A Brief History of Japan

ISBN10: 4805313897
ISBN13: 9784805313893
Number Of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 20170801
Publisher: Tuttle
Binding: Paperback
SKU: 9784805313893
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This fascinating history tells the story of the people of Japan, from ancient teenage priest-queens to teeming hordes of salarymen, a nation that once sought to conquer China, yet also shut itself away for two centuries in self-imposed seclusion.

First revealed to Westerners in the chronicles of Marco Polo, Japan was a legendary faraway land defended by a fearsome Kamikaze storm and ruled by a divine sovereign. It was the terminus of the Silk Road, the furthest end of the known world, a fertile source of inspiration for European artists, and an enduring symbol of the mysterious East. In recent times, it has become a powerhouse of global industry, a nexus of popular culture, and a harbinger of post-industrial decline.

With intelligence and wit, author Jonathan Clements blends documentary and storytelling styles to connect the past, present and future of Japan, and in broad yet detailed strokes reveals a country of paradoxes: a modern nation steeped in ancient traditions; a democracy with an emperor as head of state; a famously safe society built on 108 volcanoes resting on the world's most active earthquake zone; a fast-paced urban and technologically advanced country whose land consists predominantly of mountains and forests.

Among the chapters in this Japanese history book are:
  • The Way of the Gods: Prehistoric and Mythical Japan
  • A Game of Thrones: Minamoto vs. Taira
  • Time Warp: 200 Years of Isolation
  • The Stench of Butter: Restoration and Modernization
  • The New Breed: The Japanese Miracle