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About Japan: Newbie to Knowledgeable was my first, and most comprehensive ebook. Over 120 pages of info to help you learn about this mysterious country and help you enjoy your stay in Japan. Learn about Japanese history, government, customs, the Imperial Family and much more. Click the title for more details.
Bushido, The Soul of Japan. Bushido translates to The Way of the Warrior, the midieval Japanese Samurai's code of behavior. The original book was written in 1899, after the Meiji Restoration and the demise of the samurai as the elite warrior class. Author Inazu Nitobe relates a clear picture of the fuedal Japanese concept of chivaly. Up to this time, the west believe in the total absence of chivalry of any type in the Far East. It was, in fact, taught as such by western scholars of the period. History buff or fan of things Japanese, I believe you will enjoy this trip back in time and Nitobe-san's explanation of BUSHIDO.
About Japan: Tales of Old Japan. A 337-page collection of works by Japanese writers related and explained by a British subject living in Japan at the end of the 19th Century. An enlightening read for anyone but, I believe, especially interesting for someone who will be living in Japan for a while. It also includes wood-block print illustrations of the stories.
About Japan: Japanese Children's Stories. This fascinating collection of stories and narrative was published in 1909 and reflects the manner in which Japanese children were entertained and occupied themselves in the late 19th century.
About Japan: The History of Tea. This long out-of-print was written in 1906 by Kakuzo Okakura however it is still relevant in this day and age to those who are interested in Japanese life and culture. I truly enjoyed it and I hope you will to.