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Forthcoming Titles


Kyoto’s Renaissance: Ancient Capital for Modern Japan

John Breen, Maruyama Hiroshi, Takagi Hiroshi (eds)

ISBN: 978-1-89882392-6


Forthcoming - May 2019

Draws on archive of material, a first in English to take an in-depth look at Kyoto’s modern transformation – its reinvention after ‘collapse’ (Meiji Restoration) and relocation of the imperial court to Tokyo. Includes: introduction, chapters on notable historical elements that sustain Kyoto as a quintessentially modern ‘ancient capital’ today.


The Rise and Evolution of Meiji Japan

The Rise and Evolution of Meiji Japan

James Huffman

ISBN: 978-1-89882394-0


Forthcoming - May 2019

A mini memoir, plus thirty journal papers and scholarly essays, thematically structured under: Media, Society, Culture and Environment, Democracy, Government and Nationalism,and a selection from his portfolio of book reviews. This offers valuable access to the scholarship of Huffman that both complements and enhances existing published works.


A History of Discriminated Buraku Communities in Japan

Teraki Nobuaki and Kurokawa Midori (Translated by Ian Neary)

ISBN: 978-1-898823-96-4


Forthcoming - June 2019

First study published in English. An intractable, divisive social problem with roots in pre-history, the ongoing discrimination against Dōwa communities (Buraku). Identified with ‘unclean’ work linked to specific occupations, their resulting marginalization and isolation within society as a whole remains a veiled yet contested issue.


The Thames and I: A Memoir by Prince Naruhito of Two Years at Oxford

The Thames and I A Memoir by Prince Naruhito of Two Years at Oxford

Prince Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan (Translated by the late Sir Hugh Cortazzi)

ISBN: 978-1-89882398-8


Forthcoming - February 2019

Hardback published 2006; softback reprint published to mark ascendancy to imperial throne in 2019. Became Crown Prince of Japan in 1989, on death of his grandfather Emperor Showa, Prince Naruhito studied at Merton College, Oxford, 1983-1985. This marked the first time that anyone in direct succession to the throne had ever studied outside Japan.


The Paintings of Korean Shaman Gods: History, Relevance and Role as Religious Icons

The Paintings of Korean Shaman Gods History Relevance and Role as Religious Icons

Kim Tae-gon (Translation and Introduction by Christina Han)

ISBN: 978-1-898823-77-3


Forthcoming - November 2018

This is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated study of Korean shaman gods to be published in English; it includes 130 full-colour plates of shaman gods, many dating back to the eighteenth century.


The Private Diplomacy of Shibusawa Eiichi: Visionary Entrepreneur and Transnationalist of Modern Japan

The Private Diplomacy of Shibusawa Eiichi Visionary Entrepreneur and Transnationalist of Modern Japan

Masahide Shibusawa

ISBN: 978-1-898823-81-0


Forthcoming - January 2019

“Japan had a tortuous relationship with internationalism between 1840, when Shibusawa was born, and 1931, the year the nation invaded Manchuria and when he passed away. The key to understanding Shibusawa’s thoughts against the background of this history, the author shows, lies in the concept of ‘people’s diplomacy’.” [Akira Iriye]


Unbeaten Tracks in Japan: Revisiting Isabella Bird

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan Revisiting Isabella Bird

Kiyonori Kanasaka

ISBN: 978-1-898823-79-7


Forthcoming - March 2019

Isabella Bird’s best-selling book on Japan is republished here, but with a difference: for the first time, it is now fully annotated with supporting commentaries, providing the twenty-first century reader with an enhanced informed view of the new ‘modern Japan’ as Bird experienced it in 1878.


British Royal and Imperial Relations, 1868-2018: 150 Years of Association, Engagement and Celebration

British Royal and Imperial Relations 1868-2018 150 Years of Association Engagement and Celebration

Edited by Peter Kornicki, Antony Best and Sir Hugh Cortazzi

ISBN: 978-1-898823-86-5


Forthcoming - April 2019

This new study examines the history of the relations between the British and Japanese monarchies over the past 150 years. Complemented by a significant plate section, with many rarely seen historical photographs and illustrations, together with supporting chronologies, this volume will become a benchmark reference on the subject.


Northern Light: Norway Past and Present

Northern Light Norway Past and Present

Nils-Johan Jorgensen

ISBN: 978-1-898823-90-2


Forthcoming - April 2019

This title discusses what it means to be Norwegian, in the past and now. It briefly turns to Norway’s history in a European context, largely unknown outside (and even within) Norway. This is for anyone who looks to Norway and wishes to discover why she survived and became a distinct rich nation. She is a young state and an old nation.


Anjin: The Life and Times of Samurai William Adams, 1564-1620

Anjin The Life and Times of Samurai William Adams 1564-1620

Hiromi Rogers

ISBN: 978-1-898823-85-8


Forthcoming - October 2018

On a battered ship, drifting into Usuki Bay, barely standing, are 23 Dutchmen and 1 Englishman, the remnants of a fleet of 5 ships and 500 men that had left Rotterdam. Englishman, William Adams, later known as Anjin Miura by the Japanese, who went from wretched prisoner to one of the Shogun’s closest advisers is the centrepiece of this book.


The Ghost of Namamugi: Charles Lenox Richardson and the Anglo-Satsuma War

The Ghost of Namamugi Charles Lenox Richardson and the Anglo-Satsuma War

Robert S.G. Fletcher

ISBN: 978-1-898823-83-4


Forthcoming - February 2019

In 1862, a British merchant was killed by samurai at Namamugi, a quiet village near Yokohama. One year later, a British fleet bombarded Kagoshima to extract reparations, reducing much of this south-western city to ash. This captivating re-telling, locates the story firmly within the wider context of British imperial expansion in East Asia.


The Life of Nobuko: Words, Works and Pictures of an Ordinary but Remarkable Japanese Woman, 1946-2015

The Life of Nobuko Words Works and Pictures of an Ordinary but Remarkable Japanese Woman 1946-2015

Edited and introduced by Kiyonori Kanasaka

ISBN: 978-1-898823-88-9


Forthcoming - May 2019

Born into the post-war American Occupation of Japan, Nobuko Kanasaka (née Fujimoto) emerged as a woman of her time, both tempered and inspired by the vicissitudes and challenges of occupation life (up to 1952), followed by the hazards of the early post-occupation growth of the economy, the ‘miracle’ years and finally the ‘post-bubble’ years.  This illustrated volume comprising over 400 photographs and illustrations, tracks both Nobuko’s life experiences from early childhood and celebrates her achievements as an amateur artist, calligrapher and writer.