The fiction of the drinking bout allowed Chomin to debate freely topical political issues, in a discussion that offers an astute analysis of contemporary European politics and a prophetic vision of Japan's direction. Their discussion is moderated by the imperturbable Master Nankai, who loves nothing more than to drink and argue politics.
In the Realm of a Dying EmperorVintage #ad - Yet this insightful book by a japanese-american scholar who grew up in both cultures reveals the hidden fault lines in the realm of the dying emperor by telling the stories of three unlikely dissenters: a supermarket owner who burned the national flag; an aging widow who challenged the state's "deification" of fallen soldiers; and the mayor of Nagasaki, who risked his career and his life by suggesting that Hirohito bore some responsibility for World War II.
. To do otherwise would have exposed them to terrorism from the vigilant right wing. When the emperor hirohito died in 1989, japanese newspapers had to use a special, exalted word to refer to his death, and had to depict his life uncritically, as one beginning in turbulence but ending in magnificent accomplishment.
Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan's Cold War Asian VoicesRowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - For most, their new home proved a place of poverty and hardship; for thousands, it was a place of persecution and death. Ranging from geneva to pyongyang, 000 people, most of them ethnic koreans, this remarkable book takes readers on an odyssey through one of the most extraordinary forgotten tragedies of the Cold War: the "return" of over 90, from Japan to North Korea from 1959 onward.
The great majority of the koreans who journeyed to North Korea in fact originated from the southern part of the Korean peninsula, and many had lived all their lives in Japan. Though most left willingly, persuaded by propaganda that a bright new life awaited them in North Korea, the author draws on recently declassified documents to reveal the covert pressures used to hasten the departure of this unwelcome ethnic minority.
Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan's Cold War Asian Voices #ad - Presented to the world as a humanitarian venture and conducted under the supervision of the International Red Cross, North Korea, the Soviet Union, the scheme was actually the result of political intrigues involving the governments of Japan, and the United States. In rediscovering their extraordinary personal stories, this book also casts new light on the politics of the Cold War and on present-day tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world.
A Brief History of Japanese CivilizationCengage Learning #ad - This compelling text explores the development of Japan through its art, political, literature, and thought as well as through its economic, religion, and social history. The author team combines strong research with extensive classroom teaching experience to offer a clear, consistent, and highly readable text that is accessible to students with no previous knowledge of the history of Japan.
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The River Between Penguin African Writers Series Book 4Penguin Classics #ad - The river between explores life in the mountains of Kenya during the early days of white settlement. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
. Faced with a choice between an alluring new religion and their own ancestral customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. A 50th-anniversary edition of one of the most powerful novels by the great Kenyan author and Nobel Prize nominee A legendary work of African literature, this moving and eye-opening novel lucidly captures the drama of a people and culture whose world has been overturned.
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Kokoro Penguin ClassicsPenguin Classics #ad - Published here in the first new translation in more than fifty years, Kokoro—meaning "heart"—is the story of a subtle and poignant friendship between two unnamed characters, a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei. Haunted by tragic secrets that have cast a long shadow over his life, in the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between his moral anguish and his student's struggle to understand it, and revealing, Sensei slowly opens up to his young disciple, confessing indiscretions from his own student days that have left him reeling with guilt, the profound cultural shift from one generation to the next that characterized Japan in the early twentieth century.
The great japanese author’s most famous novel, in its first new English translation in half a century No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most famous novel and the last he completed before his death.
Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945Cornell University Press #ad - Hildi kang here reinvigorates a period of Korean history long shrouded in the silence of those who endured under the "black umbrella" of Japanese colonial rule. In the rich and varied life stories in Under the Black Umbrella, elderly Koreans recall incidents that illustrate the complexities of Korea during the colonial period.
Impressive for the history it recovers and preserves, Under the Black Umbrella is a candid, human account of a complicated time in a contested place. Looking past racial hatred and repression, Kang reveals small acts of resistance carried out by Koreans, as well as gestures of fairness by Japanese colonizers.
Existing descriptions of the colonial period tend to focus on extremes: imperial repression and national resistance, Japanese subjugation and Korean suffering, Korean backwardness and Japanese progress. Most people, " kang says, although true, "have read or heard only the horror stories which, tell only a small segment of colonial life.
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. Kazuto tatsuta was an amateur artist who signed onto the dangerous task of cleaning up the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, which the workers came to call "Ichi-F. This is the story of that challenging work, of the trials faced by the local citizens, and of the unique camaraderie that built up between the mostly blue-collar workers who had to face the devious and invisible threat of radiation on a daily basis.
Ichi-F Vol. 1 #ad - Altogether, it was the costliest natural disaster in human history. The 9. 0-magnitude quake threw up a devastating tsunami that wiped away entire towns, in the months afterward, and caused, three nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. This is not the story of that disaster. On march 11, 2011, japan suffered the largest earthquake in its modern history.
The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction Very Short IntroductionsOUP Oxford #ad - What are the main characteristics of britain's peculiar constitutional arrangements? how has the British constitution altered in response to the changing nature of its state - from England, to Britain, to the United Kingdom? What impact has the UK's developing relations with the European Union caused?These are some of the questions that Martin Loughlin addresses in this Very Short Introduction.
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