Newly Arrived Books (June 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. In transit: the formation of the colonial East Asian cultural sphere / Faye Yuan Kleeman
University of Hawai’i Press, 2014

Without an established political and ideological point of view, the author freshly depicts colonial East Asia in the Japanese imperial period as a cultural sphere.
Examining Japanese colonial culture, the book reveals Pan-Asianism on a personal level through the activities of revolutionist Miyazaki Toten, educator Kawahara Misako, and Japanese female writers and dancers as well.

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2. War and health insurance policy in Japan and the United States: World War II to postwar reconstruction / Takakazu Yamagishi
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011

This is a comparative examination of health insurance in the United States and Japan during and after the war. The author explores how World War Ⅱ shaped the health care systems of both countries. He discusses the impact of the war on four factors: political structure, interest group politics, political culture, and policy feedback.

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3. Deco Japan: shaping art and culture, 1920-1945 / Kendall Brown, editor; essays by Tim Benton et al.
Art Services International, 2012

A catalog of an exhibition held in the United States on art deco in Japan during the Taisho and Showa periods. Nearly 200 works of art and visual culture, including clothing and posters, are introduced.

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4. Obtaining images: art, production and display in Edo Japan / Timon Screech
University of Hawai’i Press, 2012

The author deals with the subjects and images in Japanese wood-block prints or paintings of the Edo era, elucidating what they symbolize, why they were drawn, where the productions were displayed, and the relation between the owner’s rank and the motifs.

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5. Hiroshi Sugimoto: Revolution / edited by Armin Zweite
Hatje Cantz, 2012

A collection of photographs by the Hasselblad Award-winning photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto dealing with nighttime seascapes. Published as the catalogue of an exhibit held at the Museum Brandthorst, Munich, from October 25, 2012 to February 10, 2013.

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6. Composing Japanese musical modernity / Bonnie C. Wade
University of Chicago Press, 2014

The author explores Japan’s musical modernity over 150 years from Meiji, focusing on composers. For most of Japan’s musical history, composition and performance were deeply intertwined. As the infrastructure of modernity developed, a new role of composer apart from performer was created. Western music was adopted into the curriculum of a new educational system as a technology for producing shared cultural space for all Japanese people.

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7. Dance of the butterflies: Chinese poetry from the Japanese court tradition / translated and edited with introductions and commentaries by Judith N. Rabinovitch and Timothy R. Bradstock
East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2005

An anthology of some 300 kanshi (Chinese poetry) in the Japanese court during the Nara and Heian periods (a few dating back to the Asuka period), along with extensive annotations. It also includes biographies of poets of the Nara and Heian periods.

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