Items from JREF

  1. Japanese Whisky

    The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit with Tasting Notes from Japan's Leading Whisky Blogger
    Japanese whisky has been around for less than a century—but is now winning all the major international awards. How did this happen and what are the secrets of the master distillers? This whisky book divulges these secrets for the first time. Japanese Whisky features never-before-published archival images and interviews chronicling the forgotten stories of Japan's pioneering whisky makers. It reveals the unique materials and methods used by the Japanese distillers including mizunara wood,...
  2. Lords of the Samurai

    Lords of the Samurai - The Legacy of a Daimyo Family
    Japan's samurai were professional soldiers, but they could also be cultivated artists, writers and philosophers. "Samurai" means "he who serves," and these fierce warriors acted in the service of powerful feudal lords known as daimyo ("great name"). Among the most important daimyo families were members of the Hosokawa clan, whose lineage dates back some six hundred years. Lords of the Samurai brings to life the code of the samurai and the private and public lives of the daimyo by focusing...
  3. Seeing Japan

    Seeing Japan
    A gloriously illustrated book about Japan today— its regions, culture, customs, people, and society Seeing Japan showcases the best of the country today with lavish, full-color photographs and lively text. Introduced here is everything from the natural beauty of the landscape to the everpopular traditional arts and customs, as well as the high technology for which Japan is renowned the world over. The islands of Japan form a crescent stretching from a subtropical twenty-four degrees north...
  4. Early Japanese Railways 1853-1914

    Early Japanese Railways 1853-1914 - Engineering Triumphs That Transformed Meiji-era Japan
    Early Japanese Railways 1853-1914 is a cultural and engineering history of railway building in Japan during the Meiji era. The importance of early railways in the industrialization of the United States and Europe is a fact all of us are familiar with. To witness the amazing parallel development of the railways in Japan, happening at much the same time as America was connecting its vast hinterland to the East and West coasts, is an eye-opening realization. Early Japanese Railways, tells...
  5. Japan's World Heritage Sites

    Japan's World Heritage Sites
    "It's a nice tome for armchair travel, whisking you off around the country from where you sit—or time travel, taking you back to that life-changing decade-lost holiday and old friends."—The Japan Times Visit the most compelling cultural and nature sites in all of Japan with this beautifully photographed travel guide. In Japan's World Heritage Sites, readers are introduced to the temples, gardens, castles and natural wonders for which Japan is so justly renowned—all of those now declared to...
  6. Kyoto: City of Zen

    This travel pictorial and Japan travel guide captures the sites and soul of Kyoto—Japan's historical and spiritual center.
    An elaborate kaleidoscope of craft, artistry and religion, Kyoto is one of the world's most popular travel destinations. Art and design form the weft and warp of this vibrant 1,200-year-old city, home to hundreds of gardens, palaces, villas and magnificent wooden temples, including seventeen UNESCO World Heritage sites. Like a Zen koan, Kyoto defies easy description. Its citizens may work at Nintendo designing video games, at a company designing precision medical instruments, or sitting...
  7. Japandemonium Illustrated

    Japandemonium Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopedias of Toriyama Sekien
    "A fascinating, scholarly, beautifully illustrated, miscellanea of strange beasts, quelling demons, and otherworldly apparitions. JapandemoniumIllustrated will instruct you, amaze you, and transport you to a quintessential realm of Japanese lore." — Guillermo del Toro, filmmaker "Such beautiful nightmares — why bother to wake up? Long before Pokémon took to the streets, the Japanese saw monsters everywhere and in everything. Scholarly without being monstrously studious, Sekien's classic...
  8. Castles of the Samurai

    Castles of the Samurai: Power and Beauty
    From the Publisher The castles of Japan are both technical and aesthetic marvels. They are technical marvels in that they are perfectly suited to their roles of defensive fortresses and administrative centers in time of war. They are aesthetic marvels in that every curve and line reflects an extraordinary sense of beauty. How these castles came about, how they were built, and what their ultimate fate was, all this is depicted in sensitive prose and eye-opening photography. The great period...
  9. Houses and Gardens of Kyoto

    Houses and Gardens of Kyoto: Revised with a new foreword by Matthew Stavros
    Houses and Gardens of Kyoto presents over 500 photos of the most excellent examples of traditional Japanese architecture from every significant historical period in this new edition of a favorite classic. Kyoto, considered the quintessential birthplace of Japanese culture, has survived centuries of damage and the onslaught of modernization, yet remains the undisputed home of the country's architectural and cultural history. This vibrant collection of Japanese garden design and landscaping...
  10. Okinawa: The History of an Island People

    Okinawa: The History of an Island People is the definitive book available in English on the history of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands, and an influential scholarly work in the field of Japanese studies. The histories of Japan, Okinawa, and the entire Pacific region are crucially intertwined; therefore the review of this fascinating chain of islands is crucial to understanding all of East Asia. Few people can point to Okinawa on a map, yet this tiny island sitting between China and Japan...
  11. Sushi Art Cookbook

    Sushi Art Cookbook - The Complete Guide to Kazari Sushi
    As the world's appetite for Japanese sushi continues to skyrocket, the Sushi Art Cookbook introduces readers to the art of creating sushi that looks as fantastic as it tastes! Author Ken Kawasumi—principal lecturer at the Japanese Sushi Institute—is the pioneering chef behind Kazari Maki Sushi. The designs revealed by slicing the sushi logs into delicious morsels can be understated or refined, expressive or playful—whatever suits the occasion! A sushi cookbook like no other, this guide to...
  12. Shingen - The Last Campaign, The Kai Takeda 6 (1569-1573)

    Shingen - The Last Campaign, The Kai Takeda 6 (1569-1573) (Saga of the Samurai)
    Shingen - The Last Campaign. In this, the final book on Shingen, the reader will take part in the last venture of one of the most colorful characters from the Middle Ages. Shingen's final campaign westward - towards the capital, Kyoto, clames most of the contents in this final chapter - his war with Oda and Tokugawa. Was it a genuine push towards the capital, or was it just one last military campaign for glory. The book deals also with topics like the maritime organization and a closer look...
  13. Shingen - The Conqueror; The Kai Takeda 5 (1559 - 1568)

    Shingen - The Conqueror; The Kai Takeda 5 (1559 - 1568) (Saga of the Samurai)
    Shingen - the Conqueror, takes the reader a further 10 years into the life of Shingen. In this volume the fighting in Shinano and Kozuke will be the main focus, but also other subjects will be presented. The kagemusha legend, the family codex for the Takeda clan, the shinobi (spy) network and also a look into the name Shingen - when did it come into public use. The book is filled with color plates, photographs, b/w illustrations and maps. All this in order to present the exciting 16th...
  14. Shingen in Command: The Kai Takeda 1549-1558

    Shingen in Command: The Kai Takeda 1549-1558 (Saga of the Samurai)
    Takeda Shingen's history, which began in Saga of the Samurai: Takeda Shingen, continues in Saga of the Samurai: Shingen in Command. The military exploits of one of the most famous Takeda clan leaders begins in 1549 and continues in this volume through 1558. This volume also explores the history behind and the battles of his war with Uesugi Kenshin from Kasugayama Castle in Echigo, a war that started in 1553 and would last eleven long years. The clashes between these powerful samurai lords...
  15. Takeda Shingen The Kai Takeda

    Takeda Shingen The Kai Takeda (1521-1548)
    Takeda Shingen is both the third book in the Saga of the Samurai series and the third installment in the history of the famous Takeda clan. In this book the saga of the Takeda continues with the introduction of the best known member of the Takeda Family, Takeda Shingen. Shingen's life was one of almost constant warfare, and his military campaigns have earned him renown among students of the Sengoku Period. Begining with his early years, continuing through his efforts to attain clan...
  16. Takeda Nobutora: The Kai Takeda 1494-1574

    Takeda Nobutora: The Kai Takeda 1494-1574 (Saga of the Samurai)
    Beginning where Takeda Rises to Power ends, Takeda Nobutora, the Unification of Kai, leads the reader into the Sengoku Jidai, one of the most turbulent periods of Japanese history. This 150-year period began with the Onin War, which lasted from 1467 to 1477. Families of all sizes battled during this time; usually until one of the families either surrendered or was destroyed. As this conflict grew in size its original causes were soon forgotten. During this time local lords and ji-samurai...
  17. Takeda Rises To Power

    The Kai Takeda (1130-1467)
    The Saga of the Samurai is a multi-volume series bringing to life the little-known histories of the key samurai families of importance during the Sengoku Jidai (1467-1615), a 150-year period of nearly constant strife within Japan. The first book explores the beginning, and early history of the Takeda family of Kai Province. In the West, this aristocratic clan is best known for it's charismatic and able leader Takeda Shingen, who lived during the sixteenth century. The general history of the...
  18. Butterfly Kyoto

    Butterfly Nightclub in Kiyamachi, Kyoto High-class space in Kyoto centered on the night-life scene. The entrance is designed using top of the line LED that light up the pure-white walls in seven different colors. The island bar is built for easy access, allowing you to order your drink from anywhere and the VIP seats are set up to give you the full clubbing experience. Butterfly features a list of top DJs from all over Japan and the world. Here you can enjoy top of the line music, drinks,...
  19. Black Ships: Illustrated Japanese History-The Americans Arrive

    On the 14th of July, 1853, the USS Plymouth, Mississippi, Saratoga, and Susquehanna sailed into Yokosuka, Japan. The mysterious -Black Ships- had arrived. In this stirring account of a pivotal moment in modern Japanese history, award-winning author and illustrator team Sean Michael Wilson and Akiko Shimojima tell the story of the four American -Black Ships- that arrived in Japan in 1853 under the command of Commodore Perry to force Japan to open up to trade. The book compellingly portrays...
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