Japan: People and Culture
An introduction to Japanese and Japanese American culture through fiction & non-fiction. Fiction is shelved alphabetically by author.
Hundred Million Hearts
After the death of her father, a young woman raised in Toronto travels
to Tokyo with her step-mother to meet the half-sister she never knew.
The two sisters bond through the exploration of theirs father hidden
past as a Kamikaze pilot during World War II.
A woman reflects on a painful period in her life while traveling to
the funeral of the landlady who cared for her during a childhood sickness.
Years earlier, the woman told the child that she plans to deliver
letters to the departed when she dies, prompting the girl to compose
a letter to her recently deceased father.
of the Border, West of the Sun
This story follows a man's life through school, college, marriage
and his career as a successful bar owner after he loses touch with
his first love in elementary school. He is forced to confront the
nature of love when the childhood sweetheart re-enters his life.
A Japanese-American teen experiences culture shock when her family
relocates to Japan. She shirks the restrictions of the traditional
woman's role by moving to Osaka to reclaim her independence. Beautifully
illustrated in ink and watercolor
"The funny thing is, the moment I am in one country, I am homesick
for the other." This statement hints at the feelings of the narrator
and his grandfather explored through the telling of their shared history
in America and Japan. Beautifully illustrated in a family album format.
Food of Japan: Authentic Recipes from the Land of the Rising Sun
TX724.5.J3 F66 1995
This is an informative guide illustrated with stylish photographs
for each recipe. Includes sections on Japan's culture and cuisine,
specialized cooking techniques, and an illustrated glossary.
Japanese America: The Visual Construction of Citizenship, Nation,
and the Body
Elena Tajima Creef
NX652.J37 C74 2004
Creef examines the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1941,
and its effect on the popular image of today's Japanese Americans.
Photos, dramatic cartoons, and film depicting the Japanese-American
perspective of the internment are also used in exploring the enduring
ramifications of this period.
This is the story of a family that survives the bombing of Hiroshima
written and illustrated by a survivor of the bombing, told in the
manga (Japanese comics) style. The conventions of this style are used
to great effect in portraying the personal and emotional aspects of
this story as well as the purely historical. Episodes of self-sacrifice
and humor add richness and optimism to this tragic tale.
NC998.6.J3 D38 2002x
Tokyo's street graphics combine ancient tradition, and a modern urban
vision that is uniquely Japanese. This collection of 150 photographs
includes eye-catching images used in advertising, instruction, and
direction, and provides a unique look at a frequently used yet often
overlooked art form.
a Japanese Garden
q SB458.C4495 2003x
Color photographs illustrate the process of constructing a unique
courtyard, strolling, or Zen garden. A plethora of traditional Japanese
garden elements are offered, including rocks, water, plants, fences,
ladders, stepping stones, lanterns, and gates.
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