Japanese Studies

Showing 1-33 of 33 titles.
Sort by:

Introduction to Buddhist East Asia

Offers a variety of pedagogical and theoretical essays designed to assist professors in introducing undergraduate students to Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan.

Cinema of Discontent

Uses popular films to reveal the tensions generated during Japan’s postwar "economic miracle," challenging the prevailing view that it was a story of great national success.

Approaches to Chan, Sŏn, and Zen Studies

A comprehensive treatment of the shared traditions of Chan, Sŏn, and Zen in dynamic interaction across East Asia, acknowledging the changing and growing parameters of the field of Zen studies.

Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change, and the Transformation of the Japanese State

Looking at Japan, traces crisis narratives across three decades and ten policy fields, with the aim of disentangling discursively manufactured crises from actual policy failures.

The Coming Death

Explores questions of death and mortality in several key texts of East Asian literature and cinema.

The Awakening of Modern Japanese Fiction

Argues that the role of Buddhism in modern Japanese prose literature has been significantly overlooked.

Before Identity

Aims to introduce a greater degree of theoretical rigor to the discipline of Japan studies as a whole.

Urban Migrants in Rural Japan

Offers an in-depth ethnography of paradigm shifts in the lifestyles and values of youth in post-growth Japan.

Merleau-Ponty and Nishida

By Adam Loughnane
Subjects: Philosophy

Places the phenomenologies of Merleau-Ponty and Nishida in dialogue and uncovers a demand for a motor-perceptual form of faith in both philosophers’ meditations on artistic expression.

Imagining China in Tokugawa Japan

By Wai-ming Ng
Subjects: Asian Studies

Pioneering study of the localization of Chinese culture in early modern Japan, using legends, classics, and historical terms as case studies.

Help (Not) Wanted

Shows how Japan’s immigration policy is shaped by the nature of Japan’s economy and elite debates about the country’s national identity.

Age of Shojo

Examines the role that Japanese girls’ magazine culture played during the twentieth century in the creation and use of the notion of shōjo, the cultural identity of adolescent Japanese girls.

Nothingness in the Heart of Empire

Reveals the complicity between the Kyoto School’s moral and political philosophy, based on the school’s founder Nishida Kitarō’s metaphysics of nothingness, and Japanese imperialism.

Inoue Enryo

The first comprehensive treatment of Inoue Enryō, a pioneer of modern Buddhism and a key figure in the reception of Western philosophy in East Asia.

Lifelong Learning in Neoliberal Japan

Explores the trend of lifelong learning in Japan as a means to deal with risk in a neoliberal era.

Japanese Diplomacy

Groundbreaking study demonstrating how Japan's leaders play an important role in diplomacy.

Shinohara Pops!

Surveys the fifty-year career of the avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara.

Nagai Kafu's Occidentalism

Describes how writer Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) used his experience of the West to reconcile modernization and Japanese identity.

The Failure of Civil Society?

A look at the voluntary sector in Japan, which has emerged strongly only in recent years.

Looking Beyond the Mask

Interviews with women in cross-cultural marriages, offering a unique insight into Japanese life.

Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573)

Explores Japanese literary Zen through the landscape arts of poetry, prose, painting, and gardens expressed in the writings of Japan's Five Mountain monks.

Morita Therapy and the True Nature of Anxiety-Based Disorders (Shinkeishitsu)

By Shoma Morita
Translated by Akihisa Kondo
Edited by Peg LeVine
Subjects: Asian Studies

The first English translation of a seminal work in a therapeutic practice that holds increasing interest for Westerners.

Intergenerational Programs

Provides a rarely-seen portrait of intergenerational programs in Japan, including an overview of similar programs in the United States, of growing interest as our population ages.

Steel Butterflies

Explores how Japanese women living in the United States see themselves and how they see American women.

The Folk Performing Arts

Addresses issues concerning the survival and preservation of traditional culture by examining Japan's folk performing arts and the public policies that affect them.

Epic Grandeur

Examines both Western and Japanese epic traditions to argue for a new concept of the epic--an epic of peace, toward which the genre is evolving globally.

Watsuji Tetsuro's Rinrigaku

Watsuji's Rinrigaku (literally, the principles that allow us to live in friendly community) has been regarded as the definitive study of Japanese ethics for half a century.

Wordsworth and the Zen Mind

Studies Wordsworth in the context of Zen thought and art.

Doing Business with the Japanese

This book uniquely prepares westerners for professional contacts with Japanese associates, markets, and audiences. Through stimulating analyses of Japanese society, corporate culture, and communication ...

Plunging Through the Clouds

Edited by David K. Reynolds
Subjects: Asian Studies

Constructive Living brings together two psychotherapies—Morita and Naikan— and their associated lifeways. Both therapies were developed in this century, but their roots extend back hundreds of years ...

Imaginal Memory and the Place of Hiroshima

Hiroshima claims a crucial yet neglected place in the psychic terrain of our individual and collective memories. Drawing on recent work in depth psychology and Jungian thought, this study explores the ...

Work and Lifecourse in Japan

Edited by David W. Plath
Subjects: Asian Studies

The durability of Japan's industrial products now holds world acclaim. But the durability of jobs in Japan—despite misleading Western images of lifetime employment—is no better than in other industrial ...