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  • BookLiterature

    What Was the Showa Emperor Fighting? “Authentic Accounts” of his 87 Years (Showa Ten’no wa Nan to Tatakatteita no ka “Jitsuroku” de Yomu 87 Nen no Shōgai)

    The Imperial Household Agency completed over 61 volumes of records over the course of 24 years, totaling 12,137 pages. Author Makoto Inoue made a careful reading of this great historical record, entitled Authentic Accounts of the Showa Emperor (Showa Ten’no Jitsuroku). What Was the Showa Emperor Fighting stitches together the 87 year, 8 month-long life story of the Showa Emperor in an approachable, diary-style format.

  • BookLiterature

    Understanding 30 Years of the Heisei Period with Manga (Manga de Wakaru Heisei no San-jyū Nen)

    Thirty years of the Heisei period, thoroughly analyzed in manga form. Japan’s bubble economy, natural disasters, the fight with terror, an evolving network environment, globalism—looking back on an era of immense change. Including explanations by charismatic preparatory school teacher Shun'ichirō Kanaya.

  • BookLiterature

    The Tale of Shizo Kanakuri: Japan’s First Olympic Runner

    The story of Shizo Kanakuri (1891-1983), the star of NHK’s upcoming 2019 long-distance running television series Taiga Drama, in manga form. Expectations for the 2020 Tokyo games are on the rise as we follow his life as the first Japanese Olympic athlete, founding member of the Hokaido Ekiden marathon, and major influencer in the world of sports.

  • BookLiterature

    Tales of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

    Tokyo, 1964—this is the hotly exciting drama of those who cheered in the shadows of the miraculous games. As the next games approach, this work will have you relive the daring bravery and look toward the future with heart-palpitating anticipation. Fully stocked with hints on how Japan is making progress.

  • BookLiterature

    The Emperor’s Message (Ten’nō Messeji)

    A deeper dive into investigative author Kōji Yabe’s 2015 book: A Message from Emperor Akihito: The Country that Doesn’t Fight (Sensō o shi nai Kuni: Akihito Ten'nō Messēji).

    “Because I have no experience as an ordinary Japanese person, I’ve never once thought of what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve never thought about choosing any other path than that of the Imperial household.” —Emperor Akihito, American news conference, 1987

    “It doesn’t matter if stones are thrown. I want to walk amongst the people without fearing such things.” —Emperor Akihito, prior to visiting Okinawa, 1975

    “Although it may be shameful to have others think me weak, I do not live in despair.” —Empress Michiko, 1980

  • BookLiterature

    Heisei History

    From the burst of Japan’s economic bubble to the Aum Shinrikyo terrorist attacks and the Fukushima nuclear meltdown—what happened? And why? Writer and man-of-the-era Masaru Sato teams up with Keio University Professor Morihide Katayama for an exhaustive look at politics, economics, accidents, and culture of the past 30 years in Japan.

  • BookArt

    Japan: Endless Discovery

    Brought to you by the relatives of Admiral Perry’s attendant cameraman: stunning photographs documenting “Japan Beyond Time” using wet-plate collodion techniques from the final days of the Shogunate’s reign. Exploring the incredible development of spirituality and sense of self in Japan since pre-history until now, 150 years after the Meiji Restoration.

  • BookTradition

    To-ji Temple

    To-ji temple, located just south of Kyoto train station, serves as headquarters for the Shingon School of Buddhism. This full-color English language guide provides the ideal introduction to To-ji’s popular Buddhist statuary and other prized works—many of them National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties—and the history behind them.

  • BookTradition

    Ise Jingu and the Origins of Japan

    Author of several photo books about Ise Shrine, Miori Inata eloquently captures the beauty of Japan and its ancient traditions of recycling and symbiosis. This all-English edition features "the sacred place of water and forest," Ise Jingu. Revised by an American editor and British designer.

  • BookTradition

    Samurai Castle  (Bilingual Guide to Japan)

    Written in both English and Japanese. This unique handbook provides a thorough introduction to traditional Japanese castles and features the country’s most famous castles, including those designated as World Heritage sites. A perfect gift for anyone planning to visit Japan or interested in Japanese culture.