The series offers scholarly but accessible narratives relating to significant, popular themes and personalities in Japanese and East Asian cultural history - suitable as introductory academic texts as well as of interest to a wider readership. The seven titles published to date are: Lafcadio Hearn: Japanese Life and Legends; Basho: A 300th Anniversary Celebration; Natsume Soseki: With the First English Translation of Travels in Manchuria and Korea; The Old Tokaido: In the Footsteps of Hiroshige; Rikyu and the Beginnings of the Japanese Tea Ceremony; Budo: From A Swordsman’s Perspective; Confucianism: A Major Philosophy of Life in East Asia.
Torbjörn Lodén University of Stockholm
This book provides an outline and an appraisal of Confucianism as a system of ideas and beliefs that evolved during the past 3 millennia and continue to do so. Its roots are traced back to pre-Confucian times, followed by a detaled examination of some 40 Confucian thinkers. It also describes the ...
This book will be widely welcomed by more serious Budo practitioners who are concerned more about substance rather than style and will thereby gain valuable insight into the mindset of Japan’s unique warrior culture.
Herbert Plutschow, University of California
The first comprehensive book-length study in over half a century of the celebrated Japanese tea master Rikyu, considered the father of the Tea Ceremony (cha-no-yu) that fully contextualizes tea in politics, aesthetics, ritual and art
For the first time in an English language edition published outside Japan, all 55 prints of Hiroshige’s ‘Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido’ are reproduced in full colour. Remarkably, the Old Tokaido can still be found in many locations and photographs of the modern parallel the old.
Introduction and Translation by Inger Sigrun Brodey and Sammy I. Tsunematsu
First publication in English of Soseki’s travels through Manchuria on the then recently-acquired South Manchurian Railway. 6-week travelogue including boat from Osaka to Dairen, railway up the Liaodong Peninsular to Fushun. Many descriptions of Manchuria.
Edited by Stephen Henry Gill and C. Andrew Gerstle
For those with a taste for Japan, Basho enthusiasts and the growing number of haiku poets and readers alike, here is a rare glimpse into a man who may now be reappraised as the ‘favourite uncle’ guardian of Japan’s quiet soul.
Edited by Sukehiro Hirakawa
A discussion of one of the great interpreters of Japan. The Japanese have always revered Hearn and this book shows the West why he is revered. Experts look at his writings and discuss his integrity as an observer and interpreter of Japan and the Japanese.
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