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  1. Japan: The Ultimate Samurai Guide

    An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen
    Part Samurai history, part martial arts guide, this is THE book for anyone interested in Japan's fabled Samurai culture. Author Alexander Bennett is the ultimate insider, holding multiple black belts in Kendo and Naginata as well as a Ph.D. in Japanese literature and history. In this book, he shares his vast personal experience and knowledge with readers seeking to undertake their own personal quest in the Japanese martial arts. Bennett outlines the history of Bushido and the Japanese...
  2. The Satsuma Rebellion: The Last Stand of the Samurai

    Illustrated Japanese History - The Last Stand of the Samurai
    A gripping graphic novel describing the uprising of 1877, when the old style samurai were crushed in a bloody conflict with the imperial army that ended samurai power in Japan Award-winning comic book writer Sean Michael Wilson and acclaimed manga artist Akiko Shimojima team up to tell the riveting story that changed the face of modern Japan. Depicting thrilling scenes of battles, gunships, castle sieges, and the samurais' heroic last stand, this book portrays the bloody uprising of 1877,...
  3. Tokyo Pop-Up Book

    This adventurous pop-up book for kids whisks you on a whirlwind tour of Tokyo's most famous landmarks!
    Tokyo Pop-Up Book cleverly pairs cultural and geographical information with artful paper engineering and an exciting storyline. Follow Chico, a 13-year-old shutterbug, and his mischievous cat Neko as they travel to the world's largest city. It doesn't take long for things to go off course when Neko decides to do some sightseeing on her own! As the pair travels the twists and turns of Tokyo, they pass through unique sites, each with an action pop-up to discover: Asakusa Temple, an ancient...
  4. The Little Book Of Tokyo

    A photographic journey through the modern marvels and historical treasures of Tokyo
    Take a photographic journey through the modern marvels and historical treasures of Tokyo with this informative, portable Japan travel guide. In The Little Book of Tokyo, veteran photojournalist Ben Simmons continues a quest he began over two decades ago to seek out and share his creative viewpoint and insider's perspective. Small enough to carry while traveling in Japan, this book is an ideal travel companion for a Tokyo experience, whether you're planning your trip, on your way, or merely...
  5. Gamô - The Struggle Begins

    Gamô - The Struggle Begins: The Ômi Gamô (940-1557)
    In this first volume of two on the Gamô clan from Ômi province, Terje Solum traces the family origin and follows the clan and its members through the turbulent centuries leading up to 1557. Along with the Gamô there is a lot of information on many other families from Ômi, the Asai, Sasaki, Rokkaku and Kyôgoku, even the warrior monks from Mount Hiei and families from neighbouring provinces such as the Asakura, Saitô and the Ashikaga. The book contains several colour plates, colour photos,...
  6. Tokyo Geek's Guide

    The Ultimate Guide to Japan's Otaku Culture.
    Branded the "ultimate guide to Japan's otaku culture", Gianni Simone covers Tokyo through the geeky kaleidoscope of manga, anime, gaming, cosplay, and idols. If this isn't exactly why you have come to Tokyo this guide will not be your first choice. If, on the other hand, you share the slightest interest in the nerdier aspects of Japanese culture this will be your constant companion when exploring Tokyo. Gianni Simone is a correspondent for Vogue Italia, a regular contributor to the Japan...
  7. Manabeshima Island Japan

    To be honest: manga-like picture books, especially in the guise of "graphic novels", are not my first choice of reading. So I was very skeptical when I opened "Manabeshima Island Japan", Florent Chavouet's second illustrated book on Japan. Je m'excuse! After I had read through the first few pages I realized that I had to reconsider my preconceptions about illustrated cultural guides. Here is a veritable gem depicting a Japan so different from other guidebooks; a Japan far apart from glitzy...
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