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Renbit
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Quote Renbit Replybullet Topic: Good books on Japanese history?
    Posted: May/17/2011 at 2:13pm
Anyone know of any?

I have "Japan", by M. Scott Morton, and like it a lot, but I need more. (Academic journals would be just as good as books, if anyone knows of any)

I'm especially interested in anything that discusses tattooing in a historical context there, but any Japanese history is fantastic. I'm really having a lot of trouble finding books that aren't too dry and boring.
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Quote Jojostar Replybullet Posted: May/27/2011 at 3:36am
I have a good one,  its anthology of Japanese literature. (translated to English of course lol). But its got some funny observations of life at the time they were written, like a diary of a hien noble lady.
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Quote Keiran1980 Replybullet Posted: May/27/2011 at 4:07am
I am not sure if any academic journals ever written could not to some extent be considered dry and boring. If they were chatty and joke-filled then probably they would have very litttle academic worth.

All the Japanese history books I have read are pretty wordy and technical so probably not what you would want.
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Quote Grace Quirrel Replybullet Posted: October/26/2011 at 12:57pm
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Crown-Prince-Elizabeth-Vining/dp/0397000375/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319648128&sr=1-1

Windows for the Crown Prince - Elizabeth Gray Vining

It's not a history book and has got no tattoos in it, but I'd really recommend it.  It's about an American woman who was selected to teach the (then) Crown Pince English and about the culture during the occupation. 
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Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. The film has Joanna Lumley collecting bodices. What more is there to say?
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Quote Keiran1980 Replybullet Posted: October/26/2011 at 5:16pm
9781846034138 Strongholds Of The Samurai by Steven Turnbull. Very interesting if you like Japanese Castles. 
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