Japan (Traveller's History of Japan)
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Japan (Traveller's History)

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A Traveller's History of Japan not only offers the reader a chronological outline of the nation's development but also provides an invaluable introduction to its language, literature and arts, from kabuki to karaoke. This clearly written history explains how a country embedded in the traditions of Shinto, Shoguns and Samurai has achieved stupendous economic growth and domi...more
Paperback, 4th ed., 292 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Interlink Publishing Group (first published 1993)
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After wanting to visit Japan for most of my life, I finally made it. Before going I had to pick up a book about Japan, and this one looked pocket-sized enough to go with me. Excellent trip, good book. It was concise and the author made a good effort to keep things balanced. It really did help open my eyes to the country and better appreciate what I was seeing.
Feb 18, 2009 Phil rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Consise, straightforward history for someone who wants to know the basics. As with others in the series, not a travel guide, but a good basic read for a traveler who wants the basics on the history behind the culture they'll see when they travel there.
Brilliant. A great complement to my Introduction to Japan subject at University, this book touches on many topics. Starting from pre-history and working through to about 2001. Very readable and presented in a way that the information is easier to swallow (in bite size chunks). The language used and the explanation is detailed but easy, so I would definitely recommend this to anyone doing a Japanese history course or wanting to start out with the subject.
I think I've read some of the other books in this series. They're good for topics you know very little to nothing about because a book is nicer to read than Wikipedia; however, the content is not any deeper and is more likely to gloss over any controversy.
Avand in vedere ca Japonia e tara mea preferata,m-am gandit sa aleg si aceasta carte.Nu m-a dezamagit deloc,ba inca mi-a oferit informatii si noutati deosebite despre "Tara Soarelui Rasare"
Not as helpful as the recommendations on the back of the book led me to believe.

Reads like your high school history textbook. I couldn't even get to the halfway point in this book.
Feb 09, 2010 Aneel rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Japan's history chopped up into bite-sized pieces. An interesting approach to getting familiar with the subject.
Read when Shirley and I spent 6 weeks in Sendai.
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