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  1. Japan's World Heritage Sites

    Travel Book Japan's World Heritage Sites

    "It's a nice tome for armchair travel, whisking you off around the country from where you sit—or time travel, taking you back to that life-changing decade-lost holiday and old friends."—The Japan Times Visit the most compelling cultural and nature sites in all of Japan with this beautifully...
  2. Sushi Art Cookbook

    Culture Sushi Art Cookbook

    As the world's appetite for Japanese sushi continues to skyrocket, the Sushi Art Cookbook introduces readers to the art of creating sushi that looks as fantastic as it tastes! Author Ken Kawasumi—principal lecturer at the Japanese Sushi Institute—is the pioneering chef behind Kazari Maki Sushi...
  3. Dharma delight

    Culture Dharma delight

    Buddhism and Zen are the subjects of Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat’s colourful new book, Dharma Delight. I’m a lover of Zen (and Buddhism to an extent), and I’m a practicing artist, so really is up my alley. JREF thought I would feel comfortable reviewing it. I was apprehensive upon flipping...
  4. Manabeshima Island Japan

    Culture Manabeshima Island Japan

    To be honest: manga-like picture books, especially in the guise of "graphic novels", are not my first choice of reading. So I was very skeptical when I opened "Manabeshima Island Japan", Florent Chavouet's second illustrated book on Japan. Je m'excuse! After I had read through the first few...
  5. Japan Journeys

    Culture Japan Journeys

    I love this book. End of review. No, I should write a little more than that. I do love it though. Japan Journeys is a collection of ukiyo-e (the Japanese term for woodblock prints pre-20th century) themed around travel in Japan. I’m not an expert on ukiyo-e, but I’m quite familiar with the...
  6. Tokyo: Capital of Cool

    Travel Book Tokyo: Capital of Cool

    Tokyo is a difficult city to get a handle on. I’ve personally only spent a matter of weeks there, and I didn’t even scratch the surface of it. It’s a world class destination, and for Westerners in particular, it has a magic aura. Talking to friends at home in Canada, I’ve been told so many...
  7. Mastering Japanese Kanji Volume 1

    日本語 Mastering Japanese Kanji Volume 1

    The purpose of Mastering Japanese Kanji, by Glen Nolan Grant, is to provide a basic knowledge of 200 beginning kanji. Students often gravitate towards the kanji learning aspect of Japanese language learning, so a beginner’s book focused towards this endeavor is not a bad idea; however sugar...
  8. Essential Japanese Grammar: A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Usage

    日本語 Essential Japanese Grammar: A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Usage

    "Essential Japanese Grammar" is a complete revision of the Handbook of Japanese Grammar (Tuttle Publishing 1994). The book consists of two parts (Part 1 is "Japanese Grammar: An Overview and 2nd part Dictionary of usage"); while the first part has 21 chapters, the second part contains two. The...
  9. Essential Japanese Kanji Volume 1

    日本語 Essential Japanese Kanji Volume 1

    The first thing to know about this book is that it is a textbook, not a kanji reference book. The second thing to know is that it is not a textbook for absolute newcomers to learning Japanese; it presumes a certain degree of knowledge of elementary Japanese grammar. If you are a person seeking...
  10. In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians

    History In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians

    John Dougill's In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians sets out to document Japan's Hidden Christians before they fade to extinction, and also to find within their story a greater understanding of the Japanese. He succeeds brilliantly with both goals. Those who are interested in Japanese...
  11. Tuttle Travel Pack: Tokyo

    Travel Book Tuttle Travel Pack: Tokyo

    To be sure, Tuttle's Tokyo Travel Pack is a small guide: just 128 pages, but packed with invaluable information for everyone who spends a few days in and around Tokyo. The book covers essentials such as a basic overview over Japan's geography, climate, language, religion and government as well...
  12. Roger Dahl's Comic Japan

    Culture Roger Dahl's Comic Japan

    Roger Dahl's Comic Japan: Best of Zero Gravity Cartoons from The Japan Times-The Lighter Side of Tokyo Life is a collection of humour strips by Roger Dahl that originally appeared in the Japan Times. As such, it reads much like other collections of newspaper strips that most should be familiar...
  13. 600 Basic Japanese Verbs

    日本語 600 Basic Japanese Verbs

    600 Basic Japanese Verbs is a book intended as a study guide for those who would take AP and Japanese Language Proficiency exams as a reference guide for studying. But more than just for taking the exams, anyone learning Japanese from the beginners up to those in the advanced level would find it...
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