Download E-books The 47th Samurai (Bob Lee Swagger Novels) PDF

By Stephen Hunter

In The forty seventh Samurai, Bob Lee Swagger, the gritty hero of Stephen Hunter's bestselling novels Point of Impact and Time to Hunt, returns in Hunter's so much extreme and unique mystery thus far.

Bob Lee Swagger and Philip Yano are certain jointly through a unmarried second at Iwo Jima, 1945, while their fathers, courageous combatants on contrary aspects, met within the bloody and chaotic conflict for the island. in basic terms Earl Swagger survived.

greater than sixty years later, Yano involves the United States to honor the legacy of his heroic father through getting better the sword he utilized in the conflict. His seek has led him to mad Horse, Idaho, the place Bob Lee, ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, has settled right into a stressed retirement and instantly pledges himself to Yano's quest.

Bob Lee unearths the sword and grants it to Yano in Tokyo. On inspection, they notice that it isn't a typical WWII blade, yet a mythical shin-shinto katana, an artifact of the kingdom. it truly is necessary yet worthy killing for. without warning Bob is on the middle of a sequence of bad crimes he slightly is aware yet vows to avenge. And to take action, he throws himself into the realm of the samurai, Tokyo's darkish, legal yakuza underworld, and the unwritten ideas of eastern tradition.

Swagger's allies, hard-as-nails, American-born Susan Okada and the courageous, cocaine-dealing tabloid journalist Nick Yamamoto, support him go through this unusual, glittering, and ominous global from the shady bosses of the seamy Kabukicho district to officers within the maximum echelons of the japanese govt, yet in any case, he's on his personal and should be successful provided that he can examine that to outlive samurai, you want to develop into samurai.

because the plot races and the violence escalates, it turns into transparent ruthless conspiracy is in position, and the one factor that may be taken with no consideration is that money, energy, and intercourse can force males of all nationalities to grotesque extremes. If Swagger hopes to forestall them, he has to be prepared not just to die but additionally to kill.

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Download E-books Art and Palace Politics in Early Modern Japan, 1580s-1680s (Japanese Visual Culture) PDF

By Elizabeth Lillehoj

Throughout the first century of Japans early sleek period (1580s to 1680s), artwork and structure created for the imperial courtroom served as markers of social status, attesting to the iconic centrality of the palace to the cultural lifetime of Kyoto. Emperors Go-Yzei and Go-Mizunoo depended on monetary help from ruling warlordsToyotomi Hideyoshi and the Tokugawa shogunsjust because the warlords sought imperial sanction granting them legitimacy to rule. profiting from this advanced yet often strained synergy, Go-Yzei and Go-Mizunoo (and to an extraordinary exent his empress, Tfukumonin) greater the heriditary prerogatives of the imperial family members. one of the works defined during this quantity are masterpieces commissioned for the flats and temples of the imperial kin, which have been painted by way of artists of the Kano, Tosa and Sumiyoshi ateliers, let alone Tawaraya Statsu. nameless yet deluxe portray commissions depicting grand imperial processions are tested intimately. The courts fascination with calligraphy and tea, arts that flourished during this age, is usually mentioned during this profusely illustrated quantity.

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Download E-books Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime PDF

By Christopher Bolton, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., Takayuki Tatsumi

A set of essays approximately eastern technological know-how fiction in all it's tastes and kinds. here's the content material, so that you can make a decision if it's anything for you ;P

Part I. Prose technology Fiction

1. Miri Nakamura: HORROR AND MACHINES IN PREWAR JAPAN - The Mechanical Uncanny in Yumeno Kyusaku’s Dogura magura

2. Thomas Schnellbächer: HAS THE EMPIRE SUNK but? - The Pacific in jap technology Fiction

3. Kotani Mari: ALIEN areas AND ALIEN our bodies IN eastern WOMEN’S technological know-how FICTION

4. Azuma Hiroki: SF AS HAMLET - technological know-how Fiction and Philosophy


Part II. technology Fiction Animation

6. Susan J. Napier: while THE MACHINES cease - delusion, truth, and Terminal identification in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Serial Experiments: Lain

7. Christopher Bolton: THE MECHA’S BLIND SPOT - Patlabor 2 and the Phenomenology of Anime

8. Naoki Chiba and Hiroko Chiba: phrases OF ALIENATION, phrases OF FLIGHT - Loanwords in technology Fiction Anime

9. Sharalyn Orbaugh: intercourse AND the one CYBORG - jap pop culture Experiments in Subjectivity

10. Livia Monnet: INVASION OF the girl SNATCHERS - the matter of A-Life and the Uncanny in ultimate delusion: The Spirits Within

11. Saito Tamaki: OTAKU SEXUALITY

Afterword. Takayuki Tatsumi: a truly gentle TIME laptop - From Translation to Transfiguration


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Download E-books Japan (Travel Guide) (12th Edition) PDF

By Chris Rowthorn, Tom Spurling, Brandon Presser, Matthew D. Firestone, Andrew Bender, Timothy N. Hornyak, Laura Crawford, Rebecca

“Japan is an international aside – a cultural Galapagos the place a distinct civilization blossomed, and flourishes at the present time in scrumptious distinction of conventional and glossy. the japanese spirit is robust, hot and highly welcoming.” – Chris Rowthorn, Lonely Planet Writer

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You can belief our go back and forth info simply because Lonely Planet authors stopover at the areas we write approximately, every variation. We by no means settle for freebies for optimistic insurance, and you'll depend on us to inform it like we see it.

Inside This Book…

8 specialist authors
167 temples & shrines
357 jap restaurants
Over a hundred onsen (hot springs)
Inspirational photos
Comprehensive making plans tools
Pull-out urban map
Easy-to-read layout
In-depth background
Skiing in Japan feature

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Download E-books After Dark (Vintage International) PDF

By Haruki Murakami

A graceful, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo in the course of the spooky hours among middle of the night and sunrise, through an the world over popular literary phenomenon.

Murakami's trademark humor, mental perception, and take hold of of spirit and morality are right here distilled with a unprecedented, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka at the Shore and The Wind-up chicken Chronicle foreign bestsellers, with a stunning infusion of center, Murakami has produced one among his so much mesmerizing fictions but.

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Download E-books Constructing Civil Society in Japan: Voices of Environmental Movements (Stratification and Inequality Series) PDF

Japan's post-World warfare II "economic miracle" is famous and lots more and plenty mentioned, as is the cave in of the "bubble economic system" and the just about decade lengthy fiscal stagnation of the Nineteen Nineties. during this selection of essays and articles spanning 20 years of highbrow paintings, Koichi Hasegawa - one in every of Japan's optimal environmental sociologists - finds one other size to the japanese adventure of the past due twentieth century, a constructing civil society. Hasegawa's target during this assortment is manifold, starting with an summary of the goals, pursuits and distinguishing features of environmental sociology. Combining a historic research of the increase of this new self-discipline with an outline of the theoretical frames that outline it, Hasegawa argues that environmental sociology demanding situations the sociological conventions of "disengaged commentary" in addition to the anthropocentrism inherent to the sociological viewpoint. even as, environmental sociology demanding situations a robust environmentalists' point of view, stressing that environmental aren't easily medical or technical difficulties yet are constantly and particularly social difficulties. Environmentalism for that reason wishes a sociological viewpoint and sociology wishes an environmental standpoint in the event that they are to handle the main urgent difficulties dealing with human societies - environmental destruction. within the strategy, Hasegawa not directly offers a compelling solution to that probably interminable query, "What do sociologists truly do approximately social problems?" starting with the rules of environmental sociology and concluding with issues of the stories and destiny clients of eastern civil society, developing Civil Society in Japan will entice a variety of audiences. it really is an introductory textbook in environmental sociology in addition to a advisor to environmental activism. it's a specified advent to civil society, combining eu theories and eastern case experiences to bare the stumbling blocks and possibilities dealing with the japanese citizenry. It severely addresses a variety of sociological and political theories relating to citizen's activism and a number activists' thoughts as a way to remove darkness from stumbling blocks and openings at the direction forward.

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Download E-books The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon PDF

By Ivan Morris

The Pillow booklet of Sei Shonagon is an engaging, exact account of jap courtroom lifestyles within the 11th century. Written through a woman of the courtroom on the peak of Heian tradition, this booklet enthralls with its full of life gossip, witty observations, and sophisticated impressions. woman Shonagon was once an erstwhile rival of girl Murasaki, whose novel, The story of Genji, fictionalized the elite international woman Shonagon so eloquently relates. that includes reflections on royal and non secular ceremonies, nature, dialog, poetry, and lots of different matters, The Pillow Book is an intimate examine the studies and outlook of the Heian higher type, additional enriched through Ivan Morris's huge notes and demanding contextualization.

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Download E-books Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage PDF

By Haruki Murakami

A New York Times and Washington Post remarkable ebook, and considered one of the Financial instances, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The day-by-day Beast, and BookPage's top books of the year

An quick number 1 New York Times Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the awesome tale of a tender guy haunted by means of an exceptional loss; of goals and nightmares that experience unintentional outcomes for the area round us; and of a trip into the prior 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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Download E-books The Gun PDF

By Allison Markin Powell

In Tokyo a faculty student’s discovery and eventual obsession with a stolen handgun awakens whatever darkish within him and threatens to devour not just his existence but additionally his humanity. Nakamura’s jap debut is a noir-spun story that probes the violence inherent to aesthetics.

On a night stroll alongside a Tokyo riverbank, a tender guy named Nishikawa stumbles on a lifeless physique, beside which lies a gun. From the instant Nishikawa comes to a decision to take the gun, the area round him blurs. figuring out he possesses the weapon brings an intoxicating experience of objective to his boring college life.

But quickly Nishikawa’s own entanglements develop into abruptly advanced: he reveals himself romantically concerned with ladies whereas his organic father, whom he’s by no means met, lies loss of life in a sanatorium. via all of it, he can’t cease puzzling over the gun—and the 4 bullets loaded in its chamber. As he spirals into obsession, his concentration is ate up through one thought: that owning the gun isn't any longer enough—he needs to hearth it.

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