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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

The forty-seven ronin
Author: Algernon Bertram Mitford
A true tale of honor and vengeance.
In 1701 a young daimyō named Asano Takumi-no Kami attacked the shogun’s official, Kōzuke-no Suke, and for this act was sentenced to death. Being aware that their master had been provoked by the mean and spiteful officer 47 samurai formerly in service of the deceased daimyō plotted to avenge him. However, in order to make their plan successful, in the first place they have to renounce everything which has been dear or sacred to them.
The story of revenge of the 47 rōnin, recorded in 1871 by Algernon Mitford, has long been considered the most accurate account of the events.
Pages: 66
Size: 125x185 mm
Cover: paperback
Release date: January 2019
Price: 18 PLN
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Release date: April 2019
Price: 14 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
The second volume of "Japanese fairy tales" 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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Release date: December 2017
Price: 18,00 PLN
Japanese fairy tales vol. 3
Author: autor zbiorowy
Japanese fairy tales feature various characters: people – both wise and stupid, honest and cunning, rich and poor – but also animals, plants, demons, or even gods. They provide a glimpse to the lively world of folk fantasy, but also to the common people’s morality, there the cruel and the conceited meet their well-deserved punishment, while the good-hearted are properly rewarded.
Pages: 300
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: April 2018
Price: 36,90 PLN
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Release date: May 2018
Price: 18,00 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
Shadows from the North
Author: Katarzyna Clio Gucewicz
A sequel to „Scars on the Moon”.
Nine-year-old Date Masamune has already experienced the dark sides of being a daimyō’s heir. Even though his disability makes many people avoid him, the young boy starts to show talents and ambitions which soon will elevate him to the position of one of the most powerful warlord of Japanese Age of Warring States (1568–1603). However, it seem that a traitor hides in his nearest surroundings and his abduction is only a very beginning of dramatic events which are yet to come. Will his faithful retainer and friend Kagetsuna be able to protect him from the worst?
A novel based on a real history set in 16th-century Japan.
Pages: 418
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: December 2018
Price: 39,90 PLN
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Release date: June 2019
Price: 17,00 PLN
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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 male homosexuality in Japan in culture, literature and legal texts from Edo period to modern times
Author: Sara Wielichowska
The books presents the changing image of male homosexuality in Japan over the centuries. It starts with analyzing the oldest references to relationships between men in Japanese literature and the monastic practice of nanshoku. Afterwards, the author leads the reader through the world of earthly pleasures in medieval city of Edo, the issues of prostitution and a warrior’s ethos of mutual loyalty and faithfulness between brothers in arms, which ended in the 19th century, when under the pressure of the West Japanese authorities condemned such relationships. The final part of the book shows the contemporary image of male homosexuality in Japanese popular culture and the challenges it faces: discrimination, coming-out and same-sex marriages.
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.)
Ten authors of this book present diverse aspects of Japanese popular culture: cinema, comic books, animation, music or revue, where Western influences are traceable. They also point at cases of reverse situation, when a purely Japanese product served as a source of inspiration for Western interpretation. They also analyze the potential effect which Japanese pop-culture may exert on global high culture, consumer habits or even on international relations.
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 beginning of the 9th article of Japanese constitution, which warrants the country’s peaceful policy. Japan adopted it after the dreadful experience of the Second World War and the trauma resulted from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in order to prevent the country’s plunging into war again. However, is this resolution still justified while the situation in Asia is so unstable? Is it not just a facade, taking into account that Japanese Self-Defense Forces, while not being officially an army, remain one of the best equipped forces in the world? The author presents in accessible manner the circumstances which led to creating Japanese post-war constitution, the original assumptions of the anti-military policy of the country, as well as the idea and a mode of operation of Japanese Self-Defense Forces. He also sketches the current geopolitical situation, along with the threats and opportunities it arises, the potential ways of development of Japanese safety strategy, with special regard to the country’s relations with its neighbors and partners, as well as to Japanese industry, trade, diplomacy, space exploration and national sentiments.
Pages: 196
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: October 2014
Price: 27,90 PLN
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Release date: January 2019
Price: 17 PLN
Japanese book of ghosts and demons. Konjaku monogatari.
Author: Renata Iwicka (transl.)
Konjaku monogatari shū is a 12th century collection comprising originally over a thousand of setsuwa (Japanese anecdotes) on various subjects. The presented book is its 27th volume, dedicated entirely to ghosts, demons and mysterious occurrences. The tales within it, passed down from one generation to the next, were aimed to amuse, terrify or warn. The reader may learn from them why it is not advisable to penetrate solitude places or to stay overnight in desolated buildings. Those stories reveal Japan as it was in the times when in the streets of the capital city you could meet eye to eye with a demon, while a beautiful lady in your company might have been in fact… a vixen.
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
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Cyberpunk in Japan. From avant-garde transgressions to popular cinema
Author: Agnieszka Kiejziewicz
Cyberpunk as a subgenre of science fiction emerged in the West in the 80’s. Despite the fact that it had a profound effect on creating a similar genre in Japan, due to the cultural and language barriers it did not serve as its only source of inspiration. Japanese cyberpunk was influenced by both Western literature and cinema as well as by the native folklore, novels, comics and even avant-garde theatre or the ero-guro-nansensu movement, in effect giving birth to a distinctive genre, completely different from its Western counterpart.
The book traces the history of cyberpunk in Japan and the origins of Japanese cyberpunk, emphasizing the possible sources of inspiration of its authors, the most important movie directors along with their most important works. It also presents the probable future of the genre in the West and in Japan.
Pages: 248
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: February 2018
Price: 34,90 PLN
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Release date: November 2018
Price: 18 PLN
Japanese soft power. The influence of Japan on Western culture
Author: Adrianna Wosińska (ed.)
The book presents various areas in which Japan exerts influence on the West – diplomacy, economy, literature, art, and popular culture. Instead of just listing the facts or trends, the authors seek answer to the question of how Japan’s actions – both intended and unintended – shape the country’s image in the eyes of its foreign partners.
Pages: 230
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: August 2010
Price: 32,50 PLN
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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
I'm Kazu.
Author: Kazutaka Sasaki
In 2011 Kazu was nineteen. He decided to visit Poland just because… he saw it on the map. Prior to his trip the only source of his knowledge on this country was Youtube, so when finally there, he discovered that not everything was exactly the same as in other parts of the world – starting from language to shopping and cuisine.

Four years later he is determined to visit Poland again. This time he feels well-prepared – he knows Polish, has several friends within the country and he has already arranged the accommodation. But is this enough to avoid cultural shock?

A hilarious, but also educative story on both Japanese and Polish.
Pages: 238
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: November 2017
Price: 34,90 PLN
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Release date: January 2018
Price: 18,00 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
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Release date: July 2018
Price: 18,00 PLN
Japanese comic books in Poland. History and controversy
Author: Ewa Witkowska
The most extensive and current source of knowledge about manga in Poland.
The book is an effect of the author’s research on the fifteen-year presence of Japanese comics on Polish market. However, it also presents the circumstances which brought manga outside the country of its origin – to the United States, France, Italy and Germany, along with its reception in those countries. The introduction to the main topic shows the cultural background in Poland prior to publishing the first Japanese comic in this country: the attitude of the Polish people to comics in general, their knowledge on Japanese sequential art or the scarce occasions when Polish people might (unconsciously) enounter manga. This part is followed by a chapter presenting the process of popularization of Japanese comics in Poland, while a separate section is dedicated to the controversies which arouse in result.
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
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Release date: May 2019
Price: 19,90 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 beginning of the Meiji period; written by Mary McNeil Fenollosa, a wife of one of the greatest explorers of Japanese culture.
In the 19th-century Edo, recently renamed to Tokyo, lives old master of ink painting – Kanō Indara, the last of the line of the most famous artists of the past era. Just when he is distressed about not having a proper heir, he meet Tatsu, a young genius of brush. The youth's unusual talent charms the old master so much that he completely ignores the man’s story about being engaged to… a dragon’s daughter.
The story has been adapted to a movie by a famous Japanese-born actor, Sessue Hayakawa.
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
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Shades of kawaii
Author: Klaudia Adamowicz, Kamila Sosnowska
Kawaii (Jap. cuteness) is an aesthetic trend most commonly referred to in regards to the contemporary Japanese culture. However, is it really only a recent phenomenon, a form of protest of young Japanese against harsh reality? What place does it take in everyday life of the Japanese? What role does it play in human relations or how it affects art? The authors of this book try to find the answers to these and many more questions.
Pages: 200
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: September 2018
Price: 34,90 PLN
Patronages: Honbon, TORII
Representations of women in the photos by contemporary female Japanese artists
Author: Joanna Bojda
What is Japanese woman like? How much is she a geisha, as perceived by the West, and how much a ryōsai kenbo, "a good wife and a wise mother"? Whom does she hide under her uniform of an office lady or a schoolgirl – a respectful conformist, a lewdly Lolita or a heavily tanned kogaru? To what extent, in spite of the high level of uniformity of schools and workplaces in Japan, does she preserve her individuality and how does she understand her role in the society? Nobody answers those questions better than Japanese women themselves – the female artists who, by the medium of photography, try to grasp the souls of the women in their portraits. The works by Mariko Mori, Miwa Yanagi, Kimiko Yoshida, Maki Miyashita, Tomoko Sawada and Ryoko Suzuki may differ in terms of subject matter, technique or the approach to the model, but what they share in common is the main theme of the role which the Japanese society assigns to women as well as the role they would like to play themselves.
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 did not 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.)
Nine authors of the book present various examples of how the West and Japan perceived each other over the centuries.
The first chapter compares the narratives of two famous writers on Japan: Basil Hall Chamberlain and Lafcadio Hearn. In the second part of the book, the stereotypes and negligent acconts on Japan in Polish literature are analysed, basing on selected examplaes. It is followed by chapters on Western and Japanese themes in the works by Akutagawa Ryunosuke and on the image of a foreigner in Japanese wood-block printing. The fifth chapter analyses the impact of Japanese culture on Polish painters in lata 19th and early 20th century. Three subsequent parts focus on the cinema: Western themes in the art of Akira Kurosawa, the changing way of portraying Japan in Western cinematography and the seekin of Yasujiro Ozu's Japan in the document Tokyo-Ga by Wim Wenders. The final chapter of the book presents the idea of Japanese haragei in comparison to the Western notions of communication and dialogue.
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 Yoshida-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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In the shadow of the Great Wave. Essays on woodblocks and printing
Author: Olga Yoshida-Mądrowska
In the West the art of Japanese woodblock printing is studied mostly in regards to landscapes or portraits. However, in reality this medium covered much wider range of topics and served diverse purposes. This anthology of eight essays presents, among others, the issues of the influence of Western art on Japanese woodblocks, their role in military propaganda, the production of erotic images dedicated to soldiers or the relation between the classic representations of Japanese samurai and the illustration of military men in early 20th century. One chapter is also focused on printed books, which had a considerable share of the publishing market in Edo period.
Pages: 230
Size: A5
Cover: paperback
Release date: March 2019
Price: 42,90 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 antology of legends about great Japanese warriors – the archers Tametomo and Yorimasa, generals Raikō and Yoshitsune, a brave monk Benkei, as well as many others. They tell about warriors’ courage, courtiers’ wisdom and eloquence as well as women’s faithfulness and chastity. Their heroes fight enemy clans as often as they face demons of all kinds. The memory of them survived to this day not only in a form of legends, but also in other products of folk activity, which helped to promote their virtues among younger generations.
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
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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
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Format: PDF, EPUB, MOBI
Release date: January 2017
Price: 17,00 PLN
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