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TORII - Japan known and unknown
Original title: TORII - Japonia znana i nieznana
"Torii" is a quarterly magazine about Japanese culture, history, lifestyle and more.
Learn details about "Torii": www.torii.com.pl
Pages: 82 (64 in full color)
Size: A4
Cover: paperback
Price: 15,90 PLN

Japanese fairy tales
Author: Yei T. Ozaki
A selection of most popular Japanese fairy tales, including The Tale of The Bamboo-Cutter, Momotarō or The Demon of the Rashomon Gate. These are the stories which Japanese children know by heart, but even adults can still find them didactical. They are deeply rooted in Japanese culture and their traces can be found in numerous works of contemporary art or pop culture, so familiarity with those legends is essential for each and every Japanese folklore or culture fan or researcher.
Pages: 266
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: January 2016
Price: 34,90 PLN
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Release date: August 2016
Price: 18,00 PLN
Japanese Fairy-Tales vol. 2
Author: autor zbiorowy
"Japanese Fairy-Tales vol. 2" will guide you again to the world of Japanese ghosts, demons, brave warriors, noble ladies and unusual creatures. It includes such famous Japanese stories as "The Snow Lady", Issunboshi" (or Japanese Tom Thumb), "Magic tea pot" and many, many more.
Pages: 212
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: April 2017
Price: 32,90 PLN
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Bushidō. The samurai ethos from war tales to the Pacific War
Author: Joanna Katarzyna Puchalska
Bushidō is sometimes called the samurai code of honor, which may be misleading, as in the era of the samurai there was no written code of conduct of this social class and at the same time many spectacular victories took place due to disloyalty or insubordination in the ranks of the enemy. Moreover, the term itself was not widely introduced until the 20th century. In fact what we now call bushidō, is the samurai ethos, molded for centuries by war stories, legends, as well as by philosophical treatises or ethic guides of the members of the samurai class.
The book traces the most important elements which constitute the ethos of the samurai, analyzes the ideas the samurai had on the role of their class and the position in the society, and finally – it shows how bushidō emerged in the 20th century – as a tool of war propaganda and later, as a popular theme in mass culture.
Pages: 380
Size: B5
Cover: paperback
Release date: September 2016
Price: 47,00 PLN
Patronages: Histmag.org, TORII
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Cool Japan. Self-representation of Japan in its popular culture
Author: Małgorzata Gotowska, Adrianna Wosińska (ed.)
„Cool Japan” is a slogan adopted by Japanese government as a name for an operative program aimed at promoting Japan overseas by means of what appeals to young people: popular culture, fashion and technology. In recent years, more than a decade from the program’s launching, the researchers all over the world have been debating on the mechanisms and effects of the strategy. It was also an object of discussion in Poland, resulting in publication of this book, which traces what image of Japan is conveyed by the products of its popular culture – movies, music or comic books.
Pages: 272
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: February 2017
Price: 34,90 PLN
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Release date: May 2017
Price: 18,00 PLN
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Humanity without borders. Dimensions of culture in the work of Akira Kurosawa.
Author: Marcin Lisiecki, Joanna Zaremba-Penk (ed.)
Akira Kurosawa is one of the most famous Japanese film directors, but at the same in Poland – one of the most undervalued. This situation results from focusing on his works as on epic stories on feudal Japan and its samurai, while the works on daily struggles of the Japanese after World War II, as well as on essential social and existential issues remain underestimated. Kurosawa is also one of the most inspiring artists, not only within the medium of cinema, but also in terms of comic books and animation. The aim of this book is to present those themes in the films of Kurosawa, along with a commentary. Its unquestionable asset is also the fact that the authors, who represent various academic centers from Poland, Germany and Japan, offer a new approach to the works by this director.
Pages: 190
Size: B5
Cover: paperback
Release date: May 2015
Price: 39,90 PLN
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Release date: April 2016
Price: 16,00 PLN
Evolution of the image of homosexual men in Japan - in culture, literature and legal texts from Edo period to modern times
Author: Sara Wielichowska
Pages: 152
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: August 2013
Price: 29,90 PLN
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Inspiring and inspired. Japanese pop-culture
Author: Adrianna Wosińska (ed.)
This publication is a result of a conference under the same title, which took place in Torun in 2011.
Pages: 208
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: December 2011
Price: 32,50 PLN
Restaurant of Many Orders
Author: Kenji Miyazawa
Kenji Miyazawa's (1896-1933) short story "Restaurant of Many Orders", originally published in 1924.
Pages: 20
Size: A6
Cover: paperback
Release date: August 2017
Price: 0 PLN
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Japan renounces war forever
Author: Mikołaj Tersa
„Japan renounces war forever” – this is the beggining of the 9th article of Japanese constitution. But should it still be there, while the situation in Asia is so unstable?
Pages: 196
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: October 2014
Price: 27,90 PLN
Japanese book of ghosts and demons. Konjaku monogatari.
Author: Renata Iwicka (transl.)
Pages: 176
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: May 2013
Price: 29,90 PLN
Patronages: Japonia Online, TORII
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Release date: November 2016
Price: 17,00 PLN
Patronages: Japonia Online, TORII
Japanese soft power. The influence of Japan on Western culture
Author: Adrianna Wosińska (ed.)
This publication is a result of a conference under the same title, which took place in Torun in 2010.
Pages: 230
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: August 2010
Price: 32,50 PLN
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Format: PDF, EPUB, MOBI
Release date: October 2015
Price: 19,90 PLN
Learning Japanese with games - part I: Hiragana and katakana
Author: Marta Szyler
Learning Japanese has never been so easy. This is not a regular textbook! It is a set of various games (memo, bingo, sudoku etc.) useful during lessons and at home.
Pages: 96
Size: A4
Cover: paperback
Release date: October 2014
Price: 35,00 PLN
Romances of old Japan
Author: Yei T. Ozaki
A third volume of the best-selling series "Legends of Japan". It contains eleven stories about lovers - married and engaged couples, but also about jealous admirers and supernatural creatures.
Pages: 226
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: February 2014
Price: 32,00 PLN
Japanese comic books in Poland. History and controversy
Author: Ewa Witkowska
The most extensive and most current source of knowledge about manga in Poland.
Pages: 208
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: October 2012
Price: 34,50 PLN
Scars on the Moon
Author: Katarzyna Clio Gucewicz
Date Masamune was one of the most outstanding Japanese warlords of the Warring States period (1568–1603)…
... but in 1571 he is only five and seems a quite an ordinary boy - except for the fact that he is a son of a daimyō in Mutsu Province. However, dark clouds start to gather over his head, especially as in the country, already in military chaos for some time now, a process of emerging a new balance of power has already begun. On top of this, a plague strikes the neighborhood. In order to survive all those hardships, young Bontenmaru – as Masamune was called in his childhood – will need a faithful and reliable guardian. Will the 15-year-old Kagetsuna bear the responsibility?
Scars on the Moon is more than just a fictionalized biography of young Masamune; it is also a detailed account on the culture of Japan in the age when the country was divided into numerous contending states, the supremacy of Ashikaga shogunate had come to the end and most people believed that diseases were caused by demons.
Pages: 384
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: June 2017
Price: 39,90 PLN
Japanese dolls. The origins and contemporary forms
Author: Adrianna Wosińska
Human representations have been present in Japanese Archipelago since prehistoric times. The oldest Japanese humanoid figures are dated back to 7 500 B.C. The objects that are now referred to as ningyō – which in the West is translated as “dolls” – in ancient times served many purposes and hardly ever were used as toys. The ningyō functioned as talismans and ritual items, as decorations, souvenirs or an adequate gift for certain occasions; they were even treated as fetishes. This book is an introduction to the vast topic of Japanese dolls; it presents their origins and numerous functions, but also shows their present-day forms and their role in contemporary Japanese culture.
Pages: 112
Size: album
Cover: paperback
Release date: April 2016
Price: 54,90 PLN
The Dragon Painter
Author: Mary McNeil Fenollosa
A beautiful story about love, art and Japan from the beggining of the Meiji period; written by Mary McNeil Fenollosa, wife of one of the greatest explorers of Japanese culture.
Pages: 162
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: March 2015
Price: 25,00 PLN
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Release date: October 2015
Price: 18,00 PLN
Ainu folk tales
Author: Basil Hall Chamberlain
The Ainu are an ethnic minority in Japan, living primarily on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaidō, although there were also small populations of Ainu living on the island of Sakhalin and in the Kuriles until the end of World War II, when the Soviet Union took control of Sakhalin and the Ainu there fled. Ainu literature was traditionally of an exclusively oral variety, and very little was reduced to writing in any language before the 19th century. Many of the stories occur in more or less lengthy poems known as yukar, which are an epic-like form. Many of the stories presented in this book also occur in the context of much longer and deeper stories, which is not made apparent; more than likely because the importance or even existence of the yukar was unknown to the author.
Pages: 144
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: February 2010
Price: 24,05 PLN
Patronages: TORII
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Release date: April 2015
Price: 14,90 PLN
Patronages: TORII
Representations of women in the photos by contemporary female Japanese artists
Author: Joanna Bojda
What is a Japanese woman like? How much is she a geisha, as seen by the West, and how much a ryōsai kenbo, "a good wife and a wise mother"?
Pages: 172
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: December 2014
Price: 24,90 PLN
Patronages: Nasza Japonia, TORII
Discovering Japan
Author: Adrianna Wosińska (ed.)
The discovering of Japan didn't end along with the times of great travellers, nor even with the large amount of foreigners, who came to Japan in the middle of the 19th century. Every journey to Japan, even a very short one, is a little discovery for the visitor. Nine authors bring lots of interesting information about the tourism to Japan as well as stories about unknown places and many illustrations and numbers.
Pages: 260
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: July 2014
Price: 39,90 PLN
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Re-considering the beauty. The aesthetics of Japanese calligraphy
Author: Joanna Zakrzewska
The aim of the book is to analyze the problem of aesthetics of Japanese calligraphy. The publication explores the aesthetic value of Japanese calligraphy in the following contexts: historical and cultural, technical and artistic. The first chapter covers the development of writing system in China as well as the Japanese writing system and language. As the central issue behind the book is the beauty of Japanese calligraphy, the second chapter, focused on cultural context, examines the features of Japanese aesthetics, as well as its main categories. Following a short introduction to technical aspects of calligraphy, which constitutes the third chapter, the next one traces the spiritual aspect of calligraphy – the expression, the role of communication and perceiving the art of calligraphy as a journey, as a spontaneous act of creation, as conceptual art. The fifth part of the book is dedicated to the artistic context of calligraphy, presenting its means of expression, imagery, relation to paintings and the composition. Moreover, the aesthetic values, such as: the concept of reciprocity between the brush and the medium, as well as a concept of tangibility, three-dimensionality of calligraphy and its relation to dance and music are discussed. The final part analyzes the approach of the Westerners to the art of Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, basing on a survey, which was conducted by the Author.
Pages: 488
Size: B5
Cover: paperback
Release date: December 2016
Price: 54,90 PLN
Views. Japan as seen by the West and the West as seen by Japan
Author: Adrianna Wosińska (ed.)
This book shows various examples how the West and Japan seen each other during the centuries.
Pages: 274
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: October 2013
Price: 34,90 PLN
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Studio Ghibli. The place of animated movies in Japanese culture
Author: Marcin Lisiecki, Joanna Zaremba-Penk (ed.)
The eighteen authors of „Studio Ghibli” reveal the phenomenon of Japanese animation, basing on the works by Studio Ghibli. They analyze one by one all its movies since Nausicaa (shot actually prior to its foundation) to Ponyo, focusing on the main themes, messages, concepts, inspirations and philosophy behind those films. They emphasize the wide range of topics as well as the mastery of animation itself. It is an indispensable source for the researchers on contemporary Japanese popular culture, film experts, but also for the fans of Japanese animation.
Pages: 368
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: June 2012
Price: 49,90 PLN
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi and the portrait of a Japanese warrior
Author: Olga Mądrowska
Olga Mądrowska’s book is the first Polish publication about woodblock print master Utagawa Kuniyoshi and his portrayal of Japanese warriors - musha-e. At the same time it is one of the few books on this genre itself. Aside from presenting the artist and his style, it covers the genre of history-themed prints, its origins, constraints, as well as the most popular topics. It is a valuable source for all researchers on Japanese history, culture and art, but also provides unique accounts on the impact of Kuniyoshi’s art on contemporary Japanese popular culture.
Pages: 128
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: October 2011
Price: 27,00 PLN
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Culture Trouble: The Contemporary Art of Japanese and Chinese Women
Author: Magdalena Furmanik-Kowalska
„Culture Trouble” is a paraphrase of the title of a book by Judith Butler, “Gender Trouble”, an important publication for the humanistic thought, which discussed the impact of gender on the individual’s identity. The aim of this book was to analyze the art of selected Japanese and Chinese female artists in the context of their native culture.
Pages: 286
Size: B5
Cover: paperback
Release date: August 2015
Price: 38,00 PLN
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Representations of masculinity in visual kei
Author: Klaudia Adamowicz
Visual kei is a trend in Japanese underground music, defined by the image of the musicians, as well as the esthetics of their concerts, CDs and video clips, rather than by the kind of music they actually play. The artists within this genre dress gaudily and fancily, wear heavy makeup and often act androgynously. In order to explore this phenomenon, the Author seeks the sources of defining the masculinity in Japan, the ways of its expression, as well as the inspirations for this genre – from glam rock to gothic and baroque, from kabuki theatre to the esthetics of kawaii (cuteness) and ero guro (erotic grotesque).
Visual kei is a kind of fairy tale in which numerous ideas from all possible sources of inspiration combine their power to create a story about beauty.
Pages: 340
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: October 2015
Price: 38,00 PLN
Patronages: JaME Polska, Otaku, TORII
Warriors of old Japan and other stories
Author: Yei T. Ozaki
First Polish compilation of legends about great Japanese warriors – the archers Tametomo and Yorimasa, generals Raikō and Yoshitsune, a brave monk Benkei, as well as many other heroes.
Pages: 112
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: June 2011
Price: 25,00 PLN
Pages: 192
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: April 2013
Price: 29,90 PLN
EBOOK
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Release date: September 2016
Price: 17,00 PLN
Introduction to Japanese Sign Language
Author: Agnieszka Gorońska
This publication covers a completely unknown world of deaf-mute people in Japan. It also provides a mini-dictionary of Japanese Sign Language.
Pages: 80
Size: B5
Cover: paperback
Release date: April 2012
Price: 26,90 PLN
The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari
Author: James S. de Benneville
The most famous and classical Japanese ghost story based on a legend from 18th century about a woman seeking revenge on her tormentors. This history had a momentous impact on Japanese culture; it served as a source of inspiration for kabuki theater, woodblock prints (including the ones by Katsushika Hokusai) and more recently – for „Ring” movie series.
Pages: 230
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: December 2009
Price: 31,40 PLN
Pages: 248
Size: B5
Cover: paperback
Release date: February 2014
Price: 35 PLN
EBOOK
Format: PDF, EPUB, MOBI
Release date: January 2017
Price: 17,00 PLN
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