Newly Arrived Books (February 2014)

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:

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1. Bones of contention: animals and religion in contemporary Japan / Barbara R. Ambros
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2012

The book discusses pet mortuary practices, past and present, while also introducing animals in premodern Japanese myth, folklore, and religion.

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2. Popular culture and the state in East and Southeast Asia / edited by Nissim Otmazgin and Eyal Ben-Ari
Routledge, 2012

This is a collection of papers which look at popular culture in East and Southeast Asia, along the three themes of soft power, policy making and censorship.

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3. Masculinity & Japan’s foreign relations / Yumiko Mikanagi
FirstForumPress, 2011

Transformations in both Japan’s domestic culture and its foreign relations in the last two decades have led to a shift to a more militarized defense policy. The author explores an intriguing aspect of this shift: changes in what is considered masculine in contemporary Japanese society.

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4. Performing Japan: contemporary expressions of cultural identity / edited by Henry Johnson and Jerry C. Jaffe
Global Oriental, 2008

The volume offers articles which examine contemporary performance in Japan focusing on traditions, regions and popular culture.

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5. The cinema of Takeshi Kitano: flowering blood / Sean Redmond
Wallflower, 2013

The volume explores Kitano’s oeuvre through the tropes of stillness and movement, becoming animal, melancholy and loss, intensity, schizophrenia, and radical alterity; and through the aesthetic temperatures of color, light, camera movement, performance and urban and oceanic space.

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6. War and militarism in modern Japan: issues of history and identity / edited by Guy Podoler
Global Oriental, 2009

This festschrift for Professor Emeritus Ben-Ami Shillony of Hebrew University takes up war and militarism in twentieth-century Japan from a broad perspective, including such topics as wartime cultural activities and Japan’s Jewish policy.

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7. New chronicles of Yanagibashi and Diary of a journey to the west: Narushima Ryūhoku reports from home and abroad / translated with a critical introduction and afterword by Matthew Fraleigh
East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2010

An English translation of two works written by Narushima Ryūhoku (1837-84), who was an essayist and journalist during the late Edo and early Meiji periods. New chronicles of Yanagibashi is an essay written in classical Chinese, describing the red-light district at Yanagibashi in those days, and A journey to the west is a travel record of his Europe tour from 1872 to 1873.

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