course or studying Japan in a social science course. The general reader will find the book a fascinating compendium of facts on Japanese culture and daily life.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music

Author: Alison Tokita,Dr. David W. Hughes

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754656999

Category: Music

Page: 446

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This is the first book to cover in detail all genres of Japanese music including court music, Buddhist chant, theatre music, chamber ensemble music and folk music, as well as contemporary music and the connections between music and society in various periods. The book is a collaborative effort, involving both Japanese and English speaking authors, and was conceived by the editors to form a balanced approach that comprehensively treats the full range of Japanese musical culture.

Japan Pop!

Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture

Author: Timothy J. Craig

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780765631619

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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This is a fascinating look at various forms of Japanese popular culture: pop song, jazz, enka (a popular form of ballad genre music), karaoke, comics, animated cartoons, video games, television dramas, films, and idols -- teenage singers and actors. As pop culture not only entertains but is also a reflection of society, the book is also about Japan itself -- its similarities and differences with the rest of the world, and how Japan is changing. Relations between the sexes, shifting gender roles, social and family life, Japan's cultural identity, and views on love, work, duty, dreams, war and peace, good and evil, beauty and ugliness, life and death -- all are cast in a revealing light by Japanese pop culture as presented in this book. The authors are all specialists on their subjects, and in addition to analyzing Japan's pop culture they give the reader a direct taste through the presentation of story plots, character profiles, song lyrics, manga (comics) samples, photographs and other visuals, as well as the thoughts and words of Japan pop's artists, creators and fans. The book features 32 pages of manga plus 50 additional photos, illustrations, and shorter comic samples.

Japanese Farm Food

Author: Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449418295

Category: Cooking

Page: 386

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'Japanese Farm Food' offers a unique window into life on a Japanese farm through the simple, clear-flavoured recipes cooked from family crops and other local, organic products. The multitude of vibrant images by Kenji Miura of green fields, a traditional farmhouse, antique baskets and ceramic bowls filled with beautiful, simple dishes are interwoven with Japanese indigo fabrics to convey an intimate, authentic portrait of life and food on a Japanese farm.

Japanese Hermeneutics

Current Debates on Aesthetics and Interpretation

Author: Michael F. Marra

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824824570

Category: Philosophy

Page: 247

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Japanese Hermeneutics provides a forum for the most current international debates on the role played by interpretative models in the articulation of cultural discourses on Japan. It presents the thinking of esteemed Western philosophers, aestheticians, and art and literary historians, and introduces to English-reading audiences some of Japan's most distinguished scholars, whose work has received limited or no exposure in the United States. In the first part, Hermeneutics and Japan, contributors examine the difficulties inherent in articulating otherness without falling into the trap of essentialization and while relying on Western epistemology for explanation and interpretation. In the second part, Japan's Aesthetic Hermeneutics, they explore the role of aesthetics in shaping discourses on art and nature in Japan. The essays in the final section of the book, Japan's Literary Hermeneutics, rethink the notion of Japanese literature in light of recent findings on the ideological implications of canon formations and transformations within Japan's prominent literary circles.

Japanese Images of Nature

Cultural Perspectives

Author: Pamela J. Asquith,Arne Kalland

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780700704453

Category: Philosophy

Page: 290

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It is often claimed that the Japanese have a particular love for nature, a love often reflected in their art and material culture. But today equal notice is being given to the environmental degradation caused by the Japanese at home as well as abroad. How can these phenomena be reconciled? This issue is but one of several raised that this volume seeks to address in its examination of the human-nature relationship in Japan. Through topics ranging from medieval literature and fine arts through to modern vending machines and tourism, the authors document the great diversity in how people perceive their natural environment and how they come to terms with nature, be it through brute force, rituals or idealization. The main message of the book is that 'nature' and the 'natural' are concepts very much conditioned by their context, an approach quite different from the uncompromising stance so often found in the West.