By Shusaku Endo
Publish 12 months note: First released 1980
In the seventeenth century, Hasekura and 3 different low-level samurai are despatched to hunt exchange with Nueva Espa?a (today's Mexico). followed via Father Velasco, a Franciscan missionary and interpreter, they pursue their venture from Nueva Espa?a to Spain. alongside the way in which, they undergo not just the hardships of the adventure yet Velasco's incessant proselytizing. The bold priest, who believes that their conversion will achieve him the appointment as Bishop of Japan, convinces them that they're going to be successful provided that they convert to Christianity, and reluctantly they agree. Failure, notwithstanding, is their in simple terms present. After years of wandering, they go back to Japan, the place they face disgrace and persecution. Basing his novel at the genuine voyage of Hasekura, Endo (Deep River, LJ 2/15/95) masterfully inspires the fight among the Western person and the jap collective id and in so doing plumbs the depths of honor, religion, and human patience. the result's an expansive novel of dazzling energy and perception. Strongly steered for all collections.
By James Mark Shields
Within the overdue Nineteen Eighties and early Nineties, the relative calm international of jap Buddhist scholarship used to be thrown into chaos with the booklet of a number of works by way of Buddhist students Hakamaya Noriaki and Matsumoto Shiro, devoted to the promoting of whatever they referred to as serious Buddhism (hihan bukkyo). of their quest to reestablish a 'true' - rational, moral and humanist - type of East Asian Buddhism, the serious Buddhists undertook a thorough deconstruction of historic and modern East Asian Buddhism, relatively Zen. whereas their arguable paintings has obtained a few cognizance in English-language scholarship, this is often the 1st book-length remedy of serious Buddhism as either a philosophical and non secular move, the place the traces among scholarship and perform blur. offering a severe and positive research of serious Buddhism, really the epistemological different types of critica and topica, this booklet examines modern theories of information and ethics for you to situate severe Buddhism inside glossy jap and Buddhist inspiration in addition to in terms of present traits in modern Western idea.
By Steven Heine
A historiographical remedy of Dogen's writings - did Dogen visit China? I've learn different remedies evaluating his Fukanzazengi with the present meditation (zazen) manuals present on the time in China - those are all scholarly remedies and feature little to do with the perform of Zen.
By George Solt
A wealthy, salty, and steaming bowl of noodle soup, ramen has develop into a global image of the cultural prowess of eastern food. during this hugely unique account of geopolitics and industrialization in Japan, George Solt strains the meteoric upward push of ramen from humble gasoline for the operating negative to overseas icon of jap culture.
Ramen’s reputation might be attributed to political and financial swap on an international scale. utilizing declassified U.S. executive files and an array of jap assets, Solt finds how the production of a black marketplace for American wheat imports through the U.S. career of Japan (1945–1952), the reindustrialization of Japan’s exertions strength through the chilly battle, and the elevation of working-class meals in redefining nationwide id prior to now twenty years of monetary stagnation (1990s–2000s), all contributed to the institution of ramen as a countrywide dish.
This e-book is vital interpreting for students, scholars of jap heritage and foodstuff experiences, and a person drawn to gaining higher standpoint on how overseas coverage can impression daily meals world wide.
By Haruo Shirane
Haruo Shirane (ed.)
Bringing jointly students from internationally, Haruo Shirane provides a desirable portrait of The story of Genji's reception and replica during the last thousand years. The essays learn the canonization of the paintings from the past due Heian throughout the medieval, Edo, Meiji, Taisho, Showa, and Heisei sessions, revealing its profound impact on quite a few genres and fields, together with smooth state construction. additionally they think about parody, pastiche, and new edition of the textual content in a variety of well known and mass media. because the Genji was once written through a lady for woman readers, individuals additionally take in the problem of gender and cultural authority, taking a look at the novel's functionality as a logo of Heian courtroom tradition and as a major software in women's schooling. through the quantity, students speak about achievements in visualization, from reveal portray and woodblock prints to manga and anime. taking over such recurrent subject matters as cultural nostalgia, eroticism, and gender, this publication is the main complete background of the reception of The story of Genji so far, either within the state of its starting place and through the world.
This fascinating ebook deals the main accomplished historical past of the reception of the "Genji"
[A] wealthy anthology.
A thought-provoking examine of a seminal work.
(Melinda Takeuchi Impressions 1900-01-00)
Crossing the premodern-modern divide, this collaborative paintings presents a complete background of the reception, interpretation, and version of the Genji. quite laudable is the book's recognition to visible transfigurations of the textual content. It leaves one surprised by means of the phenomenon that's the Genji throughout time.
(Sonja Arntzen, collage of Toronto)
By Donald Keene, Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai
Courting from the 8th century and prior, the Manyoshu is the oldest eastern poetry anthology. The 1,000 poems selected for this well-known choice have been selected by way of a unique scholarly committee according to their poetic excellence, their function in revealing the japanese nationwide spirit and personality, and their cultural and ancient value. textual content is in English and Romanji.
By Armand Clesse, Takashi Inoguchi, E.B. Keehn, J.A.A. Stockwin
During this quantity the reader will locate attention-grabbing kinds of research on Japan simply because it used to be embarking on possibly crucial alterations in its political process due to the fact 1955, whilst the Liberal Democratic celebration was once created via a merger of Japan's dominant conservative events of that period. With the previous chilly struggle verities now not in position, new demanding situations arose for the japanese govt and eastern organizations. The demanding situations of the Nineteen Nineties contain a chronic household monetary downturn, and the necessity to commence redefining Japan's foreign profile within the face of an more and more strong China, an ever extra determined North Korea, and shifts within the shared accountability outfitted into the US-Japan protection treaty.
With jap Philosophy: A Sourcebook, readers of English can now entry in one quantity the richness and variety of eastern philosophy because it has built all through background. prime students within the box have translated decisions from the writings of greater than 100 philosophical thinkers from all eras and colleges of idea, a lot of them to be had in English for the 1st time.
The Sourcebook editors have got down to signify the total jap philosophical tradition—not in simple terms the large spectrum of educational philosophy courting from the advent of Western philosophy within the latter a part of the 19th century, but in addition the philosophical principles of significant eastern traditions of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shinto. The philosophical value of every culture is specified by an in depth review, and every choice is observed by means of a quick biographical cartoon of its writer and precious details on putting the paintings in its right context. the majority of the aiding fabric, which contains approximately 1 / 4 of the amount, is given to unique interpretive essays on subject matters now not explicitly lined in different chapters: cultural identification, samurai concept, girls philosophers, aesthetics, bioethics.
An introductory bankruptcy offers a historic evaluation of jap philosophy and a dialogue of the japanese debate over defining the assumption of philosophy, either one of which support clarify the reason in the back of the layout of the Sourcebook. An exhaustive word list of technical terminology, a chronology of authors, and a thematic index are appended. experts will locate info on the topic of unique assets and sinographs for eastern names and phrases in a entire bibliography and basic index.
Handsomely provided and obviously geared up for ease of use, eastern Philosophy: A Sourcebook may be a cornerstone in jap reviews for many years to return. will probably be a necessary reference for a person attracted to conventional or modern jap tradition and how it has formed and been formed through its nice thinkers over the centuries.