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Contesting the Myths of Samurai Baseball

Author : Christopher T. Keaveney
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Almost right from the introduction of baseball to Japan the sport was regarded as qualitatively different from the original American model. This vision of Japanese baseball associates the sport with steadfast devotion (magokoro) and the values of the samurai class in the code of Bushidō, in which greatness is achieved through hard work under the tutelage of a selfless master. In Contesting the Myths of Samurai Baseball Keaveney analyzes the persistent appeal of such mythologizing, arguing that the sport has been serving as a repository for traditional values, to which the Japanese have returned time and again in epochs of uncertainty and change. Baseball and modern culture emerged and developed side by side in Japan, giving cultural representations of this national pastime special insights into Japanese values and their contortions from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Keaveney explains the origins of the cultural construct “Samurai baseball” and reflects on the recurrences of these essentialist discourses at critical junctures in Japan’s modern history. Since the early modern period, writers, filmmakers, and manga artists have alternately affirmed and debunked these popular myths of baseball. This study presents an overview of these cultural products, beginning with Masaoka Shiki’s pioneering baseball writings, then moves on to the long history of baseball films and the venerable tradition of baseball fiction, and finally considers the substantial body of baseball manga and anime. Perhaps what is most striking is the continuous relevance of baseball and its values as a point of cultural reference for the Japanese people; their engagement with baseball is a genuine national love affair. “A fascinating study of samurai baseball and the culture it represents viewed through historical and contemporary literature, poetry, manga, and movies. An important, original work that is full of insights. Christopher Keaveney has put enormous effort into researching this book and he is to be congratulated. I learned a lot by reading it.” —Robert Whiting, author of You Gotta Have Wa and The Meaning of Ichiro “Keaveney’s book offers a nuanced introduction to the Japanese model of samurai baseball along with an analysis of many of the works that treat the guiding principles of that model. A fresh look at Japan’s national pastime.” —Bobby Valentine, former MLB player and manager and former manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball “Christopher Keaveney effortlessly combines a thorough knowledge of Japanese baseball—its players, managers, fans—with the cultural productions surrounding it. The result is a nostalgic trip through history and an edifying survey of literature, film, and manga.” —David Desser, professor emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Blue Eyed Samurai

Author : Nicholas Pettas
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Follow Nicholas Pettas on his 1000-day study of karate as a live-in student at the headquarters of the legendary master, (Mas) Oyama Masutatsu.

Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide

Author : Alexander Bennett
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Part Samurai history, part martial arts guide, this is THE book for anyone interested in Japan's fabled Samurai culture. Author Alexander Bennett is the ultimate insider—holding multiple black belts in Kendo and Naginata, as well as a Ph.D. in Japanese literature and history. In this book he shares his vast personal experience and knowledge with readers seeking to undertake their own personal quest in the Japanese martial arts. Bennett outlines the Japanese history of Bushido and the Samurai—from early times up until the present. Then, as only someone steeped in this world can, he surveys the contemporary martial arts scene and provides the essential knowledge young foreigners need to find a teacher and learn successfully. Unlike any other book on this subject, Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide is written by a Japanese speaker who has studied and taught martial arts in Japan for many decades. Chapters include: The Real Samurai The Concept of Bushido Development of the Japanese Martial Arts Martial Arts Masters You Should Know About Budo in Japan Today Key Martial Arts Concepts Life in a Japanese Dojo A Japan Survival Guide Written in a down-to-earth and easy-to-read style, this book will captivate anyone interested in Japan, as well as martial arts teachers and practitioners around the world. With both history and humor, this vividly illustrated book has a more personal touch than many (for example, read up on "Fifteen Famous Japanese Cultural Indiosyncrasies" and Bennett's favorite martial arts movies). As Bennett says, "This book is supposed to be genuinely from the heart. Without the pretense…misconceptions or romantization that often accompanies martial arts."

Soccer Samurai

Author : David Bennie
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After watching saturation coverage of the 64 games which constituted the Japanese/South Korean World Cup, square-eyed and sleep-deprived Scottish author David Bennie has strung together a series of tough-tackling, left-field "match reports" from the discomfort of his 4F Tartan Army armchair. Such sedentary, stay-at-home participation in World Cup 2002 became inevitable when Scotland bade "sayonara" to the possibility of qualification when they failed to beat Croatia is 2001. Trying to set aside centuries of cross-border rivalry, Bennie attempts to support England during their World Cup campaign, an interesting experiment which leads to high confusion and schizophrenic head games. This title combines autobiographical humor, sportswriting, pop culture philosophizing, political polemic, and the kind of geography lessons you never get at school.

1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die

Author : Tony Mott
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In fewer than fifty years videogames have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment, but which are the best games, the ones you must play? This action packed book presents the best videogames from around the world - from 80's classic Donkey Kong to Doom, Frogger and Final Fantasy. Covering everything from old favourites to those breaking new ground, these are the games that should not be missed. Video game expert Tony Mott presents 1001 of the best video games from around the world and on all formats, from primitive pioneering consoles like Atari's VCS to modern-day home entertainment platforms such as Sony's PlayStation 3. 1001 VIDEO GAMES defines arcade experiences that first turned video gaming into a worldwide phenomenon such as Space Invaders, Asteroids, and Pac-Man - games that made the likes of Atari, Sinclair and Commadore household names. It also includes the games that have taken the console era by storm from Nintendo Wii to Sony Playstation and beyond - games of the modern era that have become cultural reference points in their own right including multi-million selling series such as Halo, Grand Theft Auto and Resident Evil. For aficionados this is a keepsake - charting the highlights of the past fifty years giving them key information for games they must play. For those just discovering the appeal of gaming this extensive volume will provide everything they need to ensure they don't miss out on the games that revolutionized this overwhelmingly popular medium.

Football Goes East

Author : John Horne
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Global popular culture and big business have revolutionised the East in a generation. Football, Sport of the masses and now commercial super power, has travelled with this tide of change in the East in its own right. The development of football as a major participatory sport in Japan, Korea and China makes it an ideal case study for analysis of the complex relationship between sport, culture, society and economy in the East. Football is also a useful entry point for examination of the phenomena of increasing globalisation, and this theme is widely discussed. This broad ranging collection of essays includes: - Social change and national identity - Women's football and gender traditions - Finance and investment in football - The development of professional football - Football and the media - Football Fans, 'hooligans' and soccer supporter culture

The Ladies League

Author : Elise Marie Edwards
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Play it Again

Author : Wayne Rice
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, making it one of Youth Specialties' all-time bestsellers. Rice and Yaconelli now offer even more games--over 150 in all--for fun-loving folk everywhere, including quiet games, water games, indoor and outdoor games, mixers and more.

Slaves of the Samurai

Author : Sir Wilfrid Selwyn Kent Hughes
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The Encyclopedia of World Soccer

Author : Richard Henshaw
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The Guardian Index

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The British National Bibliography

Author : Arthur James Wells
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New Times

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Ps2 Secret Codes 2005

Author : BradyGames
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BradyGames' PS2 Secret Codes 2005, Volume 1 is an updated collection of secret codes and cheats for the most popular games released for the PlayStation 2. This pocket guide is a gamer's ultimate code source - - tips to unlock secret characters and hidden levels, become invincible, access alternate costumes, and more! Some of the games covered in this guide include James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Spider-Man 2, Finding Nemo, Hot Shots Golf Fore!, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Madden NFL 2005 and many more! Platform: PlayStation 2 Genre: Varies This product is available for sale worldwide.

Ultimate Soccer

Author : Ivor Baddiel
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Discusses the origins of the game, and provides profiles of the greatest players

Computer Gaming World

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New York

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Brands and Their Companies

Author : Linda D. Hall
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A Samurai Warrior

Author : A. Steele
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Describes the lives of Samurai warriors in seventeenth-century Japan.

Soccer a History of the Game

Author : Brian Glanville
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