Newly Arrived Books (March 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. Tradition, democracy and the townscape of Kyoto / Christoph Brumann
Routledge, 2012

From an ethnographic point of view, the author discusses the movements and policy making in Kyoto on how best to develop the city, and to create sustainable, livable urban environments while paying special attention to keeping the historical townscape and cherishing its particular traditions.

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2. Quiet politics and business power: corporate control in Europe and Japan / Pepper D. Culpepper
Cambridge University Press, 2011

The author examines the relation between democracy and business in three European countries (France, Germany, and the Netherlands) and Japan, mainly focusing on takeovers.

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3. Optical allusions: screens, paintings, and poetry in classical Japan (ca. 800-1200) / Joseph T. Sorensen
Brill, 2012

This book deals with the relationship of Japanese court poetry during the Heian era with visual arts such as painting, from a viewpoint of screen poetry (poetry composed considering paintings on folding screens).

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4. A geek in Japan / Héctor García
Tuttle Publications, 2011

Originally, a blog introducing Japan written by a Spanish resident. The book includes various contents such as Japanese traditions, modern society, pop culture, and a tour guide of Tokyo, along with abundant photographs.

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5. In little need of divine intervention: Takezaki Suenaga’s scrolls of the Mongol invasions of Japan: translation with an interpretive essay / Thomas D. Conlan
East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2001

This book presents a fundamental revision of the thirteenth-century Mongol Invasions of Japan by revealing that the warriors of medieval Japan were capable of fighting the Mongols to a standstill without the aid of “divine winds” (kamikaze).

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6. Those Days in Muramatsu: One Woman’s Memoir of Occupied Japan / Yumi Goto; Introductions by Grant K. Goodman & Elizabeth Schultz
NUS Press, 2014

Mrs. Goto relocated to Muramatsu with her family after their house in Tokyo was destroyed in a bombing raid during World War II. She became an interpreter while the Americans were in Muramatsu, and recorded light-hearted but perceptive observations of the Japanese-American encounter. She is the mother of Professor Kenichi Goto, Professor Emeritus, Waseda University.

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