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  • BEYOND THE CURVE. by Abe, Kobo
    Abe, Kobo
    BEYOND THE CURVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Tokyo: Kodansha, (1991.) dj. Hardcover first edition - His first collection of short fiction, one which confirms his reputation as one of Japan's most significant modern writers. The stories - often surrealistic - start from the same point: a seemingly innocuous act plunges an ordinary individual into extraordinary, often nightmarish circumstances that lead him to question his identity or his sanity. Translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter. 247 pp. ISBN: 4770014651.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 57867
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  • ZEN AND AMERICAN TRANSCENDENTALISM: An Investigation of One's Self. by Ando, Shoei
    Ando, Shoei
    ZEN AND AMERICAN TRANSCENDENTALISM: An Investigation of One's Self.

    Edition: First American edition.

    Tokyo: The Hokuseido Press, 1970. dj. Hardcover first edition - A comparative study of the products of two different cultures: zen and transcendenatlism. Includes sections on what Zen is, American Transcendentalism and American Transcendentalism in combination with Zen. Christianity and Zen, including two appendices. Brief biography of author tipped in at end of book. Index, vi, 218 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in near fine dust jacket (lightly embossed prev owner's seal)

    Book ID: 59503
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  • THE TEAHOUSE FIRE. by Avery, Ellis.
    Avery, Ellis.
    THE TEAHOUSE FIRE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Riverhead Books, 2007. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, the story of two women - one an American orphan adopted by a Japanese family and the other the daughter of that family -whose lives intersect in late nineteenth century Japan. 391 pp. ISBN: 1-594489300.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80878
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  • THE TEAHOUSE FIRE. by Avery, Ellis.
    Avery, Ellis.
    THE TEAHOUSE FIRE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Riverhead Books, 2007. First edition - The author's first novel, the story of two women - one an American orphan adopted by a Japanese family and the other the daughter of that family -whose lives intersect in late nineteenth century Japan. 390 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 55555
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  • RABBITS, CRABS, ETC.: Stories by Japanese Women. by Birnbaum, Phyllis, translator.
    Birnbaum, Phyllis, translator.
    RABBITS, CRABS, ETC.: Stories by Japanese Women.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, (1982). First edition - Translations of six 20th century Japanese women's stories - writers who choose not to recognize the docile stereotype of Japanese women, but rather to write probing, provocative and sometimes chilling explorations of the female pysche. Translated and with an introduction by Birnbaum. Among the writers are Kanei Mieko, Sono Ayako, Enchi Fumiko and others. ix, 147 p . ISBN: -824808177.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (previous owner's name)

    Book ID: 76309
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  • SOJOURN IN OCCUPIED JAPAN. by Blackstock, Graham Belcher
    Blackstock, Graham Belcher
    SOJOURN IN OCCUPIED JAPAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Vantage Press, (1979.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED by the author with the words "with the best of good wishes" on the dedication page. A fictionalized account - a novel based on the author's experiences - of a young American girl who arrives in Japan in 1945, at the end of World War II, to work with the American Red Cross - among the soldiers was the Army officer, who became her husband. As they spent the years working in Japan, they fell in love with the country and with the people as they struggled to build a new life among the devastation of the old. Illustrated with 42 full-page black and white paintings by…

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    New York: Vantage Press, (1979.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED by the author with the words "with the best of good wishes" on the dedication page. A fictionalized account - a novel based on the author's experiences - of a young American girl who arrives in Japan in 1945, at the end of World War II, to work with the American Red Cross - among the soldiers was the Army officer, who became her husband. As they spent the years working in Japan, they fell in love with the country and with the people as they struggled to build a new life among the devastation of the old. Illustrated with 42 full-page black and white paintings by the artist-cartoonist Takeo Nishijima (based on watercolors which inspired this book). 399 pp. Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 0-53303843X.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 39040
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  • Blyth, R.H. [Reginald Horace]
    ORIENTAL HUMOUR.

    Edition: First printing.

    Tokyo, Japan: Hokuseido Press, 1959. dj. Hardcover first edition - Rather uncommon first edition of this classic and comprehensive English-language work on Japanese, Chinese & Korean humor from all periods (India is not included, although the introduction describes India as the chief origin of world humour.) Among the topics are Chinese classics and poetry, ghost stories, Liehtse, proverbs, Taoism, Zen, short stories, Korean humor and proverbs, Chinese influence on Japan, Japanese caricature, old and modern Senryu, Yanagidaru, and more. Illustrated with a color frontispiece, 26 rather striking inserted plates (7 in color), each with a tissue guard imprinted with notations about the plate, by Kang Hi An, Li Am, Sengai, Hakuin, Tosa Minsunaga and others, and 6 en texte illustrations. Chronological chart, bibliography, index. 582 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good only dustjacket - a solid, clean copy in orange cloth with just a hint of dampness/crinkling to the upper edges of the first few pages, previous owner's name, in a fragile dustacket with rubbing along the folds, and one fold partially split (now protected by an archival cover.)

    Book ID: 36003
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  • TWENTY-FOUR CONVERSATIONS WITH BORGES Including A Selection Of Poems: Interviews by Roberto Alifano 1981-1983. by Borges, Jorge Luis; Roberto Alifano
    Borges, Jorge Luis; Roberto Alifano
    TWENTY-FOUR CONVERSATIONS WITH BORGES Including A Selection Of Poems: Interviews by Roberto Alifano 1981-1983.

    Edition: First printing.

    Housatonic, MA & New York: Lascaux Publishers / Grove Press, (1984) dj. Hardcover first edition - Wide-ranging conversations with this great Argentinian writee on topics ranging from Borges life and work to books, poetry, the detective story, the tango, the Kaballah, and more, translated by Nicomedes Suarez Araruz, Willias Barnstone and Noemi Escandell. Includes a selection of poems translated by Willis Barnstone, Jorge Luis Borges and Nicomedes Suarez Araruz, Frontispiece illustration by Roberto Paez, photographs by Willis Barnstone. A title in the Altamira Inter-American series. 157 pp. ISBN: 0-39453879X.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket (folded slightly off-center, a bit of rubbing to the corners of the folds of the black dj) .Uncommon in this condition,

    Book ID: 62161
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  • Bornoff, Nicholas.
    PINK SAMURAI: Love, Marriage & Sex in Contemorary Japan.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pocket Books, (1991.) dj. Hardcover first edition - From the dj: 'Journalist Nicholas Bornoff opens a unique, richly researched window to the East in this revealing, often surprising account of sexual pursuits and politics in modern Japan. Attitudes towards women, men, family, work and erotic preferences are explored in depth, from the first primitive myths to the neon glare of the modern cities' - including geishas, love hotels, no-pantie coffee shops, erotic comics and more. Photographs. xvi, 479 pp. ISBN: 0-671-742655.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 37901
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  • THE IMPERIAL CRUISE: A Secret History of Empire and War. by Bradley, James.
    Bradley, James.
    THE IMPERIAL CRUISE: A Secret History of Empire and War.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Bradley traces a 1905 voyage to Asia by Roosevelt's emissary William Howard Taft, who negotiated a secret agreement in which America and Japan recognized each other's conquests of the Philippines and Korea. (Roosevelt's flamboyant, pistol-packing daughter Alice went along to generate publicity, and Bradley highlights her antics.) Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; Roosevelt's betrayal of promises to protect Korea, which greenlighted Japanese expansionism and thus makes him responsible for Pearl Harbor. Bradley explores the racist underpinnings of Roosevelt's policies and paradoxical embrace of the Japanese as Honorary…

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    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Bradley traces a 1905 voyage to Asia by Roosevelt's emissary William Howard Taft, who negotiated a secret agreement in which America and Japan recognized each other's conquests of the Philippines and Korea. (Roosevelt's flamboyant, pistol-packing daughter Alice went along to generate publicity, and Bradley highlights her antics.) Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; Roosevelt's betrayal of promises to protect Korea, which greenlighted Japanese expansionism and thus makes him responsible for Pearl Harbor. Bradley explores the racist underpinnings of Roosevelt's policies and paradoxical embrace of the Japanese as Honorary Aryans. Bradley's critique of Rooseveltian imperialism is compelling but unbalanced." Maps, photographs, notes, index. Map endpapers. 387 pp. ISBN: 9780316008952.

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    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 62138
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  • A BRIDGE FOR PASSING. by Buck, Pearl S.
    Buck, Pearl S.
    A BRIDGE FOR PASSING.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: John Day, (1962) dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of how an assignment in Japan helped Buck find her way back to life after the death of her husband. 256 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (bookplate on front pastedown, mostly hidden by flap, price-clipped)

    Book ID: 78276
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  • THE CHINA LOVER. by Buruma, Ian.
    Buruma, Ian.
    THE CHINA LOVER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Penguin, 2008. dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel by this award winning writer and journalism scholar based in part on the life of the legendary Otaka Yoshiko, set in Shanghai during World War II, occupation Japan and the Middle East in the 1970s. 392 pp. ISBN: 9781843549048.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 55818
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  • THE CAT WHO WENT TO HEAVEN. by Coatsworth, Elizabeth.
    Coatsworth, Elizabeth.
    THE CAT WHO WENT TO HEAVEN.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (c 1958) dj. Hardcover - A new edition with illustrations by Lynd Ward of this classic children's book originally published in 1930. A story of the cat who came to live with a poor Japanese artist and brought him good fortune while teaching him patience and devotion. Winner of the Newbery Medal. Square format. 63 pp.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (price-clipped, short closed tear to top edge of dj.)

    Book ID: 58746
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  • MAX DANGER: The Adventures of an Expat in Tokyo. by Collins, Robert J.
    Collins, Robert J.
    MAX DANGER: The Adventures of an Expat in Tokyo.

    Edition: Paperback.

    Rutland, VT and Tokyo, Japan: Charles E. Tuttle Co. (1989). Foreword by Millard (Corky) Alexander. 206 pp. ISBN: 0-804815313.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 67815
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  • TO THE WHITE SEA. by Dickey, James (1923-1997)
    Dickey, James (1923-1997)
    TO THE WHITE SEA.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - The poet's third and final novel set in Japan in the last days of the second World War. 275 pp. ISBN: 0-395-475651.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 71172
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  • ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME. by Ehrlich, Gretel.
    Ehrlich, Gretel.
    ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Her third book, a collection of 10 lyrical and very personal essays on living - not just in the West - but in the universe. When her first book was published, Annie Dillard said 'Wyoming has found its Whitman' and like Dillard's own writings, Ehrlich explores the relationship between the human and natural worlds. Illustrated with brush paintings by the author. 196 pp. ISBN: 0-670-821616.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (remainder line.)

    Book ID: 27961
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  • ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME. by Ehrlich, Gretel.
    Ehrlich, Gretel.
    ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Her third book, a collection of 10 lyrical and very personal essays on living - not just in the West - but in the universe. When her first book was published, Annie Dillard said 'Wyoming has found its Whitman' and like Dillard's own writings, Ehrlich explores the relationship between the human and natural worlds. Illustrated with brush paintings by the author. 196 pp. ISBN: 0-670-821616.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (prev owner's name, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 27962
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  • ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME. by Ehrlich, Gretel.
    Ehrlich, Gretel.
    ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Her third book, a collection of 10 lyrical and very personal essays on living - not just in the West - but in the universe. When her first book was published, Annie Dillard said 'Wyoming has found its Whitman' and like Dillard's own writings, Ehrlich explores the relationship between the human and natural worlds. Illustrated with brush paintings by the author. 196 pp. ISBN: 0-670-821616.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 52537
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  • Farrell, Andrew (transcribed and edited by.)
    JOHN CAMERON'S ODYSSEY.

    Edition: 3rd printing (just 2 months after the first).

    New York: Macmillan, 1928. Hardcover first edition - Based on a holographic manuscript of Cameron, written when he was 72, shortly before his death in Japan, this is the story of his travels from Scotland at age 17, in 1867, to Hawaii and over 3 oceans. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 10 other photographic plates (of an old-time luau, Honolulu harbor, etc.) and many drawings. Notes. 460 pages.

    Condition: Near fine in watered green silk cloth covers, with a black decorative panel on the front cover and gilt lettering on the spine. ( some spotting to the top edge of the textblock.)

    Book ID: 13221
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  • PACIFIC CROSSING. by Gary Soto.
    Gary Soto.
    PACIFIC CROSSING.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1992.). SIGNED first edition - Young adult novel - two 'barrio brothers from San Francisco' go to Japan for the summer. SIGNED on the title page. Glossaries of Spanish and Japanese words and phrases. 126 pp. ISBN: 0-663585228.

    Condition: Fine in pale blue printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 49416
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  • PACIFIC CROSSING. by Gary Soto.
    Gary Soto.
    PACIFIC CROSSING.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Needham, MA: Silver Burdett Ginn. (1992.). SIGNED - Young adult novel - two 'barrio brothers from San Francisco' go to Japan for the summer. SIGNED on title page. Glossaries of Spanish and Japanese words and phrases. 134 pp. ISBN: 0-663585228.

    Condition: Very good+ in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 41763
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  • IDORU. by Gibson, William.
    Gibson, William.
    IDORU.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in 21st Century Tokyo, after the millennial quake. Rei Toei is the beautiful entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan: the Idoru. 292 pp. ISBN: 0-399-141308.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 80114
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  • MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. by Golden, Arthur.
    Golden, Arthur.
    MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. First edition - Rather uncommon advance issue of this debut novel - told as the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, ranging from a poor fishing village in the 1920's to Kyoto in the 1940's and through World War II. Basis for the 2005 Academy award winning movie of the same title. 393 pp. Letter to booksellers bound in at beginning of book.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (a bit of rubbing to front cover.)

    Book ID: 43603
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  • MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. by Golden, Arthur.
    Golden, Arthur.
    MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. First edition - Rather uncommon advance issue of this debut novel - told as the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, ranging from a poor fishing village in the 1920's to Kyoto in the 1940's and through World War II. Basis for the 2005 Academy award winning movie of the same title. 393 pp. Letter to booksellers bound in at beginning of book.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (corners and edges slightly bumped.)

    Book ID: 49676
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  • Golden, Arthur.
    MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Vintage Books, (1999.). Author's highly praised first novel - told as the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, ranging from a poor fishing village in the 1920's to Kyoto in the 1940's and through World War II. Basis for the 2005 Academy award winning movie of the same title. 434 pp. ISBN: 0-679-781587.

    Condition: Good condition in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 47010
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  • THE PRINTMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Govier, Katherine.
    Govier, Katherine.
    THE PRINTMAKER'S DAUGHTER

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Perennial, (2011). First edition - "A sweeping saga of nineteenth century Jaopan, where Oei, the daughter of the great Japanaese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai. " Glossary, 501 pp. Issued as a trade paperback original.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (a bit of rubbing to rear cover).

    Book ID: 59633
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  • Griffis, Faye Campbell
    LANTERN IN THE VALLEY

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1956. dj. Hardcover first edition - A warm and lively story of a Japanese family and the importance of festivals and the continuous work in the rice fields. Illustrated by Vera Bock.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a somewhat edgeworn and price-clipped but overall very good dj.

    Book ID: 11789
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  • YEDO. by Guest, Lynn
    Guest, Lynn
    YEDO.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1985). Hardcover first edition - Historical novel set in Japan in 1860 at the opening of the first British Legation in Yedo - Tokyo - in 250 years. Author's note, glossary, map. 292 pp. ISBN: 0-312896328.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (light toning to pages).

    Book ID: 76475
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  • THE NEXT CENTURY. by Halberstam, David.
    Halberstam, David.
    THE NEXT CENTURY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: William H. Morrow, (1991). Hardcover first edition - A book which reflects on the recent past and offers a wide-ranging perspective on the startling changes now reshaping the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and an analysis of Japan's rise to its present position in the world's economy. I don't think he could have imagined how prophetic he was being when he said the American century is over! 126 pp. ISBN: 0-68810391X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79640
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  • THE DEVIL OF NANKING. by Hayder, Mo.
    Hayder, Mo.
    THE DEVIL OF NANKING.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (2005.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A young Englishwoman obssessed with a past she cannot understandcomes to Tokyo seeking a rare piece of film footage that has been lost for decades. It shows a specific horrifying incident that took place during the notorious 1937 Nanking Massacre." Hayder's powerful third novel, one which alternates between Nanking in China as the Japanese Army comes closer and closer and the underworld of the yakuzi in modern Tokyo. Author's note. 363 pp. ISBN: 0-8021-17945.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 53640
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