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The Haiku Form

by Joan Giroux

This classic book is a collection and analysis of Japanese haiku in the English language.The Haiku is a brief poetic form expressing a moment of insight. No foreign form since the sonnet has so fascinated and challenged the poets of the English-speaking world. Yet no scholar or critic, until now, has undertaken a definitive study of the problems of writing haiku in English.This book, the first of its kind, examines English language haiku in the light of Japanese form. Author Joan Giroux explicates the meaning and history of the Japanese haiku, its cultural background the creative process which gives it birth and the technical devices developed by Japanese poets over the centuries. Examples by classic and contemporary poets, including Basho and Buson, Shiki and Hastutaro, are given Romanized Japanese and in English translation. Poems, in English, from early efforts by Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens to work of contemporaries like James Hackett, are discussed and evaluated. Wherever possible, comparisons are made, contrast indicated and suggestions given, with a rare sensitivity to the poetic possibilities of both languages and keen appreciation of the unique qualities of both cultures.

Everyday Bento

by Wendy Thorpe Copley

Your kids will look forward to lunch every single day with the delightful collection of recipes in Everyday Bento!The bento food movement teaches us that foods can be attractive, nutritious, fun and delicious all at the same time. Kids love to try foods that bring a smile to their faces, and will often eat things they wouldn't otherwise try. For example, they'll love an adorable bear cub made from brown bread, peanut butter and jelly nestled on a bed of blueberries. Cut watermelon into hearts, and tuck them next to a ham sandwich shaped like ballet slippers for your budding ballerina. Create building bricks from healthy cheese, carrots and cucumbers--or a hot dog octopus, swimming across a sea of cucumber. Picky eaters or not, they'll try it!Wendy Thorpe Copley writes the popular bento blog Wendolonia, which takes the traditional Japanese concept of bento--a single meal packed at home in a reusable container--and Americanizes it. Using simple ingredients found in any grocery store, Wendy creates entertaining meals that are sure to delight even the most finicky eater. Some of the fun and easy bento creations here include: Princess Bento Rock and Roll Bento Snowman Bento Butterfly Bento Farm Yard Animals BentoBesides being great fun to look at, bento lunches are a healthy way to enjoy food while keeping portions in check. Freshly-prepared lunches packed in portable, reusable boxes are also kind to the environment and easy on the wallet--very important in today's economy. Everyday Bento teaches you a few simple techniques to make creative lunches, all in a reasonable time-frame for busy working parents.The 50 bento meals in this cookbook feature familiar foods with fun themes that will appeal to children and adults alike. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions to recreate each bento box, or mix and match different elements from the book to make your own unique creations. Make lunch fun again with Everyday Bento!

The Road to Delhi

by M. Sivaram

Although the peaceful struggles of Mahatma Gandhi are well known in the West, the armed resistance of many Indians during World War II is far less understood; this epic drama ads an important layer to the history of India and the British Empire. The east Asian battlefronts serve as the backgrounds for this story of the attempt by patriotic Indians to drive the British out of their Motherland and gain independence; of the fanatic ambition to attain this goal by the man who chose to be called "Nataji" (the leader), Subhas Chandra Bose; and of the Indian Independence League, ingratiating themselves to the Japanese to further their end while the Japanese happily appeared to reciprocate to gain the Indians' support against the British.The action and drama that filled this battle within the larger scale war is vividly told in this first person narrative by one who remembers what it feels like to have closely escaped death and is grateful to be alive to tell about it. Author Sivaram, who enjoyed the confidence of Netaji Bose and was appointed by him to several positions of responsibility during the Free India campaign, is uniquely qualified to tell this stirring tale.

Instant Talent

by Barbara Cram Gilmore

Instant Talent is indeed an unusual book! Is it for kindergarten children? Teenagers? Adults? The author says it's for people who claim they can't "draw a straight line" as well as for those who doodle. It's silly, but great fun!


by Shozo Sato Gengo Akiba Roshi Shinya Fujiwara Alice Ogura Sato

In this beautiful and extraordinary book, Shozo Sato, an internationally recognized master of traditional Zen arts, teaches the Japanese art of calligraphy through the power and wisdom of Zen poetry.Single-line Zen Buddhist koan aphorisms or zengo are one of the most common subjects for the traditional Japanese brush calligraphy known as shodo. Regarded as one of the key disciplines in fostering the focused, meditative state of mind so essential to Zen, shodo is practiced regularly by all students of Zen Buddhism in Japan. After providing a brief history of Japanese calligraphy and its close relationship with the teachings of Zen Buddhism, Sato explicates the basic supplies and fundamental brushstroke skills that you'll need. He goes on to present thirty zengo, each with:An example by a skilled Zen monk or master calligrapherAn explanation of the individual characters and the Zen koan as a wholeStep-by-step instructions on how to paint the phrase in a number of styles (Kaisho, Gyosho, Sosho) A stunning volume on the intersection of Japanese aesthetics and Zen Buddhist thought, Shodo guides beginning and advanced students alike to a deeper understanding of this unique brush painting art form.


by Geoff Salmon

The art of kendo holds a special place within the Japanese martial arts. Meaning "Way of the Sword", kendo is actively practiced today. Tens of thousands study it because kendo is one of the most physically and mentally challenging of all martial forms.Geoffrey Salmon is one of the few Westerners to successfully compete in kendo competitions and holds a 7th Dan black belt from the All Japan Kendo Federation. In Kendo: A Comprehensive Guide to Japanese Swordsmanship, Salmon dispels misconceptions about the sport and makes kendo training more accessible for newcomers.[At its core, this book provides a series of highly detailed instructional sequences demonstrating all the basic kendo stick-fighting techniques. Along the way, Salmon presents the fundamental principles and philosophy which lie at the heart of kendo and make it as much a training of the mind as of the body.] For many adherents, the principal goal in practicing kendo is to achieve a state of mushin (no-mind) as taught by the great Zen Buddhist masters of ancient China and Japan. Salmon's also explains how to integrate kendo training into your personal fitness routine.[The first and only book to link the philosophical and mental elements of kendo to the rigorous physical training techniques, Kendo is indeed a comprehensive guide to this ancient and highly revered martial art form.]

Tuttle Pocket Japanese Dictionary

by Samuel E. Martin Sayaka Khan Fred Perry

It's never a good idea to be overly-relient on technology while traveling! Look up words quickly and easily with this great Japanese dictionary.Intended for use by tourists, students, and business people traveling to Japan Pocket Japanese Dictionary is an essential tool for communicating in Japanese. It features all the essential Japanese vocabulary appropriate for beginning to intermediate students. It's handy pocket format and user-friendly, two color layout will make any future trip to Japan much easier. All entries are written in a Romanized form as well as Japanese script (Kanji and Kana) so that in the case of difficulties the book can simply be shown to the person the user is trying to communicate with.This dictionary includes the following key features: Over 18,000 words and expressions in the Japanese language. Japanese-English and English-Japanese sections. Fully updated with recent vocabulary and commonly used Japanese slang. Clear, user friendly layout with headwords in blue. Romanized script and Japanese script (hiragana and katakana) and characters(kanji) for every entry.Other books from this bestselling series you might enjoy include:Pocket Korean Dictionary, Pocket Vietnamese Dictionary, Pocket Mandarin Chinese Dictionary, and Pocket Cantonese Dictionary.

Tuttle Concise Japanese Dictionary

by Samuel E. Martin Sayaka Khan Fred Perry

This is the most up-to-date Japanese Dictionary on the marketNow with 30% more content, Tuttle Concise Japaense Dictionary allows for easy reference for both Japanese to English and English to Japanese. It's compact size allows for easy transport without limiting the content. This Japanese dictionary is perfect for Japanese language students, or business people and tourists travelling to Japan. It contains over 25,000 words and expressions, carefully selected to cover all important aspects of life and commerce in Japan. In addition, extensive information on Japanese grammar and Japanese pronunciation are included.This dictionary contains the following features:25,000 Japanese words and expressionsUp-to-date local Japanese slang and idiomsA guide to Japanese pronunciation and Japanese GrammarRomanized forms (romanji) and authentic Japanese characters (kanji) and script (kana)Extensive notes with detailed tips on usage and social contextParts of speech, common phrases and idiomatic expressionsOther dictionaries in this bestselling series you might be interested in include: Concise Chinese Dictionary and Concise Korean Dictionary.

Japanese Kanji and Kana

by Mark Spahn Wolfgang Hadamitzky

This comprehensive book helps you learn the 92 basic Kana characters and 2,136 standard Kanji characters.Complete, compact and authoritative-this book provides all the information needed to learn kanji and kana, including the 92 basic hiragana and katakana phonetic symbols (known collectively as Kana) and the 2,136 standard Joyo Kanji characters that every Japanese person learns in school.The kana and kanji are presented in an easy and systematic way that helps you learn them quickly and retain what you have learned and improve your mastery of the Japanese language-the ability to read Japanese and write Japanese is an essential skill for any student. A concise index allows you to look up the Kanji in three different ways (so the book also serves as a Japanese Kanji dictionary) and extra spaces are provided to allow you to practice writing Japanese. This book contains: All 2,136 official Joyo kanji with readings and definitions. Characters are graded by their JLPT examination levels. Up to 5 useful vocabulary compounds for each kanji. Brush and pen cursive forms as well as printed forms. 19 tables summarizing key information about the characters. Kanji look-up indexes by radicals, stroke counts and readings.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

by Alexandre Paiva

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a guide to the most effective and devastating techniques in popular martial arts by World Champion and BJJ legend Alexandre Paiva. The book contains over 1,000 full-color photographs demonstrating the moves that made the author the most feared competitor in BJJ circles and now one of the most sought after instructors.Learn the techniques that have proven dominant in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and in the Mixed Martial Arts cage: takedowns the closed guard passing the closed guard butterfly guard open guard pass side control half guard back mountWith sections devoted to both gi and no-gi techniques, whether training for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament or a Mixed Martial Arts fight, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one book no true competitor can afford to miss.

Hong Kong: The City of Dreams

by Nury Vittachi Ben Simmons

This stunning Hong Kong travel pictorial captures the architecture, culture, people, and cuisine of one of the most dynamic cities.You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you. The experience of encountering an unforgettable mix of influences, cultures, and flavors stays with visitors. It's a place of clashing contrasts, Hong Kong is famous as the place where East most dramatically meets West, but that's just the start of it. It is also where the future meets the past - just check out the way the sci-fi infrastructure rubs shoulders with ancient temples. It's also the capital of capitalism, yet is part of the world's last great socialist empires.I'ts also one of the younger places on earth, yet a piece of the world's oldest civilizations. It's a rational, financial town--but feng shui and ancient magic are never far away.While many books focus on aspects of Hong Kong, such as the view from the air or the glories of the islands, this book gives you the whole breathtaking package.

Bali: A Travel Adventure

by R. Ian Llyod Patrick R Booz

This stunning Bali travel pictorial features stunning photography that highlights the breathtaking landscapes of Bali and the diverse customs and traditions of the Balinese people.The tropical Indonesian paradise of Bali has extraordinarily vivid beauty. Terraced rice paddies seemingly rise up to the sky, while silhouetted palms, still active volcanoes and volcanic lakes contrast with lovely beaches and lagoons. Bali's temples, carved statues, and colorful art are evidence of a thriving culture that maintains its freshness and simplicity in a modern age. Bali: A Travel Adventure is an unforgettable visual record of the island and its people. The culture of Bali is a colorful world of ceremony, ritual, Balinese dance, and drama. Bali: A Travel Adventure explores what you will find rooted in Balinese culture, when you travel to Bali. You might learn when uncovering Balinese history, rituals and performing arts, that Bali is quite an alluring place.

Tea Ceremony

by Shozo Sato

Tea Ceremony is an exciting and fun way to introduce Asian culture to kids. Reader will learn:All the steps for performing a tea ceremony at home through easy-to-follow instructionExplores all the elements of an authentic Japanese tea ceremony, including the tea utensils such as the scoop, whisk, bowl, and fukasa (silk cloth used for cleaning utensils), the proper technique for whipping tea, and the different kinds of tea usedThe Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids series is the first series, aimed at readers ages 7-12, that provides a fun and educational introduction to Asian culture and art. Through hands-on projects readers will explore each art--engaging in activities to gain a better understanding of each form.


by Shozo Sato

Using colorful illustrations this multicultural children's book introduces readers to Japanese Ikebana.Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging, has never been easier--or more fun! This colorful, easy-to-follow guide will walk you through the steps of 10 different ikebana projects. Before you know it you'll be creating your very own unique and beautiful flower arrangements. Creating flower arrangements is a great way to explore this time-honored Japanese art form.Following the step-by-step instructions, you'll learn to arrange how to create:Kenzan Moribana--a basic style using a low, open containerNageire Ikebana--formal arrangements that balance length and weightSuiban (Water Platter) Ikebana--the earliest form of Ikebana, using a shallow platter filled with waterNatural Style Ikebana--arrangements that imitate natureOnce you've created your own arrangements, you can display them or give them as gifts, sharing a part of nature--and your creativity--with the people around you.About the Series:The Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids series is the first series, aimed at readers ages 7-12, that provides a fun and educational introduction to Asian culture and art. Through hands on projects readers will explore each art--engaging in activities to gain a better understanding of each form.

Holiday Paper Crafts from Japan

by Robertta A. Uhl

Holiday Paper Crafts from Japan contains easy-to-follow instructions for making seventeen unique seasonal crafts inspired by washi, the beautiful traditional paper handmade by artisans throughout Japan. Color photographs show finished projects, as well as imaginative ways for displaying them.Holiday Paper Crafts from Japan includes such original projects as gift boxes, ornaments, poinsettia and angel decorations, calendar magnets, wreaths, stars and many more. Unleash your inner crafter and discover the wonderful world of washi!

Here Today, Zen Poetry

by Ken Noyle

Here is poetry as mod as flower children and hippies; a Warhol happening or sitar music. Ken Noyle is a "personal" poet who immediately demands his reader to be with him or agin him as he ruminates on many things he thinks are important. Those things include sex and marriage and God and nature and war and the position of the individual in relation to each. Ponderous? No. Rather, outrageous, iconoclastic, irreverent in a "let's look- at-this-together-and-see-what-we make-of-it vein." Noyle's amazing range between delicate sensitivity and outright earthiness reflects his study of Zen from which he has carried off a disarming senseof reality. To read and enjoy Ken Noyle is to learn a little more about one's self. What more can a poet hope for?

The Food of New Orleans

by John Demers

New Orleans, the sultry city at the mouth fo the great Mississippi River, is known for its charming architecture, cool jazz, and riotous Mardi Gras celebration. But most of all, it is revered for its food.In sumptuous color images and over seventy recipes, The Food of New Orleans presents the authentic flavors of Cajun and Creole cuisine. Separated into three parts, 'Food in New Orleans,' 'Cooking in New Orleans,' and 'The Recipes,' this lovely book provides more than just recipes-it is also an insightful and spirited look at the food culture of this iconic American city.Lively essays by native New Orleans writers describe the culture and history from which traditional recipes like Jambalaya, Creole Gumbo and Beignets came to be. And the best recipes from popular restaurants like Andrea's, K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen and The Sazerac, reveal the cuisine's new directions. This cookbook, edited and recipe tested by New Orleans food writer John DeMers will allow you to savor the rich flavors of the Big Easy in your own home.Recipes include:Pain PerduOysters RockefellerSeafood GumboCrawfish EtouffeeMuffulettaBread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

The Korean Table

by Heath Robbins Taekyung Chung Debra Samuels

Are you a fan of Thai or Japanese foods, and interested in trying something new? If so, The Korean Table is the cookbook for you! Here is a collection of recipes that are not only new, but also fresh and healthy yet robust and intensely flavored. Poised to become America's next favorite Asian cuisine, Korean food is rapidly gaining in popularity throughout the country. Dishes such as bulgogi (Korean barbecue), kimchi (pickled spicy cabbage) and bibimbap (mixed rice) are only a few of the savory, authentic meals that are taking the food world by storm.The Korean Table is a wonderful new cookbook that shows American cooks how to create the tempting flavors of Korean cuisine at home. Chung and Samuels, a Korean and an American, team up to guide home cooks through the process of making Korean meals without fuss, multiple trips to specialty markets or expensive on-line shopping. Along with showing you how to create complete Korean meals from start to finish-from Scallion Pancakes to Korean Dumplings (mandu) and Simmered Beef Short Ribs-The Korean Table also includes information about how you can add the flavors of Korea to your meal in numerous quick and easy ways every day, using condiments, side dishes, salad dressings, sauces and more.

Origami Activities

by Michael G. Lafosse

Fold classic origami projects and learn about Asian culture with this easy origami book.Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, is not just a great crafts activity--it's an exciting way to expand the imagination. Children will have hours of fun with this beginner origami paper craft book. Renowned origami artist and author Michael LaFosse designed Origami Actives to introduce them to the exciting world of paper folding. What makes this origami origami book original is that each paper project explores a distinct aspect of East Asian culture and includes an explanation of the cultural context for each project. The designs are very simple and are great for beginning origami folders. They can be considered origami-for-kids projects and are a great way to learn origami.This origami book contains:64 page, full-color origami book Easy, step-by-step instructions Origami techniques and folding tips 15 fun and easy designs Cultural background and explanations of projects Once you've folded your own origami, you can use them to create one-of-a-kind origami scenes.Origami projects include: Lotus Flower Japanese Fan Chopstick Wrapper Dollar-Bill Dragon Chinese Zodiac Traditional Crane Japanese Daruma Doll And many more...

Shopping Guide to Japan

by Boye Lafayette De Mente

Bargain shopping in Japan can be a challenge, but this book succinctly explains all the ins and outs to making the most of your Japanese shopping experience.Japan is the shopping capital of the world--unequaled in the number, variety and convenience of its shopping venues. The Shopping Guide to Japan is a one-of-a kind Japan guidebook that provides detailed information about methods of payment, prices, taxes, tax-free goods, store hours, discount days, store etiquette, returns and refunds, and in-store bargaining.The shopping book covers all of the main shopping categories in Japan--from boutiques and departments stores to flea markets, shopping streets, train station shopping, bargain shopping and airport shopping.In addition to the primary shopping areas in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, the book covers Sendai and Sapporo in the north and Naha on the Island of Okinawa.

Asian Face Reading

by Boye Lafayette De Mente

Imagine how much you could learn if you knew how to evaluate a person's character, health, fortune, social status, sexual charisma, and life expectancy from a careful reading of his or her face. In China and Japan, face reading is a respectable analytical tool used to make business decisions, arrange marriages, and evaluate partnerships and friendships. Asian Face Reading offers a quick, practical, easy-to-understand and easy-to-apply introduction to the basic principles of face reading. The book is fully illustrated with dozens of examples readers can use to learn this increasingly popular practice-and to analyze their friends, colleagues, and loved ones.

The Three Virtues of Effective Parenting

by Shirley Yuen

This brilliant book applies the wisdom of the Chinese sage Confucius to the challenges of modern parenting. Confucius believed that any change we wish to make in our lives must begin from within. Three Virtues of Effective Parenting calls on readers to develop the virtues to help them understand the changes they can make to become a better parent. Readers will discover that the power of virtue is twofold: It will help them to become better people, as well as influence and change the behavior of the people around them. Using the tools of Confucian philosophy, this book aims for real-life results in parent/child relationships. Readers will come to understand the three roles they play as parents-the good ruler, the inspiring teacher, and the caring friend.

Love Dharma

by Geri Larkin

Love Dharma offers compassionate guidance and advice, looking at contemporary relationship dilemmas from a Buddhist perspective as expressed in traditional stories of enlightened Buddhist women who lived and loved during the Buddha's lifetime. You will discover how to use your romantic triumphs and tragedies to achieve personal peace and happiness, develop more satisfying connections with others, and share yourself without losing yourself. Author Geri Larkin teaches that the difficult and joyous moments of our love lives are truly opportunities to continue our spiritual journey

Out of the East

by Lafcadio Hearn

Out of the East came wonderful tales by a Westerner who loved the old Japan--devotion, ancestor worship, courtesy, and kindness--and record his feelings for the rest of the world to read.This collection of "reveries and studies," as author and legendary Japanologist Lafcadio Hearn subtitled Out of the East, contains unforgettable tales like "The Red Bridal," in which the conflict between duty and human feelings leads to tragedy in classically Japanese style; moving personal memoirs like "with Kyushu Students," Hearn's account of his experiences teaching at Kumamoto Higher Middle School; and marvelous evocations of atmosphere like "The Dream of Summer Day."In works like these Hearn perceived and captured the essence of Japan as it was in the days when he fell under its spell and made Japan his adopted country. It is small wonder that Hearn's writing continues to live, for his very soul is in his writing--and the soul of Japan well.

Love and Death in Bali

by Nigel Barley Vicki Baum

Set against the backdrop of the Dutch invasion of Bali just over a century ago, and the resulting "mass suicides" of the Balinese royalty, the moving story unfolds of the peasant Pak and his family and friends, and the tragedy that is their shared fate.Written within living memory of the bloody events called the puputan (the "ending"), Love and Death in Bali is the story of a passionate yet peaceful and deeply spiritual people who defy the Dutch imperial forces through an act that would bring them certain death--and certain rebirth.The looting of a Chinese trading ship gives the Dutch colonial forces the perfect excuse to intervene in island affairs, but they encounter astonishing resistance. In the battle of Badung, wave upon wave of Balinese clothed in white ceremonial garb charged into the blazing Dutch guns, kris daggers in hand, prepared to die. Who among them will survive, and how will their lives be forever changed?Love and Death in Bali, first published in German in 1937, is considered by many to be the finest novel ever written about this island paradise where everyone, regardless of caste of position, is woven into the fabric of an ancient culture.

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