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The Four Seasons of T'ang Poetry

by John C.H. Wu

The poets of ancient China were singing their songs to the 20th century, indeed for all time, and Dr. Wu, with the soul of a poet himself, interprets them with deep understanding. He knows the singers as they worked in the fields of millet, repaired the river dikes, or gathered marshmallows at the time of the Ch'ing Ming Festival, and faithfully records their emotions.Dr. Wu feels that the T'ang poetry, like the soul of universal man, falls naturally into four seasons. Because of his broad humanity and meticulous craftsmanship, many Chinese consider him their greatest poet.

From Castle to Teahouse

by John B. Kirby

The Momoyama period of Japanese art history, at the turn of the 16th century, is perhaps best known to the West through the resplendent paintings of the Kano masters and their fellow artists. Yet this same period offers such a variety of architectural pleasures that, in at least one of its many facets, it makes an appeal to every taste. It ranges from the largest and most imposing castles to the smallest and most tastefully designed teahouses. Paintings and gardens are an integral part of it, as they are in all Japanese architecture, and here, also, the range extends from the gorgeous and elaborate to the utmost in simplicity and restraint. It is with this exuberant period in Japanese history that the present book is concerned. Its purpose is to present, against a background of colorful history, the architectural achievements of an elegant age.In the first part of this book, Mr. Kirby discusses and illustrates the principal forms of castle, shoin, and sukiya architecture that he considers to the most important contributions of the Momoyama period. The second part presents existing examples of Momoyama structures together with a brief section on developments of less importance in religious architecture and construction of an essentially engineering nature. All of these are pictured in a generous selection of excellent photographs accompanied by plans and elevations for a number of the structures discussed.

Freeman Walker

by David Allen Cates

Freeman Walker is a story told by a mulatto slave, Jimmy Gates, freed by his owner-father when he is 7-years-old, separated from his mother and everything he holds dear. After receiving an unforgettable talk by his father about the rules of life he will no doubt discover on his journeys, and a copy of the Declaration of Independence, he is sent to England to get an education. Jimmy, in the first of the novel's great ironies, has had a blissful, loving childhood and never understood he wasn't free until his new "freedom" enslaves him miserably. Despite his loneliness for home, he learns fast and well and makes himself a good and popular student. Four years pass, and while he is waiting for his father to visit for the first time, he learns that his father's ship has sunk and his father has drowned at sea. Bereft of financial support, mourning still his long lost mother and now his father's death, Jimmy is sent to a London workhouse where he spends six years making saddles, reading heroic novels to his companions, being sexually abused by the proprietor, finding the comfort of prostitutes, and discovering the inspirational speeches of an Irish revolutionary named Cornelius O'Keefe, or O'Keefe of the Sword.When he is 18, dreaming himself a warrior and a hero, he returns to the States to rescue his mother. While looking for his mother in northern Virginia-he discovers that if he wears a hat he can pass for white-he gets caught in a major battle. Jimmy is overjoyed to be able to take part, but is soon overwhelmed by its horror. Untrained, and unattached to any unit, he nevertheless has a chance meeting with O'Keefe of the Sword, who is now a Union General leading a brigade of Irishmen. Jimmy saves O'Keefe on the battlefield, but later is captured himself by Confederate forces, and again made a slave, spending the next two years attached to a confederate regiment digging graves. When his unit is overrun and he is found shackled in a root cellar with his friend, a Yankee officer presents to him a terrible choice, stay locked up, or commit an atrocity and go free. He chooses to walk free.He changes his name to Freeman Walker and as he reinvents himself once again and makes his way into the mythic territory of the Great American West, the novel begins to change. He hopes to live peacefully by getting rich, and he does live peacefully and get rich, for a while. But his race catches up again, and he is lynched, and he loses his treasure, and he surrenders to the mud on the side of the road, and looks forward to the coming winter and his own demise.But into the territory that winter rides the new territorial governor, none other than his childhood hero, Cornelius O'Keefe, who the war has turned into a pacifist. Freeman's life changes once more as he becomes O'Keefe's secretary, and the two of them, joined by a half-breed captain named Felix Belly-three outcasts-form the only government in the Territory, a wild and savage place run by vigilantes. Their quixotic attempt to stop the vigilantes from a campaign of terror against the Natives spurs a terrible but noble adventure and brings Freeman a kind of rebirth in which he finally comes to understand the meaning of moral freedom.

Foreign Correspondents in Japan

by Charles Pomeroy

Since its founding in 1945, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ) has been a haven for working journalists. From its origins at "No. 1 Shimbun Alley" in the ruins of Tokyo immediately after World War II, the club quickly took on a life of its own. At times it became like a miniature United Nations, meeting the needs of hundreds of foreign journalists from around the world, who used it as a working press center as well as a social oasis.Club members, who include several Pulitzer Prize winners, have personally witnessed and reported on some of the most momentous events of the last half century-the end of World War II and the occupation of Japan; the revolution in China; the Korean War; Vietnam and the student riots of the 1960s; the height of the Cold War; Japan's economic miracle and the subsequent collapse of the "bubble" economy; the death of Emperor Hirohito; and much more.Foreign Correspondents in Japan gives an intimate and colorful look at these journalists who covered Asia for the rest of the world during five decades of sweeping change, and provides first-person accounts of history as it was being written.

Very Greedy Bee

by Steve Smallman

MINE! That's what the very greed bee says to anyone who asks him to share. While all the other bees work hard to clean the hive and make honey, they very greedy bee spends all of his time gobbling pollen and guzzling nectar. <P><P>One day he finds a meadow full of flowers and decides not to tell anyone. He spends the entire day buzzing from flower to flower until. . . THUMP. The very greedy bee is so full that he cannot fly! It's getting dark and he doesn't know how to get home unless he flies. With the help of some new found friends the very greed bee is able to return to his hive and has learned that it's best to work with others and share what you have.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law (2nd Edition)

by Pamela Darr Wright Peter W. D. Wright

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition provides a clear roadmap to the laws and how to get better services for all children with disabilities. This Wrightslaw publication is an invaluable resource for parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys. You will refer to this book again and again.

This Is The Way We Go To School

by Edith Baer

This book shows how much fun getting to school can be for children around the world. Filled with silly rhymes and hilarious illustrations, this book will inspire children as it teaches them that school is a wonderful and exciting place to be.

A Gift of Japanese Flowers

by Alfred Koehn

Enjoyed by young and old, rich and poor, hanami, or flower-viewing, is an integral part of the Japanese people's appreciation of beauty in nature, and plays an important role in their social life as well.

Go Fundamentals

by Shigemi Kishikawa John Fairbairn

Go Fundamentals is an accessible book explaining the fundamental principles of go, the oldest game in the world. From the basic rules of play, the author leads the reader in easy stages to the more advanced subtleties of go. Over one hundred diagrams, with twenty problems and answers, make this a complete introduction to one of the most fascinating and rewarding games in the world.

Ginza Go, Papa-san

by Allan R. Bosworth

Ginza Go, Papa-san grew out of a witty essay in the Saturday Evening Post. Through his wit, humor, and love of people, Allan R. Bosworth has captured a quality of profound understanding seldom found in the more learned and academic works on the Japanese. A deep and abiding affection for the people of Japan has neither dulled his keen wit nor affected his objectivity. In Gina Go, Papa-san he has succeeded in achieving a delicate balance between humor and understanding that makes light, informative, and poignant reading.

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan

by Lafcadio Hearn Donald Richie

As an interpreter of Japan to the West, Lafcadio Hearn was without parallel in his time. His numerous books about that country were read with a fascination that was a tribute to his keen powers of observation and the vividness of his descriptions. Today, even though Japan has changed greatly from what it was when he wrote about it, his writing is still valid, for it captures the essence of the country-an essence that has actually changed a good deal less than outward appearances might suggest. In a word, the Japanese character and the Japanese tradition are still fundamentally the same as Hearn found them to be, and for this reason his books are still extremely revealing to readers in the West.Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan combines the two volumes of a work that first appeared in 1894. Its title is apt, for the book takes the reader into a world that few Westerners saw in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Here are the customs, the superstitions, the charming scenery, the revelations of Japanese character, and all the other elements that Hearn found so bewitching. Here, for example, are essays on such subjects as the Japanese garden, the household shrine, the festivals, and the bewildering Japanese smile-all aspects of Japanese life that have endured in spite of the changes that have taken place during the modernization of Japan.In his preface to the book, Hearn writes: "This is the life of which a foreign observer can never weary, if fortunate and sympathetic enough to enter into it...Each day, while the years pass, there will be revealed to him, some strange and unexpected beauty in it." It is fortunate indeed that he was able to bring to his readers so much of this "strange and unsuspected beauty."

The Genesis Genealogies

by Abraham Park

A basic part of understanding one's ancestors is knowing when they were born, how long they lived, and when they died. Here in The Genesis Genealogies lies that crucial core information about the forebears of Christianity.Rev. Abraham Park has meticulously analyzed the information in The Book of Genesis. Taking the precise date references in Genesis and performing math calculations forward and backward in time, he builds a complete chronological timeline from Adam to the Exodus-allowing us to more deeply understand the layers of meanings that the text offers.

The Golden Lotus Volume 1

by Shu Qingchun Robert Hegel Lanling Xiaoxiaosheng Clement Egerton

A saga of ruthless ambition, murder, and lust, this classic novel--admired in its own time for its literary qualities and biting indictment of the immorality and cruelty of its age--lays bare the rivalries within a wealthy family while chronicling its rise and fall.This edition features a new introduction by Robert Hegel of Washington University, and contains the complete text as translated by Clement Egerton with the assistance of Shu Qingchun, who as Lao She became one of the most prominent Chinese writers of the twentieth century.

The Golden Lotus Volume 2

by Shu Qingchun Robert Hegel Lanling Xiaoxiaosheng Clement Egerton

A saga of ruthless ambition, murder, and lust, this classic novel--admired in its own time for its literary qualities and biting indictment of the immorality and cruelty of its age--lays bare the rivalries within a wealthy family while chronicling its rise and fall.This edition features a new introduction by Robert Hegel of Washington University, and contains the complete text as translated by Clement Egerton with the assistance of Shu Qingchun, who as Lao She became one of the most prominent Chinese writers of the twentieth century.

Golem Song

by Marc Estrin

By some incalculable force of human attraction, Alan Krieger has two lovers.A man of his girth and compulsion, a man who cannot stop talking and who believes the world to be completely irrational, should not take one companion for granted, much less two. Women who can tolerate his anger, his obsessions, and his antic clowning all at the same time are not easy to come by.But when the thought arises in Alan that he's been "chosen" to deliver Jewish America from the threat of Anti-Semitism, then all his connections to reality fall away, including those to his lovers and his family. Recalling the folktale of the Golem-the Frankensteinian giant of clay that saved the Jews in 16th Century Prague-Alan lays out a plan of attack and then sets to making the most outrageous of preparations in the culture wars, in New York City at the turn of the millennium.Like each of the acclaimed Estrin novels that have preceded it, Golem Song is an allusive, manic, and wildly comic approach to some of the most serious and difficult cultural questions of our time.

The Good Doctor Guillotin

by Marc Estrin

The Good Doctor Guillotin follows five characters to a common destination-the scaffold at the first guillotining of the French Revolution:Dr. Guillotin, of course, a physician and member of the National Assembly, involved in many important events, including the Tennis Court Oath. Nicolas Pelletier, the first victim-or "patient," as they were sometimes called, since the new beheading machine was seen as a humanitarian medical intervention in the state's technique of dealing death.Father Pierre, the curé who accompanies Pelletier in his last days, a man torn between his religious commitment, and an equally strong commitment to the poor and their revolution.Sanson, the famous executioner of Paris who, 9 months later would execute the king and retire from remorse.Tobias Schmidt, builder of the new machine, a German piano maker working in Paris, a freethinker predicting the Terror that will follow, but allowing himself to initiate it. The revolution, after all, had reduced the sale of pianos.Various other interesting figures briefly appear:Damiens, Mozart, Mesmer, Louis XVI, the Marquis de Sade, Marat, Robespierre, Demoulins among them. The eighteenth century narrative is divided into several sections, each introduced by an essay in the author's voice, the first on five-ness and Pentagons; a second on hope and Utopia; a third on revolutionary violence; and a fourth on capital punishment.This is no "historical novel." It is, rather, a fictive meditation on a contemporary conundrum using an eighteenth century drum.

The Golden Age of Chinese Art

by Hugh Scott

For almost three hundred years the noble T'ang Dynasty fostered a period of artistic and intellectual endeavor which has never been equaled in the history of China. Sculpture, ceramics, glass, and textiles were some of the major artifacts that emerged from this glorious renaissance of Chinese taste and skill.This book is the story of the T'ang told through objects in the author's collection, one of the most representative in private hands. It includes a marvelous array of gold and silver mirrors, jade, jewelry and gilt bronzes.the 124 illustrations, 24 in full color are accompanied by a history of the T'ang era, and a chapter on each of the categories in the collection gives a comprehensive background to the illustrations.

A Gold Orchid

by William Mcnaughton Lenore Mayhew

These beautiful and original poems are made available to Western readers in a translation that fuses the imagery of age-old China with a supple, lively modern idiom. This translation (with explanatory notes) enables Western readers to grasp the sensitivity, grace, and poetic skill that make the Tzu Yeh poems one of the most important artistic contributions of their time.

Ground Zero, Nagasaki: Stories

by Seirai Y Ichi

An award-winning collection about the atomic bomb, told from the perspective of those who live in its shadow.

A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese

by Janet Ikeda Kenneth Henshall Christopher Seeley Henk De Groot

This is an essential study tool for students seeking to learn Japanese and dramatically improve their kanji and kana. Students have been reading and writing Japanese for centuries, and they build their knowledge most successfully when they rely on a trusted resource. Today's most trusted-and readily available-resource is A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese. This classic, best-selling learning and reference work, trusted by beginning and intermediate students learning Japanese since 1959, is now being offered as a fourth edition and is thoroughly revised and up-to-date. Having a knowledge of the full set of General Use characters, which this guide includes, will allow reading of any Japanese newspaper with ease and confidence. Key features on this revised edition include: The most recent changes prescribed by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Covers all the 2,136 characters in the 'General Use' / Joyo Kanji set. Detailing coverage of the 1,009 'Essential' Japanese characters arranged by grade for children in the first six years of grade school. The Kanji characters based more on their frequency in everyday language than the complexity of their composition.

Guam Past and Present

by Charles Beardsley

This expansive history of Guam provides a rare look at the people and culture of this tiny, but strategically important Pacific Island.In a highly readable style author Beardsley-himself a sometime resident of Guam-introduces the reader to the island in three stages. Part One, "The Island in Profile," furnishes practical information on the geography, flora, fauna, aboriginal inhabitants, early culture, and legends of Guam.Part Two, "Discovery and Conquest," traces its history from the days of European exploration, beginning with Magellan's discovery of the island in 1521 and continuing down through the Spanish colonial period to the arrival of the Americans in 1898 following Spain's cession of Guam to the United States.Part Three, "Twentieth-Century Guam," is concerned with the island under U.S. administration and, during World War II, Japanese occupation; its recapture in 1944; its reconstruction and progress toward true territorial status; and its present-day position as a vital American outpost in the Western Pacific.Important and informative for resident and visitor alike, this enjoyable and attractively illustrated introduction to Guam also holds interest for the general reader who is susceptible to the lure of colorful events against equally colorful backgrounds.

Haiku of Hawaii

by Annette Schaefer Morrow

Let yourself be guided through the different seasons and places of Hawaii by a fresh voice in haiku poetry.


by Scott Shaw

Hapkido, "The Way of Coordination and Internal Power," is one of the three major Korean martial arts. Founded in 1963 by Master Choi Young-Sul, it is a complete system of self-defense, encompassing, striking, kicking, and grappling techniques. Conceptually, Hapkido techniques more closely parallel those of Aikido than Taekwondo. In fact, as the author describes, these is a parental link between the arts. In this book, Scott Shaw presents a precise description of the techniques, concepts, and applications of this Korean art of self-defense. Profusely illustrated with 220 clear photographs, this instructional book describes and depicts self-defense techniques against in variety of punches, holds, and kicks.

Handy Pocket Guide to Asian Vegetables

by Wendy Hutton Peter Mealin

This handy field guide introduces over 50 tropical vegetables commonly found in Indonesia. Each exotic item is described in detail, and local names as well as botanical names are given. Culinary options, tips on buying, storing and preparation of vegetables, and five mouth watering recipes are included. Illustrated with beautiful color photographs for easy identification of each vegetable, this book is a "must" for vegetable lovers.

The Hand is My Sword

by Robert A. Trias

KARATE MEANS "empty-hand," but the man who masters this book will never be emptyhanded. In fact, he will be a master of the ultimate in self-defense, for here are the fundamentals, the basic katas and techniques as taught by Robert Trias, holder of the eighth degree Black Belt.These movements and techniques are vividly brought to life by more than six hundred striking illustrations, many of them picturing Master Trias and his aides and pupils. Along with the imposing illustrations are important charts not usually found in works of this kind. The charts show the fatal and disabling points of the body and the nerve centers-for karate can be a deadly game, and those who practice it must know well the significance of the term "killer karate."But karate, as the author ably illustrates, is more than an effective form of self-defense it is a healthful physical art and an exciting sport. It provides excellent all-around exercise, developing coordination, agility and poise. Many schools are promoting karate and, in tune with the times, it has sprung up in the Women's Lib movement. For every action, Trias explains, there is an opposite and equal reaction, and the success of any karate movement is based upon the on centration of strength at the proper time and place. Mental attitude plays an important part, Trias says, and in many cases the psychologically stronger person vanquishes his physically superior opponent. For student and instructor alike, this important manual will open new dimensions, new horizons, and in the give-and-take of life will teach the properly oriented how to give much more than he takes. It will give him a new interest, a new zest for living, with the confidence that he can move mountains. Above all, it will teach him that to master others, he must first learn to master himself.

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