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Newly Arrived Books (October 2013)

The newly arrived books in the library are now on display.

A list of books received in the past 40 days (continuously updated)

Recommended materials by the library staff from newly arrived books:

01_Books and boats

1. Books and boats: Sino-Japanese relations in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries / Ōba Osamu; translated by Joshua A. Fogel
MerwinAsia, 2012

This book is about trade between Japan and China during the Edo period. The description of books brought by Chinese ships is especially detailed.

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02_How Asia works

2. How Asia works: success and failure in the world’s most dynamic region / Joe Studwell
Profile Books, 2013

The author explores recent economic development in Asia, comparing Northeast Asia with Southeast Asia.

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03_Native-speakerism in Japan

3. Native-speakerism in Japan: intergroup dynamics in foreign language education / edited by Stephanie Ann Houghton and Damian J. Rivers
Multilingual Matters, 2013

This innovative volume explores wide-ranging issues related to “native-speakerism” as it manifests itself in the Japanese and Italian educational contexts.

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04_Elegant perfection

4. Elegant perfection: masterpieces of courtly and religious art from the Tokyo National Museum / Tokyo National Museum; edited by Heather Brand; translations by Maiko Behr
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, distributed by Yale University Press, 2011

The catalog of an exhibition held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, commemorating the opening of its Art of Japan Gallery. Items from the collection of the Tokyo National Museum of courtly and religious art, including national treasures and important cultural properties, were exhibited.

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05_Another stage

5. Another stage: Kanze Nobumitsu and the late Muromachi noh theater / Lim Beng Choo
East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2012

In this book the author examines the significance of the late Muromachi period noh practitioner Kanze Nobumitsu (1435-1516) and his plays, referring to Nobumitsu’s style in relation to his predecessor Zeami, as well as the historical and social background.

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06_Frames of anime

6. Frames of anime: culture and image-building / Tze-Yue G. Hu
Hong Kong University Press, 2010

The book introduces the history of Japanese anime, looking at the cultural background such as the traditional performing arts.

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07_An Edo anthology

7. An Edo anthology: literature from Japan’s mega-city, 1750-1850 / edited by Sumie Jones with Kenji Watanabe
University of Hawai’i Press, 2013

This is a collection of various genres of literature written in Edo (today’s Tokyo), especially in the mid-18th through 19th centuries. The volume includes a wide range of writings, from well-known masterpieces to those belonging to the counterculture. The texts are arranged by subject.

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08_Wondrous brutal fictions

8. Wondrous brutal fictions: eight Buddhist tales from the early Japanese puppet theater / translated with an introduction by R. Keller Kimbrough
Columbia University Press, 2013

Wondrous brutal fictions presents eight seminal works (“Sanshō Dayū”, “Karukaya”, etc.) from the seventeenth-century Japanese sekkyō and ko-jōruri puppet theaters, many translated into English for the first time.

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The following newly arrived book includes references about the I-House.

  • [Book]
  • Title: Takumi tachi no meiryokan
  • Author: Inaba, Naoto
  • Publisher: Shueisha International, 2013