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  1. The Spirit of Noh

    The Spirit of Noh

    A New Translation of the Classic Noh Treatise the Fushikaden

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    • Zeami
    The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has long held a fascination for people both in the East and the West. For six hundred years it has had a huge influence on Japanese culture—and has inspired such Western artists as Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats. Here is a translation of the Fushikaden, a seminal treatise on Noh by the fifteenth-century actor and playwright Zeami (1363–1443), the most celebrated figure in… Read More

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  2. The Lone Samurai

    The Lone Samurai

    The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

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    • William Scott Wilson
    Miyamoto Musashi (1584‒1645) was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers. Here, respected translator and expert on samurai culture William Scott Wilson has created both a vivid account of a… Read More

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  3. Sky Above, Great Wind

    Sky Above, Great Wind

    The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan

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    • Ryokan
    Ryokan (1758–1831) is, along with Dogen and Hakuin, one of the three giants of Zen in Japan. But unlike his two renowned colleagues, Ryokan was a societal dropout, living mostly as a hermit and a beggar. He was never head of a monastery or temple. He liked playing with children. He had no dharma heir. Even so, people recognized the depth of his realization, and he was sought out by… Read More

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  4. Japanese Street Slang

    Japanese Street Slang

    Completely Revised and Updated

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    • Peter Constantine
    From ai (“love”) to zukkyu! (“heart attack!”) Japanese Street Slang details the roughest and rawest street language as it’s used in Japan today. Here’s how the Japanese really speak: the hustlers and high-rollers, the anime otaku teens and Tokyo yuppies, the gangsters and their ladies of the night. This is the guide to the kinkiest sex talk, drug slang, criminal lingo, popular text-messaging abbreviations, and more. More than just a… Read More

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  5. Enso

    Enso

    Zen Circles of Enlightenment

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    • Audrey Yoshiko Seo
    The ensō is one of the most prevalent images of Zen art, and it has become a kind of symbol of the clean and strong Japanese aesthetic. It has been subject to a rich variety of interpretations—seen as everything from a rice cake to a symbol of infinity. But regardless of how it is understood, the ensō is above all an expression of the mind of the artist who brushes… Read More

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  6. Jake Fades

    Jake Fades

    A Novel of Impermanence

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    • David Guy
    Jake is a Zen master and expert bicycle repairman who fixes flats and teaches meditation out of a shop in Bar Harbor, Maine. Hank is his long-time student. The aging Jake hopes that Hank will take over teaching for him. But the commitment-phobic Hank doesn’t feel up to the job, and Jake is beginning to exhibit behavior that looks suspiciously like Alzheimer’s disease. Is a guy with as… Read More

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  7. Hearing with the Eye

    Hearing with the Eye

    Photographs from Point Lobos

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    • John Daido Loori
    These magical photographs of ordinary land- and waterscapes all share a mysterious quality of presence that calls into question any distinction we might make between ourselves and the natural world. They thus represent the renowned nature photographer–Zen master’s teaching on the interconnectedness of all things. The sixty-one astonishingly beautiful color images are accompanied by John Daido Loori’s commentary on a text by the most famous of all historic Zen masters,… Read More

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  8. Enso

    Enso

    Zen Circles of Enlightenment

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    • Audrey Yoshiko Seo
    The ensō is one of the most prevalent images of Zen art, and it has become a kind of symbol of the clean and strong Japanese aesthetic. It has been subject to a rich variety of interpretations—seen as everything from a rice cake to a symbol of infinity. But regardless of how it is understood, the ensō is above all an expression of the mind of the artist who brushes… Read More

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  9. Only Companion

    Only Companion

    Japanese Poems of Love and Longing

    Written by court princesses, exiled officials, Zen priests, and recluses, the 150 poems translated here represent the rich diversity of Japan’s poetic tradition. Varying in tone from the sensuous and erotic to the profoundly spiritual, each poem captures a sense of the poignant beauty and longing known only in the fleeting experience of the moment. The translator has selected these five-line tanka—one of the great traditional verse forms of Japanese… Read More

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  10. Miyamoto Musashi

    Miyamoto Musashi

    His Life and Writings

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    • Kenji Tokitsu
    Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the fifteenth century, was a renowned samurai warrior. He has become a martial arts icon, known not just as an undefeated dueler, but also as a master of battlefield strategy. Kenji Tokitsu turns a critical eye on Musashi's life and writings, separating fact from fiction, and giving a clear picture of the man behind the myth. Musashi's best-known work, The Book… Read More

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