Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan

By Robert Whiting

"A interesting examine a few attention-grabbing those that exhibit how democracy advances hand in hand with crime in Japan."--Mario Puzo

In this unorthodox chronicle of the increase of Japan, Inc., Robert Whiting, writer of You Gotta Have Wa, offers us a clean point of view at the fiscal miracle and close to catastrophe that's sleek Japan.

Through the eyes of Nick Zappetti, a former GI, former black marketer, failed expert wrestler, bungling diamond thief who grew to become himself into "the Mafia boss of Tokyo and the king of Rappongi," we meet the avid gamers and the losers within the high-stakes video game of postwar finance, politics, and legal corruption within which he thrived. this is the tale of the Imperial inn diamond robbers, who tried (and could have finished) the largest heist in Tokyo's historical past. this is Rikidozan, the pro wrestler who virtually single-handedly revived eastern delight, yet whose personal ethnicity needed to be stored mystery. And here's the tale of the intimate relationships shared by way of Japan's ruling celebration, its monetary combines, its ruthless felony gangs, the CIA, American significant enterprise, and maybe at the very least one presidential relative. this is the bottom of postwar Japan, that is merely now coming to mild.

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Erotic Grotesque Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times

This historical past of eastern mass tradition throughout the a long time previous Pearl Harbor argues that the hot gestures, courting, and humor of ero-guro-nansensu (erotic ugly nonsense) expressed a self-consciously glossy ethos that challenged country ideology and expansionism. Miriam Silverberg makes use of resources resembling motion picture magazines, ethnographies of the homeless, and the main recognized photos from this period to trap the spirit, textures, and language of a time while the media reached all sessions, connecting the agricultural social order to city mores. utilising the concept that of montage as a metaphor that knowledgeable the association of jap mass tradition throughout the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties, Silverberg demanding situations the erasure of eastern colonialism and its legacies. She conjures up bright photographs from everyday life throughout the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties, together with information about nutrition, housing, style, modes of well known leisure, and attitudes towards sexuality. Her cutting edge learn demonstrates how new public areas, new relationships in the family members, and an ironic sensibility expressed the angle of jap shoppers who pointed out with the trendy as supplying a sophisticated holiday from culture whilst that they mobilized for war.

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Japanese Spa Resorts

The based layout of the inn and the suitable concord among eastern conventional tradition and the fashionable layout suggestion during this e-book current you either sensual and mental appreciation of the prosperous spa tradition of Japan, the spa nation on this planet. With greater than fifty recognized and distinctive eastern resorts incorporated, the ebook supplies specific descriptions of the scales, amenities, and the layout types of the japanese spa baths of every lodge particularly. From the inner layout of the spacious and shiny reception halls, the luxury ocean-front visitor rooms, and the comfy good looks and wellbeing salons to the outside panorama layout of eastern gardens and the best situation close to the mountains or through a river, and particularly the individualized recuperative spa baths, all exhibit the paintings of the japanese spa lodge grasp designers.

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Red Chrysanthemum: A Thriller (Sano Ichiro Novels)

By Laura Joh Rowland

July 1698. Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to develop into the shogun's second-in-command, is investigating rumors of a plot to overthrow the ruling regime. whilst the research brings Sano's deputy Hirata to Lord Mori's property, he's stunned to discover Lord Mori murdered and grotesquely mutilated in his personal mattress, and Sano's pregnant spouse, Reiko, mendacity beside him. the single strong clue is a chrysanthemum soaked in blood.
            Reiko's account of her activities is something yet stable. She insists that she went undercover to Lord Mori's property so as to examine claims that he molested and murdered younger boys. but if Sano inspects the crime scene, he unearths no hint of what Reiko defined. and each different witness tells a special tale: girl Mori alleges that Reiko was once Lord Mori's scorned mistress and murdered him for revenge. And Lord Mori himself, conversing via a medium, claims his homicide was once a part of Sano's plot to overthrow the shogun!
            until Sano can turn out his wife's not going claims, either he and Reiko--and their unborn child--face execution for treason. Sano fights desperately to save lots of his kinfolk and his honor, as Laura Joh Rowland attracts at the culture of the vintage movie Rashomon to convey us a masterful story of intrigue and treachery.

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Occupying Power: Sex Workers and Servicemen in Postwar Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute)

By Sarah Kovner

The yr used to be 1945. thousands of Allied troops poured into war-torn Japan and unfold through the state. The influence of this inflow at the neighborhood inhabitants didn't reduce within the years following the war's finish. in truth, the presence of international servicemen additionally heightened the visibility of definite others, quite panpan—streetwalkers—who have been gadgets in their desire.

Occupying Power indicates how intimate histories and diplomacy are interconnected in methods students have simply began to discover. intercourse employees who catered to servicemen have been critical to the postwar financial restoration, but they have been still blamed for raises in venereal disorder and charged with diluting the japanese race via generating mixed-race offspring. In 1956, Japan handed its first nationwide legislation opposed to prostitution, which produced an unanticipated impression. by way of finishing a centuries-old culture of intercourse paintings rules, it made intercourse employees much less seen and extra susceptible. This probing historical past unearths an incredible yet underexplored element of the japanese profession and its impression on gender and society. It shifts the phrases of dialogue on a few controversies, together with Japan's historical past of pressured sexual slavery, rape accusations opposed to U.S. servicemen, competition to U.S. abroad bases, and sexual trafficking.

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One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa

Within the Tarawa atoll lies the tiny islet of Betio. In November of 1943, the boys of the second Marine department watched as bombardments destroyed the island's jap defenses. but if the Marines landed, the japanese poured out in their protecting bunkers and started the most brutal encounters of the conflict.

Drawn from assets akin to members' letters and diaries and interviews with survivors, One sq. Mile of Hell is the riveting precise account of a conflict among made up our minds foes, neither of whom could ever examine one another within the comparable manner back.

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Vibrator: A Novel

By Mari Akasaka

Rei Hayakawa, a lonely, bulimic freelance author with a consuming challenge, wanders right into a comfort shop. She's swaddled in her coat and shawl, whereas her recommendations – of alienation, of starvation, of the necessity for gin and white wine – glide in through stream-of-consciousness. A trucker named Okabe walks in, intentionally grazes her at the back of, and while, Rei's mobile phone, set on vibrate, is going off over her center. Rei rapidly will get into Okabe's truck with him – and remains. unexpectedly she unearths herself embarking on a highway trip around the wintry panorama of Japan with a whole, and probably harmful, stranger. Can the actual dating that develops among them provide Rei what she wishes, and will she ever loose herself from her self-destructive traits? either events are wounded, guarded and far away — can they discover ways to belief one another? writer Mari Akasaka brings her trademark wordplay and brilliant imagery to this compelling tale of an not likely pairing set opposed to the awful backdrop of Japan’s highways. tailored for the reveal in 2003, Vibrator has additionally been made right into a film.

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Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan

By Herbert P. Bix

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

In this groundbreaking biography of the japanese emperor Hirohito, Herbert P. Bix bargains the 1st whole, unvarnished examine the enigmatic chief whose sixty-three-year reign ushered Japan into the fashionable international. by no means ahead of has the total lifetime of this debatable determine been published with such readability and vividness. Bix indicates what it used to be wish to study from beginning for a lone place on the apex of the nation's political hierarchy and as a respected image of divine prestige. motivated by means of an strange mix of the japanese imperial culture and a latest medical worldview, the younger emperor progressively evolves into his preeminent function, aligning himself with the turning out to be ultranationalist stream, perpetuating a cult of non secular emperor worship, resisting makes an attempt to cut down his energy, and the entire whereas burnishing his photograph as a reluctant, passive monarch. the following we see Hirohito as he actually used to be: a guy of robust will and genuine authority.

Supported through an enormous array of formerly untapped basic files, Hirohito and the Making of recent Japan is likely to be so much illuminating in lifting the veil at the mythology surrounding the emperor's impression at the global degree. Focusing heavily on Hirohito's interactions together with his advisers and successive eastern governments, Bix sheds new mild at the motives of the China battle in 1937 and the beginning of the Asia-Pacific struggle in 1941. And whereas traditional knowledge has had it that the nation's expanding international aggression used to be pushed and maintained now not via the emperor yet via an elite team of jap militarists, the truth, as witnessed the following, is kind of varied. Bix files intimately the robust, decisive position Hirohito performed in wartime operations, from the takeover of Manchuria in 1931 during the assault on Pearl Harbor and eventually the fateful determination in 1945 to accede to an unconditional hand over. actually, the emperor stubbornly lengthy the struggle attempt after which used the frightening bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including the Soviet front into the battle, as his go out approach from a no-win scenario. From the instant of capitulation, we see how American and eastern leaders moved to justify the retention of Hirohito as emperor via whitewashing his wartime position and reshaping the historic attention of the japanese humans. the foremost to this procedure was once Hirohito's alliance with common MacArthur, who helped him keep his stature and shed his militaristic snapshot, whereas MacArthur used the emperor as a figurehead to help him in changing Japan right into a peaceable country. Their partnership ensured that the emperor's snapshot might loom huge over the postwar years and later many years, as Japan started to make its approach within the glossy age and struggled -- because it nonetheless does -- to come back to phrases with its past.

Until the very finish of a occupation that embodied the conflicting goals of Japan's improvement as a state, Hirohito remained preoccupied with politics and together with his position in historical past. Hirohito and the Making of recent Japan presents the definitive account of his wealthy existence and legacy. Meticulously researched and totally enticing, this booklet is facts that the historical past of twentieth-century Japan can't be understood except the lifetime of its so much extraordinary and enduring leader.

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So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)

By Donald Keene

The assault on Pearl Harbor, which prompted the larger East Asia warfare and its preliminary triumphs, aroused delight and a bunch of alternative feelings one of the eastern humans. but the only 12 months during which jap forces occupied territory from Alaska to Indonesia was once by way of 3 years of poor defeat. however, till the shattering finish of the conflict, many jap persisted to think within the invincibility in their state. yet within the diaries of famous writers—including Nagai Kafu, Takami Jun, Yamada Futaru, and Hirabayashi Taiko—and the coed Watanabe Kazuo, various doubts have been vividly, even though privately, expressed.

Donald Keene, popular student of Japan, selects from those diaries, a few written via authors he knew good. Their revelations have been occasionally poignant, occasionally stunning to Keene. Ito Sei's fervent patriotism or even claims of racial superiority stand in stark distinction to the soft-spoken, kindly guy Keene knew. Weaving archival fabrics with own reminiscences and the intimate debts themselves, Keene reproduces the passions aroused throughout the struggle and the sharply contrasting reactions within the 12 months following Japan's hand over. even if targeted or fragmentary, those entries speak the truth of fake victory and all-too-real defeat.

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