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Japan's Total Empire: Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism

by Louise Young

In this first social and cultural history of Japan's construction of Manchuria, Louise Young offers an incisive examination of the nature of Japanese imperialism. Focusing on the domestic impact of Japan's activities in Northeast China between 1931 and 1945, Young considers "metropolitan effects" of empire building: how people at home imagined and experienced the empire they called Manchukuo. Contrary to the conventional assumption that a few army officers and bureaucrats were responsible for Japan's overseas expansion, Young finds that a variety of organizations helped to mobilize popular support for Manchukuo--the mass media, the academy, chambers of commerce, women's organizations, youth groups, and agricultural cooperatives--leading to broad-based support among diverse groups of Japanese. As the empire was being built in China, Young shows, an imagined Manchukuo was emerging at home, constructed of visions of a defensive lifeline, a developing economy, and a settler's paradise.

Japan's Ultimate Martial Art

by Darrell Max Craig

Predecessor of Judo and precursor of today's ultimate fighting styles, Jujitsu is a martial art developed by the elite samurai class during Japan's feudal days. For centuries, this method of unarmed self-defense proved so successful in combat that it was kept secret and taught to a select few. Based on the author's study with instructors of the Tokyo police department, this book features the traditional techniques of Jujitsu, also known as Ju-Jiutsu. Chapter by chapter, it addresses and demonstrates Kaisho Goshin Budo Taiho Jitsu Ryu (Tokyo police/ self-defense/ martial way/ body techniques). Specific techniques covered include the use of hands, throwing an opponent, attacking vital points with strikes and kicks, and the use of weapons such as the staff. Though designed to accompany training, this fascinating book also serves as a remarkable illustrated guide to the secret art of samurai self-defense.

Japan's World Heritage Sites

by John Dougill

Visit the most compelling cultural and nature sites in all of Japan! In Japan's World Heritage Sites, readers are introduced to the temples, gardens, castles and natural wonders for which Japan is so justly renowned-all of those now declared to be UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Author John Dougill describes each site in detail, stating why they were singled out by UNESCO, the current number and types of sites, the application process, how the sites have been selected, and how difficult it is to be given the special status of a World Heritage Site. Dougill traveled to all of the sites in Japan to research this book. These are without a doubt the most interesting sites that Japan has to offer, including: Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest and most sacred volcano. Himeji Castle, a monument from Japan's long feudal history. Horyu-ji Temple, the world's oldest surviving wooden structure Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Atomic-Bomb Dome The Ogasawara Islands, a remote archipelago of over 30 islands-including Iwo Jima Readers will learn how Japan first became involved with the World Heritage Sites program back in 1993, the importance of these designations, and their popularity in Japan, where they are visited by millions of people annually.

Jaq's Harp

by Ella Drake

In a world of floating islands and bio-engineered beans, the bad guys are taken down by agents of the Mother organization-agents like Jacqueline Jaq Robinson. Instead of accepting her next routine assignment, she sets out on a mission of her own-to destroy Giant Corp, the company responsible for her sister's wasting illness. Jaq must steal her cure from Giant's headquarters high above the city. . . even though she'll be brought face-to-face with Harper English, the man who left her to go deep undercover at Giant. For Harp, Jaq had been a distraction the mercenary thought he couldn't afford. But once he sees her again, Harp knows he's made a mistake. Even though she vowed he won't have her again, it's clear they still have a powerful attraction. Harp's determined to get a second chance with Jaq-if they can escape Giant Corp and get back to solid ground in one piece. . . 20,600 words

Jarka Ruus (High Druid of Shannara #1)

by Terry Brooks

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.More than a quarter of a century after The Sword of Shannara carved out its place in the pantheon of great epic fantasy, the magic of Terry Brooks's New York Times bestselling saga burns as brightly as ever. Three complete series have chronicled the ever-unfolding history of Shannara. But more stories are still to be told--and new adventures have yet to be undertaken. Book One of High Druid of Shannara invites both the faithful longtime reader and the curious newcomer to take the first step on the next extraordinary quest. Twenty years have passed since Grianne Ohmsford denounced her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch--saved by the love of her brother, the magic of the Sword of Shannara, and the destruction of her evil mentor, the Morgawr. Now, fulfilling the destiny predicted for her, she has established the Third Druid Council, and dedicated herself to its goals of peace, harmony among the races, and defense of the Four Lands. But the political intrigue, secret treachery, and sinister deeds that have haunted Druid history for generations continue to thrive. And despite her devotion to the greater good as Ard Rhys--the High Druid of Paranor, Grianne still has bitter enemies. Among the highest ranks of the Council she leads lurk those who cannot forget her reign of terror as the Ilse Witch, who covet her seat of power, and who will stop at nothing to see her deposed . . . or destroyed. Even Grianne's few allies--chief among them her trusted servant Tagwen--know of the plots against her. But they could never anticipate the sudden, ominous disappearance of the Ard Rhys, in the dead of night and without a trace. Now, barely a step ahead of the dark forces bent on stopping him, Tagwen joins Grianne's brave young nephew, Pen Ohmsford, and the wise, powerful elf Ahren Elessedil on a desperate and dangerous mission of search and rescue--to deliver the High Druid of Shannara from an unspeakable fate. Expect no end of wonders, no shortage of adventure, exhilaration, suspense, and enchantment, as Terry Brooks demonstrates, once again, that there is no end to his magic of invention and mastery of storytelling.

Jarmila

by Rebecca Morrison Ernst Weiss Petra Howard-Wuerz

Set in the idyllic landscape of rural Bohemia in the 1930s, this is the tragic love story of Jarmila, the village beauty, and a toy maker who falls under her siren spell. The wife of the far older local feather-merchant, Jarmila enjoys all the pleasures her husband's wealth can buy, yet still longs for true love which she hopes to find in her affair with the penniless toy-maker. When she conceives a child by him, he urges her to leave her husband for a life of love and freedom in New York. Guilt-ridden and suddenly facing a destitute life in a strange country, Jarmila refuses lo leave. Her devastated lover asks for one more meeting and tragedy ensues. The typescript of this novella was discovered recently at Prague University. Stefan Zweig, a friend of Ernst Weiss, believed it to be Weiss' best work.

Jasmine

by Bharati Mukherjee

When Jasmine is suddenly widowed at seventeen, she seems fated to a life of quiet isolation in the small Indian village where she was born. But the force of Jasmine's desires propels her explosively into a larger, more dangerous, and ultimately more life-giving world. In just a few years, Jasmine becomes Jane Ripplemeyer, happily pregnant by a middle-aged Iowa banker and the adoptive mother of a Vietnamese refugee. Jasmine's metamorphosis, with its shocking upheavals and its slow evolutionary steps, illuminates the making of an American mind; but even more powerfully, her story depicts the shifting contours of an America being transformed by her and others like her -- our new neighbors, friends, and lovers. In "Jasmine", Bharati Mukherjee has created a heroine as exotic and unexpected as the many worlds in which she lives.

Jasmine and the Jumping Pony

by Bonnie Bryant

Jasmine is great at riding ponies, but she's about to learn that jumping can be especially challenging Jasmine and her friends the Pony Tails are crazy about animals--especially ponies. This year, Jasmine and her pony Outlaw are taking their first jumping lesson at Pine Hollow Stables, and she couldn't be more excited. All she can think about is jumping! But during the lesson, Jasmine falls off Outlaw going over the very first jump. She is disappointed, embarrassed, and scared. Will Jasmine and Outlaw ever learn to jump like pros?

Jasmine and the Jumping Pony (Pony Tails #16)

by Bonnie Bryant

Jasmine James is thrilled at the thought of taking her first real jumping class at Pine Hollow Stables. She and her pony, Outlaw, have done some jumping before, but now they are going to learn the correct way to get over those fences.

Jasmine Helps a Foal (Pony Tails #10)

by Bonnie Bryant

Jasmine loves her new little sister. But having a baby in the house isn't easy! Sometimes Jasmine feels like they forgot all about their first kid. Then a baby foal is born at Pine Hollow Stables, and Max is going to let Jasmine help take care of it. Finally, maybe someone will appreciate having Jasmine around.

The Jasmine Trade (Eve Diamond #1)

by Denise Hamilton

Everything was set. Seventeen-year-old Marina Lu had even ordered custom-made gowns for the ten bridesmaids who, in several months' time, would have preceded her down the aisle at her storybook wedding. There isn't going to be a wedding. Marina lies dead, alone in her shiny status car in a suburban shopping center parking lot, her two-carat diamond engagement ring refracting another abruptly shattered Los Angeles dream. Was her death merely a carjacking gone bad? Or is there more to the story? Marina's murder chillingly introduces Los Angeles Times reporter Eve Diamond to a subculture of "parachute kids," the rich Asian teens who are left to their own devices in California while their parents live and work in Hong Kong. Seeking American education and political stability for their children, the affluent parents often leave only an elderly housekeeper in charge of their vulnerable offspring. What was Marina's story? Why was she, at such a young age, marrying twenty-four-year-old Michael Ho? Why is Marina's father, banker Reginald Lu, so reluctant to provide information? As Eve delves deeper into the mysteries surrounding Marina's life and death, she stumbles upon a troubled world of unmoored youth and parental neglect. But Marina, in many ways, would seem to have been among the fortunate. She had money and her parents had power. Eve soon discovers a dramatically more tragic subculture, where destitute young Asian immigrants live in virtual sexual slavery. The story of May-li and her journey from a poor farming home in Fujian, China, to a brothel in Los Angeles is one that Eve will fight to tell and will never forget. A moving, noir-accented crime novel that opens a rare window to an intriguing subject, The Jasmine Trade is a passionate and polished debut from an exciting new author.

Jasmine's First Horse Show

by Bonnie Bryant

Jasmine wants her first horse show to be perfect--but when everything starts going wrong, will she be able to keep her cool? Jasmine couldn't be more excited for her first horse show. But when her pony Outlaw stumbles and falls during a ride, the Pine Hollow veterinarian says that he needs rest. Without her pony, how can Jasmine compete? With the show approaching, Jasmine is a nervous wreck. Nothing is going the way she had hoped. But with the help of the Pony Tails, she learns that keeping it together under pressure can be just as important as beating the competition.

Jasmine's First Horse Show (Pony Tails #13)

by Bonnie Bryant

Jasmine is thrilled to be getting ready for her first horse show. Then bad things start happening. Her pony, Outlaw, can't be ridden. Her baby sister, Sophie, gets sick and her parents have to stay home to take care of her. Jasmine's first horse show is ruined before it's even begun. Then Jasmine learns that sometimes you can't get everything you want, but life has a way of working out anyhow.

Jasmine's Lucky Star (Ballerina Dreams #2)

by Ann Bryant

Jasmine wants nothing more than to dance ballet. Her father has other plans for her, believing that academics are more important. Jasmine is afraid to talk to her father about her dream of being a ballerina. She is sure that he won't change his mind about requiring her to quit ballet lessons once she turns eleven. Outspoken Rose comes to the rescue. She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes is right, that Jasmine should be allowed to pursue the thing that she loves. Is Jasmine's father too stubborn to change his mind about what is best for his daughter?

Jason and the Argonauts

by Neil Smith Jose Pena

The voyage of Jason and the Argonauts and their hunt for the Golden Fleece is one of the most enduringly popular of all of the Ancient Greek heroic myths. Accepting the quest in order to regain his kingdom, Jason assembled a legendary crew including many of Greece's greatest heroes such as Hercules, Orpheus, Atalanta, Telamon, and the twins Castor and Pollux. With this band of heroes and demi-gods, Jason set sail in the Argo on a journey across the known world. During their quest, the Argonauts faced numerous challenges including the harpies, the clashing rocks, the Sirens, Talos the bronze man, the sleepless dragon that guarded the fleece, and of course the fickle will of the gods of Olympus.Dr. Neil Smith retells this classic myth, examining its origins, its history, and its continued popularity. The text is supported by numerous illustrations both classical and modern, including numerous artwork plates especially commissioned for this work.

Jason and the Argonauts

by Benjamin Acosta-Hughes Aaron Poochigian Apollonius Of Rhodes

The first new Penguin Classics translation of the Argonautica since the 1950sNow in a riveting new verse translation Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica), is the only surviving full account of Jason's voyage on the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece aided by the sorceress princess Medea. Written in third century B.C., this epic story of one of the most beloved heroes of Greek mythology, with its combination of the fantastical and the real, its engagement with traditions of science, astronomy and medicine, winged heroes, and a magical vessel that speaks, is truly without exact parallel in classical or contemporary Greek literature and is now available in an accessible and engaging translation.

Jason's Gold

by Will Hobbs

"Gold!" Jason shouted at the top of his lungs. "Read all about it! Gold discovered in Alaska!"Within hours of hearing the thrilling news, fifteen-year-old Jason Hawthorn jumps a train for Seattle, stow away on a ship bound for the goldfields, and joins thousands of fellow prospectors attempting the difficult journey to the Klondike. The Dead Horse Trail, the infamous Chilkott Pass, and a five-hundred-mile trip by canoe down the Yukon River lie ahead. With help from a young writer named Jack London, Jason and his dog face moose, bears, and the terrors of a subartic winter in this bone-chilling survival story. 00-01 Tayshas High School Reading List, 01-02 Young Hoosier Book Award Masterlist (Gr 4-6), 01-02 Young Hoosier Book Award Masterlist (Gr 6-8), 01-02 William Allen White Children's Book Award Masterlist, and 01 Heartland Award for Excellence in YA Lit Finalist Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council, 2000 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA), and 2000 Quick Picks for Young Adults (Recomm. Books for Reluctant Young Readers)

Jason's Miracle

by Beryl Lieff Benderly

It's the first night of Hanukkah, and Jason is frustrated and upset. Christmas is everywhere, and his family won't celebrate it even a little. His dad is firm in his beliefs about the miracle of Hanukkah. But Jason gains a new perspective when he is transported back in time and welcomed as a friend of the Maccabees. With Jason's help, the Maccabees are able to defeat the Syrians, regain Jerusalem, and witness the miracle of the lights.

Jasper's Beanstalk

by Mick Inkpen Nick Butterworth

Jasper, a cat, plants a bean seed, takes care of it, but gives up when it doesn't grow. But then...

JAVA 7 in Simple Steps

by Kogent Learning Solutions Inc.

Java 7 in Simple Steps is an ideal book for beginners to learn Java 7. This book contains code of many executable programs that help you to understand the concepts of Java 7 in a simple way. It is a good choice for readers looking for a book covering maximum core Java concepts along with various examples. The book covers: Introduction to Java SE 7 Binary Literals and Use of Strings in the Switch Statement Use of Non-Reifiable Formal parameter Control Program Flow Statements Classes, Methods, Packages, and Access Specifiers Objects-Oriented Programming in Java Exception Handling using the try with resources Statement Concept of Threads and Multithreaded Custom Class Loaders Embed JNLP in Applet Tag Collection Framework Input/Output Operations Interface Components Event Handling Applets and Advanced GUI Features by Developing Dragged Applets

Java 2 Database Programming for Dummies

by Jim Keogh

Java 2 Database Programming For Dummies shows you how to design, develop, and interact with a database using the Java programming language. This is the perfect book for those who know the basics of Java programming but have little or no experience creating and accessing a database in Java. The companion CD contains the source code for all the code fragments and examples in the book plus powerful tools, applets, drivers, and utilities.

Java 2D Graphics

by Jonathan Knudsen

Java 2D Graphics describes the 2D API from top to bottom, demonstrating how to set line styles and pattern fills as well as more advanced techniques of image processing and font handling. You'll see how to create and manipulate the three types of graphics objects: shapes, text, and images. Other topics include image data storage, color management, font glyphs, and printing.

Java and XML

by Brett D. Mclaughlin Justin Edelson

This guide first covers XML basics, including XPath, XSL, DTDs, and XML Schema, then focuses on using XML from Java applications. This third edition covers all major Java XML processing libraries, as well as the latest version of the Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) and Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB). The chapters on Web technology have been entirely rewritten to focus on today's most relevant topics: syndicating content with RSS and creating Web 2. 0 applications. The book will be useful to Java developers, those involved in the peer-to-peer movement, messaging, or web services, and people developing software for electronic commerce. McLaughlin is a Java and XML programmer. Edelson is a software developer. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Java and XML

by Brett Mclaughlin

Thorough knowledge of both Java and XML is indispensable if developers want to build modern web applications. Because both languages are platform independent, they are ubiquitous in the world of web development, and the combination of the two allows enterprises to lower the costs of information sharing for e-commerce and other high-octane web applications and services. Our third edition of Java and XML is ideal for any Java developer who wants to take advantage of XML without having to become an expert on the markup language. So, unlike other XML titles, this book is written from a Java developer's point of view, and assumes no prior knowledge of XML. The new edition has been thoroughly revised with coverage of Java 5.0 as well as new standards for SOAP, a key web services technology that works with XML and provides a central part of Microsoft's .NET platform.

Java and XML, 2nd Edition

by Brett Mclaughlin

While the XML "buzz" still dominates talk among Internet developers, the critical need is for information that cuts through the hype and lets Java programmers put XML to work. Java and XML shows how to use the APIs, tools, and tricks of XML to build real-world applications, with the end result that both the data and the code are portable. This second edition of Java & XML adds chapters on Advanced SAX and Advanced DOM, new chapters on SOAP and data binding, and new examples throughout. A concise chapter on XML basics introduces concepts, and the rest of the book focuses on using XML from your Java applications. Java developers who need to work with XML, or think that they will in the future--as well as developers involved in the new peer-to-peer movement, messaging, or web services--will find the new Java and XML a constant companion. This book covers: The basics of XML, including DTDs, namespaces, XML Schema, XPath, and XSL The SAX API, including all handlers, the SAX 2 extensions, filters, and writers The DOM API, including DOM Level 2, Level 3, and the Traversal, Range, CSS, Events, and HTML modules. The JDOM API, including the core, a look at XPath support, and JDOM as a JSR Using web publishing frameworks like Apache Cocoon Developing applications with XML-RPC Using SOAP and UDDI for web services Data Binding, using both DTDs and XML Schema for constraints Building business-to-business applications with XML Building information channels with RSS and dynamic content with XSP Includes a quick reference on SAX 2.0, DOM Level 2, and JDOM.

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