Japanese clans:Fujiwara clan, Kikuchi clan, Matsudaira clan, Nanbu clan, Satake clan, Date clan, Ogasawara clan, Sakai clan, So clan, Tsugaru clan, Archbishopric of Mainz, Kyogoku clan, Hayashi clan, Uesugi clan, Hosokawa clan, Oda clan, Hata clan
In this hour, can you know a culture if you don’t speak the language? In this cross- inter- multi- cultural age, we’re surveying the map of global culture, attempting to see what’s lost – or made new – in translation. Our friends at The State We´re In from Radio Netherlands kick us off with an attempted translation of ´´gezellig!´´ Next, food is certainly the most palatable expression of culture, and the most easily shared. L. A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold has spent his career seeking out the best plates of authentic – or reinterpreted - culture. Anne Strainchamps asked him about food in translation.Then, culture´s shaped by geography, language, class and clan. It’s also shaped by time. Today our cultures are fundamentally different than they were one, two, three generations ago. If we want to understand old cultural artifacts, maybe we need translators. Ruth Calderon has been studying Jewish texts and stories since she was a child. She talks with Steve Paulson about reinterpreting the stories for contemporary life. And we hear a little regional Americana from the audio archives of Dictionary of American Regional English.After that, have you had culture shock? Did it hit when you were travelling or when you were at home? Writer Josh Swiller says, as a young man, he often felt outside his home culture. He decided to leave the U.S. altogether and found a whole new world of challenging inter-cultural communication.Following that, America has a thing for Japanese culture. And since the U.S. and its allies occupied Japan after WWII, some Japanese have had a thing for American culture, music in particular. Michael Bourdaghs talks with Jim Fleming about trading tunes across the Pacific.And finally, perhaps one of the most obvious and important cultural divides in the United States is between the political right and left. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt talks with Steve Paulson about his research into the fundamen... 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120829/rt_tbon_120829_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Greg Valdez had walked away from the dark side of the art world and stolen antiquities. No longer for hire as a professional thief, he was enjoying retirement with his family until the day men from Japans National Police and the Agency for Cultural Affairs arrived on his doorstep wanting a national treasure returned. The Honjo Masamune, a priceless samurai sword is being held by the Tonsei-Kai, a notorious Yakuza clan. If Valdez will retrieve the sword, the Japanese government will give him information about where Kyla, his former daughter in law, may be found. She believes she is leaving for Japan to become an international model, but in reality, shes caught in a human trafficking ring and may never be seen again. But Valdez must have the help of his son, Daniel, if Kyla is to be rescued-and Valdez doesnt realize it will take a miracle to get the sword and save his own life. The pulse pounding sequel to SOLOMONS MEN brings Valdez out of retirement and in search of THE HONJO.
What makes a legendary assassin? For John Rain, it was the lessons of love, war, and betrayal he learned in Tokyo in 1972. Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman under the watchful eye of his CIA handler, delivering cash to corrupt elements of the Japanese government. But when a delivery goes violently wrong, Rain finds himself in the crosshairs of Japan’s most powerful yakuza clan. To survive, Rain strikes a desperate deal with his handler: take out a high-profile target in the Japanese government in exchange for the intel he needs to eliminate his would-be executioners. As Rain plays cat and mouse with the yakuza and struggles to learn his new role as contract killer, he also becomes entangled with Sayaka, a tough, beautiful ethnic Korean woman confined to a wheelchair. But the demands of his dark work are at odds with the longings of his heart - and with Sayaka’s life in the balance, Rain will have to make a terrible choice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barry Eisler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005733/bk_brll_005733_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Some nasty predators dwell in paradise. The day attorney Storm Kayama arrives in Kahului to help Lara Farrell set up her new dive shop, someone bombs a restaurant. When one of Lara´s employees, a recent Japanese immigrant, kills himself and one of his young daughters, Storm begins to ask questions. A dangerous, Japanese organized-crime group is ensnaring local businesses, real estate, and politics. Cunning and deadly, the clan leaders exploit underage women and eliminate anyone who dares face up to them. Storm finds herself up against a lethal and faceless enemy in a place where disposing of a victim is as easy as dumping her in shark-infested waters. But who is hunting whom? Caught in a struggle to the death, Storm begins to realize that surviving doesn´t always mean living. For some, the ghosts of the past may be more painful than the anguish of the present. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bernadette Dunne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002991/bk_blak_002991_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his palace at Inuyama, Lord Iida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys his famous nightingale floor. Its surface sings at the tread of every human foot, and no assassin can cross it. But 16-year-old Otori Takeo, his family murdered by Iida´s warriors, has the magical skills of the Tribe - preternatural hearing, invisibility, a second self - that enable him to enter the lair of the Tohan. He has love in his heart and death at his fingertips.... Lian Hearn´s stunningly powerful best seller, Across the Nightingale Floor, is an epic story for young and old. Set in a mythical feudal Japanese land, a world both beautiful and cruel, the intense love story of two young people takes place against a background of warring clans, secret alliances, high honour and lightning swordplay. The first novel in the epic Tales of the Otori series, Across the Nightingale Floor is followed by Grass for His Pillow and Brilliance of the Moon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/001018/bk_macm_001018_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Minamoto Yoshitsune should not have been a samurai. But his story is legend in this real-life saga. This epic warrior tale may sound like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history. When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family - and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his surviving half-brother banished. Yoshitsune was sent away to live in a monastery. Skinny, small, and unskilled in the warrior arts, he nevertheless escaped and learned the ways of the samurai. When the time came for the Minamoto clan to rise up against their enemies, Yoshitsune answered the call. His daring feats and impossible bravery earned him immortality. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Nishii. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/009675/bk_reco_009675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An ambitious warrior leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his younger son to give up his wife to his older brother. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, the Spider Tribe, born from cocoons. A powerful priest trains a young disciple, Shikanoko, who has been made a sorcerer against his will. An intricate tapestry has been woven for two rival clans to enter a savage battle over who will be crowned emperor of the Eight Islands. In an extraordinary story seething with intrigue, adventure and love, Lian Hearn masterfully brings to life a mythical Japanese world inhabited by assassins, ghosts, spirits, deer and monkeys. A spellbinding new work from the author of Across the Nightingale Floor. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Shah. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000925/bk_macm_000925_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
During Japans Warring States period, centuries of strife had left the country divided and leaderless. Those who filled the power vacuum were the daimyo, warlords who ruled over the clans and provinces of Japan. Serving their daimyo, the samurai were the ultimate warriors at a time when military prowess won out over hereditary power and position. The nature of warfare itself changed-romantic ideas of mounted duels and battlefield decorum became as rare as aristocratic samurai leaders. Marching in to replace them were the common foot soldiers, the ashigaru , armed with pikes and matchlock rifles. The Samurai Warrior examines the fighting men of this key period in Japanese history. Divided into six chapters, the book describes the unification under the Tokugawa bakufu , the major battles of the era, the weapons and armour used, the social structure of Japanese society, myths about the samurai, and finally the decline of the samurai amidst the modernization of the Meiji period. Including more than 200 photographs, illustrations, paintings, and maps, The Samurai Warrior is a colourful, accessible study of Japans famous but often misunderstood warrior elite.
Human habitation in the Japanese archipelago can be traced back to prehistoric times. The Jōmon period, named after its cord-marked pottery, was followed by the Yayoi in the first millennium BC, when new technologies were introduced from continental Asia. During this period, in the first century AD, the first known written reference to Japan was recorded in the Chinese Book of Han. Between the third century and the eighth century, Japan´s many kingdoms and tribes gradually came to be unified under a centralized government, nominally controlled by the emperor. The imperial dynasty established at this time continues to reign over Japan to this day. In 794, a new imperial capital was established at Heian-kyō (modern Kyoto), marking the beginning of the Heian period, which lasted until 1185. The Heian period is considered a golden age of classical Japanese culture. Japanese religious life from this time and onwards was a mix of Buddhism and native religious practices known as Shinto. Over the following centuries the power of the emperor and the imperial court gradually declined and passed to the military clans and their armies of samurai warriors. The Minamoto clan under Minamoto no Yoritomo emerged victorious from the Genpei War of 1180–85. After seizing power, Yoritomo set up his capital in Kamakura and took the title of shogun. In 1274 and 1281, the Kamakura shogunate withstood two Mongol invasions, but in 1333 it was toppled by a rival claimant to the shogunate, ushering in the Muromachi period. During the Muromachi period regional warlords known as daimyō grew in power at the expense of the shogun. Eventually, Japan descended into a period of civil war. Over the course of the late sixteenth century, Japan was reunified under the leadership of the daimyō Oda Nobunaga and his successor Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After Hideyoshi´s death in 1598, Tokugawa Ieyasu came to power and was appointed shogun by the emperor. The Tokugawa shogunate, which governed... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Lenhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070573/bk_acx0_070573_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.