JAPAN THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

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Japan Through The Looking Glass

Author : Alan MacFarlane
ISBN : 9781847650580
Genre : Travel
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This entertaining and endlessly surprising book takes us on an exploration into every aspect of Japanese society from the most public to the most intimate. A series of meticulous investigations gradually uncovers the multi-faceted nature of a country and people who are even more extraordinary than they seem. Our journey encompasses religion, ritual, martial arts, manners, eating, drinking, hot baths, geishas, family, home, singing, wrestling, dancing, performing, clans, education, aspiration, sexes, generations, race, crime, gangs, terror, war, kindness, cruelty, money, art, imperialism, emperor, countryside, city, politics, government, law and a language that varies according to whom you are speaking. Clear-sighted, persistent, affectionate, unsentimental and honest - Alan Macfarlane shows us Japan as it has never been seen before.
Category: Travel

Smart Technologies And The End S Of Law

Author : Mireille Hildebrandt
ISBN : 9781849808774
Genre : Law
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This timely book tells the story of the smart technologies that reconstruct our world, by provoking their most salient functionality: the prediction and preemption of our day-to-day activities, preferences, health and credit risks, criminal intent and
Category: Law

Scp Foundation Iris Through The Looking Glass Light Novel

Author : Akira
ISBN : 1645054896
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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A paranormal tale from Japan for the global collaborative fiction project! A young man is encountering a strange phenomenon–the same photo of a girl appears inside any book he opens. One book in the library causes him to be whisked away by the SCP Foundation, a secret organization dedicated to containing anomalous entities and phenomena. There, he learns that the girl’s name is Iris–and that he’s going to have to work alongside her to get them both out! The first light novel adaptation of an SCP tale, this paranormal story is sure to please both new readers and longtime fans of the online collaborative project, which has already inspired spin-off works in multiple formats and languages. Content relating to the SCP Foundation, including the SCP Foundation logo, is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 and all concepts originate from http://www.scp-wiki.net and its authors. SCP Foundation: Iris Through the Looking Glass, being derived from this content, is also released under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0. To view a copy of the license, please visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ or contact Creative Commons, PO Box 1866, Mountain View, CA 94042, USA. See full list of credits at https://sevenseasentertainment.com/scp-credits/
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Through The Looking Glass

Author : Paul French
ISBN : 9789622099821
Genre : Social Science
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The convulsive history of foreign journalists in China starts with newspapers printed in the European factories of Canton in the 1820s. It also starts with a duel between two editors over the future of China and ends with a fistfight in Shanghai over therevolution. This book tells the story of China's foreign journalists.
Category: Social Science

North Korea Through The Looking Glass

Author : Kongdan Oh
ISBN : 0815798202
Genre : Political Science
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Fifty-five years after its founding at the dawn of the cold war, North Korea remains a land of illusions. Isolated and anachronistic, the country and its culture seem to be dominated exclusively by the official ideology of Juche, which emphasizes national self-reliance, independence, and worship of the supreme leader, General Kim Jong Il. Yet this socialist utopian ideal is pursued with the calculations of international power politics. Kim has transformed North Korea into a militarized state, whose nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and continued threat to South Korea have raised alarm worldwide. This paradoxical combination of cultural isolation and military-first policy has left the North Korean people woefully deprived of the opportunity to advance socially and politically. The socialist economy, guided by political principles and bereft of international support, has collapsed. Thousands, perhaps millions, have died of starvation. Foreign trade has declined and the country's gross domestic product has recorded negative growth every year for a decade. Yet rather than initiate the sort of market reforms that were implemented by other communist governments, North Korean leaders have reverted to the economic policies of the 1950s: mass mobilization, concentration on heavy industry, and increased ideological indoctrination. Although members of the political elite in Pyongyang are acutely aware of their nation's domestic and foreign problems, they are plagued by fear and policy paralysis. North Korea Through the Looking Glass sheds new light on this remote and peculiar country. Drawing on more than ten years of research—including interviews with two dozen North Koreans who made the painful decision to defect from their homeland—Kongdan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig explore what the leadership and the masses believe about their current predicament. Through dual themes of persistence and illusion, they explore North Korea's stubborn adherence to policies that have failed to serve the welfare of the people and, consequently, threaten the future of the regime. Featuring twenty-nine rare and candid photos taken from within the closely guarded country, North Korea Through the Looking Glass illuminates the human society of a country too often mischaracterized for its drab uniformity—not a "state," but a community of twenty million individuals who have, through no fault of their own, fallen on exceedingly hard times.
Category: Political Science

Uniting Regions And Nations Through The Looking Glass Of Literature

Author : Karoline Szatek-Tudor
ISBN : 9781443879491
Genre : Social Science
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This volume of essays emphasizes the common theme that bodies of water may segregate, but, ironically, also unite nations and their readers through the literature that authors from various countries produce. It reveals the importance of valuing literature that, over time, has travelled down bubbling streams, across lakes, along ocean waves, and white-water rivers because fiction, drama, and poetry know neither actual nor artificial boundaries, and, therefore, they cross-fertilize, and even transform, beliefs, practices, and roles across cultures. Topics examined here range from South Africa’s on-going crises that, in part, mirror those of Somalia and Mozambique to poetry that has been reinvented as a literature in movement and to philosopher Henri Bergson’s influence on other philosophers, as well as Nikos Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek. The scholars contributing to this collection hail from across the globe, allowing the work to add to conversations on regional and international literary study, with special emphasis on writings from such places as Japan, Luxembourg, the Caribbean, the United States, Hungary, South Africa, Greece, and Turkey.
Category: Social Science

Democratization Through The Looking Glass

Author : Peter J. Burnell
ISBN : 0719062438
Genre : Political Science
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Democratization is a major political phenomenon of the age. This study argues that our perspectives on democratization reflect the intellectual origins of the inquiry. How we see and understand it are influenced by what we bring to the table. By considering democratization across a range of disciplines, from anthropology and economics, to sociology, law and area studies, this volume offers a rich combination of analytical frameworks, distinctive insights and leading points of concern. wide-ranging distillation of the main themes, issues and topics, concisely written by specialists. On a second level the book advances the case for a broadly-based comparative study which includes Europe and North American alongside developing regions, while maintaining the belief that a multidisciplinary approach enhances our understanding of democratization far more than that of a narrow political science view. of their subject and all social scientists who need an introduction to this important contemporary phenomenon.
Category: Political Science

Japanese Fashion Cultures

Author : Masafumi Monden
ISBN : 9781472586728
Genre : History
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From Rococo to Edwardian fashions, Japanese street style has reinvented many western dress styles, reinterpreting and altering their meanings and messages in a different cultural and historical context. This wide ranging and original study reveals the complex exchange of styles and what they represent in Japan and beyond, contesting common perceptions of gender in Japanese dress and the notion that non-western fashions simply imitate western styles. Through case studies focussing on fashion image consumption in style tribes such as Kamikaze Girls, Lolita, Edwardian, Ivy Style, Victorian, Romantic and Kawaii, this ground-breaking book investigates the complexities of dress and gender and demonstrates the flexible nature of contemporary fashion and style exchange in a global context. Japanese Fashion Cultures will appeal to students and scholars of fashion, cultural studies, gender studies, media studies and related fields.
Category: History

Contemporary Japan

Author : Jeff Kingston
ISBN : 9781118315064
Genre : History
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The second edition of this comprehensive study of recent Japanese history now includes the author's expert assessment of the effects of the earthquake and tsunami, including the political and environmental consequences of the Fukushima reactor meltdown. Fully updated to include a detailed assessment of the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami Shows how the nuclear crisis at Fukushima was an accident waiting to happen Includes detailed discussion of Japan's energy policy, now in flux after the mishandling of the Fukushima crisis Analyzes Japan's 'Lost Decades', why jobs and families are less stable, environmental policies, immigration, the aging society, the US alliance, the imperial family, and the 'yakuza' criminal gangs Authoritative coverage of Japanese history over the last two decades, one of the country's most tumultuous periods
Category: History