Lost Japan

Author: Alex Kerr

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141979755

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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An enchanting and fascinating insight into Japanese landscape, culture, history and future. Originally written in Japanese, this passionate, vividly personal book draws on the author's experiences in Japan over thirty years. Alex Kerr brings to life the ritualized world of Kabuki, retraces his initiation into Tokyo's boardrooms during the heady Bubble Years, and tells the story of the hidden valley that became his home. But the book is not just a love letter. Haunted throughout by nostalgia for the Japan of old, Kerr's book is part paean to that great country and culture, part epitaph in the face of contemporary Japan's environmental and cultural destruction. Winner of Japan's 1994 Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize. Alex Kerr is an American writer, antiques collector and Japanologist. Lost Japan is his most famous work. He was the first foreigner to be awarded the Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize for the best work of non-fiction published in Japan.

Lost Japan

The Photographs of Felice Beato and the School of Yokohama (1860-1890)

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788891814968

Category:

Page: 160

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An collection of eighty pictures from the Alinari Archives located in Florence, Italy makes up a never-before-published sequence of images including portraits, landscapes, and rituals providing a rare entry into traditional 19th-century Japan. Felice Beato was one of the first Western photographers to enter Japan when the country first opened its borders (1853); he revealed to the Western world a country preserved in time and never seen before. In 1863 he moved to Yokohama and opened a photography school, the School of Yokohama. The photos of the book preserve the original photographic prints, manually coloured black-and-white prints, that truly embody the spirit of that period. Images feature fascinating portraits of women in kimonos, geishas, samurai warriors, and interiors of Japanese homes and gardens as well as scenes of everyday life including tea ceremonies or the theater. Each photo is accompanied by text providing historical, anthropological, and artistic context.

Zwischen den Meeren

Author: Sarah Moss

Publisher: mareverlag

ISBN: 3866483287

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 2001

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Nur wenige Wochen nach der Hochzeit muss ein junges Paar sich wieder trennen – für ein ganzes halbes Jahr. Tom Cavendish fährt nach Japan, um Leuchttürme zu bauen; Ally, seine Frau, bleibt in Cornwall, wo sie ihren lang gehegten Traum erfüllt und ihre erste Stelle als Ärztin antritt. Der neue Status beschert ihr ungekannte Freiheit, doch während sie sich immer tiefer in die Arbeit stürzt und Tom versucht, sich an die fremde Kultur Japans zu gewöhnen, wird die Entfernung zwischen beiden immer größer und das Fundament ihrer jungen Ehe brüchig. Mit ihrer unvergleichlichen Mischung aus psychologischer Einfühlung und intellektueller Tiefe spannt Sarah Moss einen Bogen von Cornwall bis Japan und zeigt zwei Menschen voller beruflicher Entschlossenheit und innerer Einsamkeit, verbunden durch dieselbe Sehnsucht, die Sehnsucht nach dem jeweils anderen.

Examining Japan's Lost Decades

Author: Yoichi Funabashi,Barak Kushner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317503368

Category: Social Science

Page: 338

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This book examines five features of Japan’s ‘Lost Decades’: the speed of the economic decline in Japan compared to Japan’s earlier global prowess; a rapidly declining population; considerable political instability and failed reform attempts; shifting balances of power in the region and changing relations with Asian neighbouring nations; and the lingering legacy of World War Two. Addressing the question of why the decades were lost, this book offers 15 new perspectives ranging from economics to ideology and beyond. Investigating problems such as the risk-averse behaviour of Japan’s bureaucracy and the absence of strong political leadership, the authors analyse how the delay of ‘loss-cutting policies’ led to the 1997 financial crisis and a state of political gridlock where policymakers could not decide on firm strategies that would benefit national interests. To discuss the rebuilding of Japan, the authors argue that it is first essential to critically examine Japan’s ‘Lost Decades’ and this book offers a comprehensive overview of Japan’s recent 20 years of crisis. The book reveals that the ‘Lost Decades’ is not an issue unique to the Japanese context but has global relevance, and its study can provide important insights into challenges being faced in other mature economies. With chapters written by some of the world’s leading Japan specialists and chapters focusing on a variety of disciplines, this book will be of interest to students and scholars in the areas of Japan studies, Politics, International Relations, Security Studies, Government Policy and History.

Die kleinen Wunder von Mayfair

Roman

Author: Robert Dinsdale

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 3426452707

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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Entdecken Sie mit Robert Dinsdales "Die kleinen Wunder von Mayfair" Londons einzigartigen Spielzeug-Laden und einen ergreifenden Liebes- und Familien-Roman zum Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts. Alles beginnt mit einer Zeitungsannonce: »Fühlen Sie sich verloren? Ängstlich? Sind Sie im Herzen ein Kind geblieben? Willkommen in Papa Jacks Emporium.« Die Worte scheinen Cathy förmlich anzuziehen, als sie nach einer neuen Bleibe sucht. Denn im England des Jahres 1906 ist eine alleinstehende junge Frau wie sie nirgendwo willkommen, zumal nicht, wenn sie schwanger ist – und so macht Cathy sich auf nach Mayfair. In Papa Jacks Emporium, Londons magischem Spielzeug-Laden, gibt es nicht nur Zinnsoldaten, die strammstehen, wenn jemand vorübergeht, riesige Bäume aus Pappmaché und fröhlich umherflatternde Vögel aus Pfeifenreinigern. Hier finden all diejenigen Unterschlupf, die Hilfe bitter nötig haben. Doch bald wetteifern Papa Jacks Söhne, die rivalisierenden Brüder Kaspar und Emil, um Cathys Zuneigung. Und als der 1. Weltkrieg ausbricht und die Familie auseinander reißt, scheint das Emporium langsam aber sicher seinen Zauber zu verlieren ... Nostalgisch, rührend und zauberhaft romantisch erzählt Robert Dinsdales "Die kleinen Wunder von Mayfair" von einer jungen Frau, zerrissen in ihrer Liebe zu zwei Männern mit einzigartigen magischen Talenten. Ein Liebes-Roman für alle Leserinnen und Leser von Erin Morgenstern und Jessie Burton und alle, die sich von einem Spielzeug-Laden voller Wunder verzaubern lassen. »Wahrhaft magisch. Diese rundum faszinierende Geschichte wird Sie verzaubern.« Culture Fly

The Lost Wolves of Japan

Author: Brett L. Walker

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295989939

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 360

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Many Japanese once revered the wolf as Oguchi no Magami, or Large-Mouthed Pure God, but as Japan began its modern transformation wolves lost their otherworldly status and became noxious animals that needed to be killed. By 1905 they had disappeared from the country. In this spirited and absorbing narrative, Brett Walker takes a deep look at the scientific, cultural, and environmental dimensions of wolf extinction in Japan and tracks changing attitudes toward nature through Japan's long history. Grain farmers once worshiped wolves at shrines and left food offerings near their dens, beseeching the elusive canine to protect their crops from the sharp hooves and voracious appetites of wild boars and deer. Talismans and charms adorned with images of wolves protected against fire, disease, and other calamities and brought fertility to agrarian communities and to couples hoping to have children. The Ainu people believed that they were born from the union of a wolflike creature and a goddess. In the eighteenth century, wolves were seen as rabid man-killers in many parts of Japan. Highly ritualized wolf hunts were instigated to cleanse the landscape of what many considered as demons. By the nineteenth century, however, the destruction of wolves had become decidedly unceremonious, as seen on the island of Hokkaido. Through poisoning, hired hunters, and a bounty system, one of the archipelago's largest carnivores was systematically erased. The story of wolf extinction exposes the underside of Japan's modernization. Certain wolf scientists still camp out in Japan to listen for any trace of the elusive canines. The quiet they experience reminds us of the profound silence that awaits all humanity when, as the Japanese priest Kenko taught almost seven centuries ago, we "look on fellow sentient creatures without feeling compassion."

The Mereleigh Record Club Tour of Japan

Lost in Japan

Author: Roy Vaughan

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1622129288

Category: Fiction

Page: 600

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The Mereleigh Record Club, a group of 60-something-year-old friends from their old rock and roll days, receives an invitation from a similar group in Japan to visit and assist with a charity fund-raising show. The best-laid plans of the Japanese go astray due to cultural misunderstandings and a case of mistaken identity. Then the daughter of a friend of one of the group, who is an entertainer, goes missing in Japan. The shadowy hand of the Yakuza crime syndicate is believed to be behind her sudden disappearance, and the faction puts heavy pressure on the record group to cancel its tour of Japan. Will the woman be found alive? The beat goes on in the thriller The Mereleigh Record Club Tour of Japan: Lost in Japan. Author Roy Vaughan draws from his personal knowledge of Japan to compile this fast-moving novel. For many years he worked as a journalist covering Japanese affairs for the New Zealand Herald. Many situations and characterizations in his book are drawn from real-life experiences, giving it a high degree of realism.

Windows on Japan

A Walk Through Place and Perception

Author: Bruce Roscoe

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 9780875864938

Category: Travel

Page: 308

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In Windows on Japan, a New Zealander walks across rural Japan and ponders centuries-old perceptions about the country that is still prisoner to an isolationist past. In a deeply insightful commentary, the author surveys cultural, social and political mores, explores the wellspring of racial perception and the problem of the memory of war. Windows on Japan alternates chapters of physical travel with travel through perception about Japan, and challenges the logic of much Western thought about the country that perplexes as much as it pleases. The author walked a route that connects the ports of Niigata and Yokohama and from these windows on the world considers perceptions of people and place. He also assesses the effect of Japan on writers from Jonathan Swift to Oscar Wilde, Shirley MacLaine and Paul Theroux with surprising results. The trading entity that wraps its tentacles around the globe, converses in most languages and understands most customs, is perceptive and urbane and none appears more capable or cosmopolitan. Yet the individuals who inhabit these islands take refuge in their language as a private habitat, resent intrusions, and are captured by a cultural particularism that distances them from others. The author discusses this paradox, as well as environmental and linguistic issues and topics of history and literature. Along the way, he lifts a veil on the life of a snow country geisha, discusses current events with a priest and a reporter, and takes advice on becoming a Japanese. Though he is understood, it is only on return visits to places he has come to love that he wins acceptance. Notes on music delightfully enrich the narrative.

Magic Cleaning

Wie richtiges Aufräumen Ihr Leben verändert

Author: Marie Kondo

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644491011

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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Kaum jemandem macht es Spaß, aufzuräumen und sich von Dingen zu trennen. Die meisten von uns haben einfach nie gelernt, wirklich Ordnung zu halten. Denn auch beim Aufräumen gibt es den berühmten Jo-Jo-Effekt. Doch damit ist jetzt Schluss! Marie Kondo lässt keine Ausrede gelten. Die junge Japanerin hat eine bahnbrechende Strategie entwickelt, die auf wenigen simplen Grundsätzen beruht, aber dennoch höchst effektiv ist. So wird die Beschäftigung mit dem Gerümpel des Alltags schon mal zu einem Fest. Darüber hinaus sind die Auswirkungen, die Magic Cleaning tatsächlich auf unser Denken und unsere Persönlichkeit hat, noch viel erstaunlicher. Der Generalangriff auf das alltägliche Chaos macht uns zu selbstbewussten, zufriedenen, ausgeglichenen Menschen. Vereinfachen Sie Ihr Leben mit Magic Cleaning! Der Nr.-1-Bestseller aus Japan - über zwei Million verkaufte Exemplare

Die Tochter des Samurai

Kriminalroman

Author: Sujata Massey

Publisher: Piper Spannungsvoll

ISBN: 3492983480

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Die attraktive Kunstexpertin und erprobte Hobbydetektivin Rei Shimura verbringt mit ihrem Freund Hugh Weihnachten bei ihren Eltern in San Francisco. Hugh bereitet gerade eine Sammelklage gegen japanische Großunternehmen vor, die im Zweiten Weltkrieg Zwangsarbeiter aus den asiatischen Nachbarstaaten einsetzten. Rei nutzt die Zeit, um in ihrer eigenen Familiengeschichte zu forschen, und stößt dabei auf eine alte Schriftrolle mit äußerst brisantem Inhalt, die einst Kaiser Hirohito an ihren Urgroßvater schrieb. Als auch noch eine Mandantin von Hugh stirbt, scheinen die beiden Fälle mehr miteinander zu tun zu haben, als Rei glauben kann ...

Japan's Lost Decade

Policies for Economic Revival

Author: Tim Callen,Jonathan David Ostry

Publisher: International Monetary Fund

ISBN: 9781589061873

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 271

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For thirteen years excess capacity and debt have weighed down the Japanese economy. This weak economic performance has implications for the world economy as a whole and so the IMF has been involved in a dialogue with the Japanese authorities to identify the policies needed to bring it out of its slump. The papers in this book are part of the process of identifying the causes and proposing solutions. They examine the weakness of the financial sector; corporate restructuring and structural reforms; fiscal policy; monetary and exchange rate policy and the impact of Japanese economic policies on the rest of Asia. The overall conclusion is that although a start has been made on necessary reforms, much still needs to be done

Japan's 'Lost Decade'

Causes, Legacies and Issues of Transformative Change

Author: W. Miles Fletcher III,Peter W. von Staden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317977033

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 158

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Understanding the 'lost decade' of the 1990s is central to explaining Japan today. Following a period of record high growth, the chronic downturn after 1990 raised fundamental questions about the course of the world's third largest economy. This crisis also presented Japan with the opportunity for transformative change. Changes have followed, some of them less than might be expected, and some of them far more sweeping than is generally realized. This volume presents a wide range of international perspectives on post-bubble Japan, exploring the effects of the long downturn on the views of the Japanese business community, management practices, and national policies. To what degree has Japan's traumatic experience prompted basic reforms in terms of legal changes, corporate governance, business strategy, and the longterm national vision for the economy? This book was originally published as a special issue of Asia Pacific Business Review.

Why the Japanese Lost

The Red Sun's Setting

Author: Bryan Perrett

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473838169

Category: History

Page: 234

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This book tells the story of a war unlike any other in history, fought between a nation that believed itself to be invincible, even when its strength was being systematically destroyed by the greatest industrial power in the world. ??Prior to the middle of the nineteenth century, the Empire of Japan was content to remain in medieval isolation and, apart from very limited trading concessions, was unwilling to extend her contacts with the western world. This was all to change however, as Japan hurtled forwards into the twentieth century, armed and determined to carve out a new identity characterised by a dominating spirit. Dejected by the Great Depression of the early 1930s, they were a nation grown from moderate to militant.??Following the pivotal and devastating attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, the Japanese Army were emboldened. Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore, Burma, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies were all overrun with deceptive ease, leading the army to become dangerously confident in their ability. Subsequently named 'The Victory Disease', the author argues that it was this arrogant complacency that led to the army's ultimate downfall. Each episode of note in the history of the Japanese military forces is relayed, as the author dissects, analyses and endeavours to explain the root causes and pivotal decisions that led to defeat.??As seen in the Ormskirk Champion and Ormskirk & Skelmersdale Advertiser

Looking for the Lost

Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan

Author: Alan Booth

Publisher: Kodansha Globe

ISBN: 9781568361482

Category: Travel

Page: 387

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A VIBRANT, MEDITATIVE WALK IN SEARCH OF THE SOUL OF JAPAN Traveling by foot through mountains and villages, Alan Booth found a Japan far removed from the stereotypes familiar to Westerners. Whether retracing the footsteps of ancient warriors or detailing the encroachments of suburban sprawl, he unerringly finds the telling detail, the unexpected transformation, the everyday drama that brings this remote world to life on the page. Looking for the Lost is full of personalities, from friendly gangsters to mischievous children to the author himself, an expatriate who found in Japan both his true home and dogged exile. Wry, witty, sometimes angry, always eloquent, Booth is a uniquely perceptive guide. Looking for the Lost is a technicolor journey into the heart of a nation. Perhaps even more significant, it is the self-portrait of one man, Alan Booth, exquisitely painted in the twilight of his own life.

Homecomings

The Belated Return of Japan's Lost Soldiers

Author: Yoshikuni Igarashi

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023154135X

Category: History

Page: 336

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Soon after the end of World War II, a majority of the nearly 7 million Japanese civilians and serviceman who had been posted overseas returned home. Heeding the call to rebuild, these veterans helped remake Japan and enjoyed popularized accounts of their service. For those who took longer to be repatriated, such as the POWs detained in labor camps in Siberia and the fighters who spent years hiding in the jungles of islands in the South Pacific, returning home was more difficult. Their nation had moved on without them and resented the reminder of a humiliating, traumatizing defeat. Homecomings tells the story of these late-returning Japanese soldiers and their struggle to adapt to a newly peaceful and prosperous society. Some were more successful than others, but they all charted a common cultural terrain, one profoundly shaped by media representations of the earlier returnees. Japan had come to redefine its nationhood through these popular images. Yoshikuni Igarashi explores what Japanese society accepted and rejected, complicating the definition of a postwar consensus and prolonging the experience of war for both Japanese soldiers and the nation. He throws the postwar narrative of Japan's recovery into question, exposing the deeper, subtler damage done to a country that only belatedly faced the implications of its loss.

The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan

Lost Chronicles of the Age of the Gods

Author: Avery Morrow

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1591437504

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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The first English translation and examination of secret Japanese writings dating from the paleolithic to classical eras • Examines four suppressed and secret texts to discover the deeper truths beneath Japanese mythology • Introduces evidence of ancient civilizations in Japan, the sacred geometry of primitive times, and claims of a non-Earthly origin of the Emperors • Explores how these texts convey the sacred spiritual science of Japan’s Golden Age with parallels in ancient India, Europe, and Egypt In Japan there are roughly two dozen secret manuscripts originally dating back to the paleolithic era, the age of heroes and gods, that have been handed down by the ruling families for centuries. Rejected by orthodox Japanese scholars and never before translated into English, these documents speak of primeval alphabets, lost languages, forgotten technologies, and the sacred spiritual science. Some even refer to UFOs, Atlantis, and Jesus coming to Japan. Translating directly from the original Japanese, Avery Morrow explores four of these manuscripts in full as well as reviewing the key stories of the other Golden Age chronicles. In the Kujiki manuscript Morrow uncovers the secret symbolism of a Buddhist saint and the origin of a modern prophecy of apocalypse. In the Hotsuma Tsutaye manuscript he reveals the exploits of a noble tribe who defeated a million-strong army without violence. In the Takenouchi Documents he shows us how the first Japanese emperor came from another world and ruled at a time when Atlantis and Mu still existed. And in the Katakamuna Documents the author unveils the sacred geometries of the universe from the symbolic songs of the 10,000-year-old Ashiya tribe. He also discusses the lost scripts known as the Kamiyo Moji and the magic spiritual science that underlies all of these texts, which enabled initiates to ascend to higher emotional states and increase their life force. Taking a spiritual approach à la Julius Evola to these “parahistorical” chronicles, Morrow shows how they access a higher order of knowledge and demonstrate direct parallels to many ancient texts of India, Europe, and Egypt.