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The Other Face of the Moon

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$22.95 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674072923

Publication Date: 03/05/2013


192 pages

4-3/8 x 7-1/8 inches

10 halftones

Belknap Press


  • Foreword by Junzo Kawada
  • 1. The Place of Japanese Culture in the World
  • 2. The Hidden Face of the Moon
  • 3. The White Hare of Inaba
  • 4. Herodotus in the China Sea
  • 5. Sengai: The Art of Accommodating Oneself to the World
  • 6. Domesticating Strangeness
  • 7. The Shameless Dance of Ame no Uzume
  • 8. An Unknown Tokyo
  • 9. Interview with Junzo Kawada
  • Sources
  • About the Author

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