Posts in category: Japan

The Crab Cannery Ship and Other Novels of Struggle

November 24, 2016 | Japan | By admin | 0 Comments

By Takiji Kobayashi, Zeljko Cipris

This assortment introduces the paintings of Japan’s premiere Marxist author, Kobayashi Takiji (1903–1933), to an English-speaking viewers, delivering entry to a colourful, dramatic, politically engaged part of jap literature that's seldom noticeable open air Japan. the amount provides a brand new translation of Takiji’s fiercely anticapitalist Kani kōsen―a vintage that turned a runaway bestseller in Japan in 2008, approximately 8 a long time after its 1929 e-book. It additionally bargains the first-ever translations of Yasuko and Life of a celebration Member, striking works that unforgettably discover either the prices and fulfillments of innovative activism for women and men. The ebook includes a entire creation by means of Komori Yōichi, a admired Takiji student and professor of jap literature at Tokyo collage.

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Hikikomori and the Rental Sister: A Novel

November 24, 2016 | Japan | By admin | 0 Comments

By Jeff Backhaus

hikikomori, n. h?kik?'mo?ri; literally pulling inward; refers to those that withdraw from society.

Inspired via the real-life jap social phenomenon referred to as hikikomori and the pro “rental sisters” employed to assist, Hikikomori and the apartment Sister is ready an erotic dating among Thomas, an American hikikomori, and Megumi, a tender jap immigrant hiding from her personal earlier. The unusual, insular international they bring jointly in a brand new York urban bed room and with the tacit acknowledgment of Thomas’s spouse unearths 3 human hearts in situation, yet leaves us with a profound religion within the human potential to discover good looks and which means in existence, even after nice sorrow. Mirroring either East and West in its look for therapeutic, Hikikomori and the apartment Sister pierces the emotional partitions of grief and delves into the ability of human connection to damage via to the realm ready outside. 

Named an Indie subsequent choose, an Amazon most sensible ebook of the Month, certainly one of publication Riot’s five to monitor, and an iBookstore Editor’s selection in hardcover.

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

November 24, 2016 | Japan | By admin | 0 Comments

By Haruki Murakami

A New York Times and Washington Post striking publication, and one in every of the Financial occasions, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The day-by-day Beast, and BookPage's most sensible books of the year

An quick number 1 New York Times Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the extraordinary tale of a tender guy haunted by means of an outstanding loss; of desires and nightmares that experience accidental results for the realm round us; and of a trip into the earlier that's essential to mend the current. the following Haruki Murakami—one of the main respected voices in literature today—gives us a narrative of affection, friend­ship, and heartbreak for the ages.

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Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guide)

November 24, 2016 | Japan | By admin | 0 Comments

By Lonely Planet, Ray Bartlett, Laura Crawford

Lonely Planet: The world's major trip consultant publisher

Lonely Planet Japan is your passport to the main suitable, updated recommendation on what to determine and bypass, and what hidden discoveries anticipate you. store and dine in electrical Tokyo, discover Kyoto's attractive temples and gardens, or hike the majestic Japan Alps; all along with your relied on go back and forth better half. Get to the center of Japan and start your trip now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Japan go back and forth Guide:

  • Colour maps and pictures all through
  • Highlights and itineraries assist you tailor your journey in your own wishes and pursuits
  • Insider tips to save lots of time and cash and get round like an area, warding off crowds and hassle spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, cellphone numbers, web content, transit tips, costs
  • Honest studies for all budgets - consuming, dozing, sight-seeing, going out, procuring, hidden gemstones that the majority guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights provide you with a richer, extra profitable shuttle adventure - together with background, paintings, structure, literature, delicacies, 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 consultant 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 most well-liked points of interest.
  • Looking for a advisor considering Tokyo or Kyoto? try out Lonely Planet's Tokyo consultant and Kyoto advisor for a accomplished examine what each one of those towns has to provide; or Lonely Planet's Pocket Tokyo, a handy-sized consultant curious about the can't-miss points of interest for a fast trip.

Authors: Written and researched by way of Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has turn into the world's best go back and forth media corporation with guidebooks to each vacation spot, an award-winning site, cellular and electronic trip items, and a devoted vacationer neighborhood. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but additionally allows curious travelers to get off overwhelmed paths to appreciate extra of the tradition of the areas during which they locate themselves.

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Picking Bones from Ash: A Novel

November 24, 2016 | Japan | By admin | 0 Comments

By Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Three generations of ladies intersect during this evocative debut novel

My mom consistently advised me that there's just one manner a lady could be really secure during this international. and that's to be fiercely, inarguably and masterfully talented.

No one is familiar with who fathered eleven-year-old Satomi, and the ladies of her Fifties eastern mountain city locate her mother's stressed sensuality a probability. Satomi's luck in piano competitions has constantly gained admire, saving her and her mom from entire ostracism. but if her mother's transforming into ambition checks this soft social stability, Satomi's reward isn't adequate to guard them. ultimately, Satomi is driven to make a drastic choice which will start her existence anew. Years later, Satomi's offerings echo within the lifetime of her American daughter, Rumi, a talented authenticator of Asian antiques. Rumi has constantly believed her mom to be useless, but if Rumi starts off to determine a ghost, she wonders: is that this the spirit of her mom? if that is so, what occurred to Satomi?

Picking Bones from Ash explores the struggles ladies face in accepting their skills, and asks what occurs whilst moms and daughters dare to question the debt owed one another. Fusing mind's eye and suspense, Marie Mutsuki Mockett builds a lavish global during which characters trip from Buddhist temples to the black marketplace of overseas antiques in California, as they try to appreciate one another throughout cultures and generations.

"Marie Mockett brings postwar Japan into the twenty first Century with sensitivity and style, drawing the lives of 3 ladies to light up the strain among cultures. Picking Bones from Ash is a beautiful book."KIT REED

"In Marie Mockett's first novel―which levels in convinced and beautiful prose from a mountain city in mid-century Japan to an antiques enterprise in modern San Franciscotemples, ghosts, and oni demons usually are not inert markers of exoticism: they're embedded in a lived net of human relationships and daily initiatives. starting in a global as stable as Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, Picking Bones from Ash takes the reader down a rabbit-hole as matter-of-factly supernatural as that of Haruki Murakami's Wind-Up chicken Chronicle. This wiry and mild novel, as grounded because it is surreal, is going down like a tall glass of water. other than it truly is spiked: like Rumi, the more youthful of Mockett's heroines, you may be haunted until eventually you end this book." ELLIS AVERY

"Remarkable and arresting, this debut has the pleasures of a fairy story and a singular whilst. Mockett probes the kin mythology of a truly odd line of proficient jap girls who may possibly or will not be descended from the Princess of the Moon, and spins the story of ways they survived post-war Japan, modernity and existence in the USA. A spellbinding new talent." ―ALEXANDER CHEE

"Mockett has made a magnificent debut with Picking Bones from Ash. the following, she creates a fully-absorbing international with vibrant characters who look for what was once painfully misplaced to them. Mockett is a gorgeous writer." MIN JIN LEE, writer of Free nutrients for Millionaires

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Gekkou

November 24, 2016 | Japan | By admin | 0 Comments

By Natsuki Mamiya

THIS isn't really AN reputable TRANSLATION, it is a TRANSLATION performed by way of THE FANS

Gekkou, or "Moonlight", is ready the abnormal dating among a cynical boy and an ideal girl.

Said cynical boy is Nonomiya who spends day in day trip in boredom, taking shelter from his uninteresting existence in his mind's eye. One fateful day, he occurs upon the laptop of the much-rumored attractiveness Youko Tsukimori, overlooked at the floor. Poking out from it's a scrap of paper with the unforeseen identify "Murder Recipe". His curiosity ignited, he instantly stuffs it into his pocket, in simple terms to determine the promising recipe comprises not anything yet situations that could or would possibly not bring about lethal injuries, no longer even beneficial of being known as a plan.

When he tentatively asks her approximately it the next day to come, she hasn't misplaced whatever. yet then her father dies. An accident...

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Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire

November 24, 2016 | Japan | By admin | 0 Comments

“Japan's popular culture, as soon as believed unexportable, is now hitting the shorelines of alternative international locations like a tsunami. In North the USA, younger fanatics devour enormous quantities of manga and anime, whereas teachers more and more research the total J-pop phenomenon to appreciate it. One group has ardour whereas the opposite has self-discipline, and what has been missing is a bridge among the 2. Mechademia is the bridge, and with a reputation like that, how can one cross wrong?  So why wait? Hop on your vast cellular swimsuit and stomp right down to the neighborhood genuine or digital bookstall to buy a replica correct now!” —Frederik L. Schodt, writer of Manga! Manga! the realm of eastern Comics

 

Networks of Desire—the moment quantity within the Mechademia sequence, an annual discussion board dedicated to severe and inventive paintings on jap anime, manga, and the fan cultures that experience coalesced round them—explores the types of hope that constitution and effect a lot of up to date anime and manga in manifestations that diversity from the explicitly sexual to extra sublimated textual content and imagery. amassing unique essays via students, artists, and lovers, Networks of hope considers key matters at play in a jap society more and more doubtful of its position in a globalized international: from idealized representations of same-sex wish in such shôjo manga (girls’s comics) because the Rose of Versailles, to fan fiction encouraged by way of the gender-switching manga Ranma ½, to wish in otaku communities.

 

Deftly weaving jointly wish and discourse, Mechademia 2 illuminates the techno-carnal fantasies, animalistic intake, political nostalgia, and existential starvation underlying the preferred and influential expressions of eastern pop culture today.

Contributors: Brent Allison, U of Georgia; Meredith Suzanne Hahn Aquila; Hiroki Azuma; William L. Benzon; Christopher Bolton, Williams collage; Martha Cornog; Patrick Drazen; Marc Hairston, U of Texas, Dallas; Mari Kotani; Shu Kuge, Penn kingdom U; Margherita lengthy, U of California, Riverside; Daisuke Miyao; Hiromi Mizuno, U of Minnesota; Mariana Ortega; Timothy Perper; Eron Rauch; Trina Robbins; Brian Ruh, Indiana U; Deborah Shamoon, U of Notre Dame; Masami Toku, California nation U, Chico; Keith Vincent, NYU.

Frenchy Lunning is professor of liberal arts on the Minneapolis university of paintings and layout and editor of Mechademia 1: rising Worlds of Anime and Manga (Minnesota, 2006).

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Mechademia 5: Fanthropologies

November 24, 2016 | Japan | By admin | 0 Comments

Passionate enthusiasts of anime and manga, recognized in Japan as otaku and energetic around the globe, play an important function within the production and interpretation of this pervasive pop culture. regularly appropriating and remixing favourite characters, narratives, imagery, and settings, otaku take regulate of the anime characters they consume.
 
Fanthropologies-the 5th quantity within the Mechademia sequence, an annual discussion board dedicated to eastern anime and manga-focuses on enthusiasts, fan actions, and the otaku phenomenon. The zones of task mentioned in those essays diversity from fan-subs (fan-subtitled models of anime and manga) and copyright concerns to gender and nationality in fandom, dolls, and different kinds of intake that fandom deals. person items comprise a notable photograph essay at the rising artwork of cosplay images; an unique manga approximately an obsessive doll-fan; and a travel of Akihabara, Tokyo's electronics buying district, by way of a pupil disguised as a fuzzy animal.
 
Contributors: Madeline Ashby; Jodie Beck, McGill U; Christopher Bolton, Williams collage; Naitô Chizuko, Otsuma U; Ian Condry, Massachusetts Institute of expertise; Martha Cornog; Kathryn Dunlap, U of relevant Florida; Ôtsuka Eiji, Kobe layout U; Gerald Figal, Vanderbilt U; Patrick W. Galbraith, U of Tokyo; Marc Hairston, U of Texas at Dallas; Marilyn Ivy, Columbia U; Koichi Iwabuchi, Waseda U; Paul Jackson; Amamiya Karin; Fan-Yi Lam; Thomas Lamarre, McGill U; Paul M. Malone, U of Waterloo; Anne McKnight, U of Southern California; Livia Monnet, U of Montreal; Susan Napier, Tufts U; Kerin Ogg; Timothy Perper; Eron Rauch; Brian Ruh, Indiana U; Nathan Shockey, Columbia U; Marc Steinberg, Concordia U; Jin C. Tomshine, U of California, San Francisco; Carissa Wolf, North Dakota nation U.

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Parade (Vintage Contemporaries)

November 24, 2016 | Japan | By admin | 0 Comments

In a crowded two-bedroom condominium in Tokyo, 4 eastern twenty-somethings are expecting their lives to start. they've got come from in all places Japan, bringing with them desires of good fortune and romance, yet lifestyles isn’t precisely going as deliberate. Kotomi waits via the telephone for a boyfriend who by no means calls, Ryosuke is sound asleep along with his top friend’s female friend, and Mirai’s ingesting has develop into a significant challenge. in basic terms Naoki, an aspiring filmmaker and the glue that retains all of them jointly, seems heading in the right direction. in the meantime, their round the corner friends are as much as anything suspicious, and a mysterious attacker is terrorizing the local.

whilst a homeless youngster unexpectedly seems, his arrival units off a series of occasions that may convey to mild darkish secrets and techniques the tenants of Apt. 401 have saved from one another—and from themselves. Parade—from Shuichi Yoshida (“Japan’s Stieg Larsson” —The Wall road Journal), the wildly well known writer of Villain—is a surprising tale of lifestyles within the massive urban.

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