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The Miko

The Miko Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Eric Van Lustbader
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A New York Times bestseller by the author of The Ninja: An American martial artist travels to Tokyo and becomes the target of an international conspiracy. When his best friend dies under suspicious circumstances, martial arts expert Nicholas Linnear vows revenge. And while he may look American, Linnear’s childhood spent in the dojos of Japan taught him that vengeance must never be hurried. He takes a job for the billionaire industrialist who ordered the murder, planning to befriend his target during a trip to Tokyo. But even for a modern-day ninja, there is such a thing as too close for comfort. In the bustling city, Linnear finds far more to worry about than the intricacies of Japanese business. He is being pursued by a miko: a female assassin, part ninja and part sorceress, whose beauty is matched only by her skill in combat. Drawn into a tangle of corporate intrigue, international espionage, and hedonistic sex, Linnear will have to put revenge on hold if he is to leave Japan alive. From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author who currently writes the Jason Bourne novels, this is a “swiftly paced and fascinating” thriller that offers “an intricately designed puzzle” (Chicago Sun-Times).

The Mikado Jewel

The Mikado Jewel Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Fergus Hume
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"The Mikado Jewel" by Fergus Hume. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Primitive & Mediaeval Japanese Texts

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"Primitive & Mediaeval Japanese Texts" by Various. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation

Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lafcadio Hearn
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"Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation" by Lafcadio Hearn. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lafcadio Hearn
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This is a complete, two-volume set of one of the greatest books of 19th century Japanese history and culture. Though Lafcadio Hearn went on to write a dozen more books on Japan, this collection of first impressions remains his most popular. Among the reasons is that here, more than anywhere else, the author most vividly captured a place that so affected him that he stayed for the rest of his life. The modern reader can still, through these pages, experience that "first charm of Japan, intangible and volatile as a perfume." Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan combines two volumes of a work that first appeared in 1894. In the pages of this book are the customs, the superstitions, the charming scenery, the revelations of Japanese character, and all the other elements that Lafcadio Hearn found so bewitching. Here, for example, are essays on such subjects as the Japanese garden, the household shrine, the festivals, and the bewildering Japanese smile—all aspects of Japanese life that have endured in spite of the changes that have taken place during the modernization of Japan. The Japanese character and the Japanese tradition are still fundamentally the same as Hearn found them to be, and for this reason, his writing is still extremely revealing to modern readers. This edition also contains a new foreword by noted writer and examiner of Japanese culture Donnie Richie that puts Lafcadio Hearn and his classic works into perspective for readers just discovering Hearn's writing for the first time.

Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Indigenous Studies

Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Indigenous Studies Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Birgit Däwes,Karsten Fitz,Sabine N. Meyer
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Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Indigenous Studies by Birgit Däwes,Karsten Fitz,Sabine N. Meyer Summary

In recent years, the interdisciplinary fields of Native North American and Indigenous Studies have reflected, at times even foreshadowed and initiated, many of the influential theoretical discussions in the humanities after the "transnational turn." Global trends of identity politics, performativity, cultural performance and ethics, comparative and revisionist historiography, ecological responsibility and education, as well as issues of social justice have shaped and been shaped by discussions in Native American and Indigenous Studies. This volume brings together distinguished perspectives on these topics by the Native scholars and writers Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabe), Diane Glancy (Cherokee), and Tomson Highway (Cree), as well as non-Native authorities, such as Chadwick Allen, Hartmut Lutz, and Helmbrecht Breinig. Contributions look at various moments in the cultural history of Native North America—from earthmounds via the Catholic appropriation of a Mohawk saint to the debates about Makah whaling rights—as well as at a diverse spectrum of literary, performative, and visual works of art by John Ross, John Ridge, Elias Boudinot, Emily Pauline Johnson, Leslie Marmon Silko, Emma Lee Warrior, Louise Erdrich, N. Scott Momaday, Stephen Graham Jones, and Gerald Vizenor, among others. In doing so, the selected contributions identify new and recurrent methodological challenges, outline future paths for scholarly inquiry, and explore the intersections between Indigenous Studies and contemporary Literary and Cultural Studies at large.

Delphi Complete Works of Lafcadio Hearn (Illustrated)

Delphi Complete Works of Lafcadio Hearn (Illustrated) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lafcadio Hearn
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In the Victorian era, Lafcadio Hearn introduced the culture and literature of Japan to the West. Celebrated for his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories, as well as writings about the city of New Orleans, Hearn produced a diverse and inimitable range of works. This comprehensive eBook presents Hearn’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Hearn’s life and works * Concise introductions to the major texts * All the published books, with individual contents tables * Features many rare story and essay collections available in only this eBook * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Famous works are fully illustrated with their original artwork * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the complete short stories * Easily locate the short stories you want to read * Includes Hearn’s rare Creole works– available in no other collection * Features Bisland’s seminal biography - explore Hearn’s life and letters * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: Books on Japanese Subjects GLIMPSES OF UNFAMILIAR JAPAN (1894) OUT OF THE EAST (1895) KOKORO: HINTS AND ECHOES OF JAPANESE INNER LIFE (1896) GLEANINGS IN BUDDHA-FIELDS (1897) EXOTICS AND RETROSPECTIVES (1898) JAPANESE FAIRY TALES (1898) IN GHOSTLY JAPAN (1899) SHADOWINGS (1900) JAPANESE LYRICS (1900) A JAPANESE MISCELLANY (1901) KOTTŌ: BEING JAPANESE CURIOS, WITH SUNDRY COBWEBS (1902) KWAIDAN: STORIES AND STUDIES OF STRANGE THINGS (1903) JAPAN: AN ATTEMPT AT INTERPRETATION (1904) THE ROMANCE OF THE MILKY WAY AND OTHER STUDIES AND STORIES (1905) Books on Louisiana Subjects LA CUISINE CREOLE: A COLLECTION OF CULINARY RECIPES (1885) GOMBO ZHÈBES: A LITTLE DICTIONARY OF CREOLE PROVERBS (1885) CHITA: A MEMORY OF LAST ISLAND (1889) CREOLE SKETCHES (1922) Other Works ONE OF CLEOPATRA’S NIGHTS AND OTHER FANTASTIC ROMANCES by Théophile Gautier (1882) STRAY LEAVES FROM STRANGE LITERATURE (1884) SOME CHINESE GHOSTS (1887) YOUMA, THE STORY OF A WEST-INDIAN SLAVE (1889) TWO YEARS IN THE FRENCH WEST INDIES (1890) LEAVES FROM THE DIARY OF AN IMPRESSIONIST (1911) BOOKS AND HABITS, FROM THE LECTURES OF LAFCADIO HEARN The Short Stories LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Biographies THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF LAFCADIO HEARN by Elizabeth Bisland Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to purchase this eBook as a Parts Edition of individual eBooks

The Ninja

The Ninja Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Eric Van Lustbader
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In this New York Times–bestselling thriller, a martial artist’s past returns to haunt him—in the form of a murderous ninja. Raised in Japan by a British father and a Chinese mother, young Nicholas Linnear felt at home only in the dojo, where he gave himself over to mastering ninjutsu—the ancient art of the ninja. Over years of training, he ascended to the highest ranks imaginable—until a confrontation over the very meaning of ninjutsu changed his approach to martial arts forever, sending him on a journey that would take him across the globe. Now, after years of success in the advertising business, Linnear quits his job abruptly when he feels himself yearning for the life he led in Japan. Searching for direction, he meets a striking beauty named Justine, but just as he is beginning to fall in love, something chilling draws him back into his past: the corpse of a coworker, murdered by a Japanese throwing star. There is a ninja loose in New York City, and as the body count rises, it becomes clear that people close to Linnear are being targeted. Only he has the skill to stop a twisted killer with a personal vendetta. The first in a riveting series by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author who currently writes the Jason Bourne novels, this is “as gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will read . . . Superb” (News & Record).

Mechanical Microsensors

Mechanical Microsensors Pdf/ePub eBook Author: M. Elwenspoek,R. Wiegerink
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
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This book on mechanical microsensors is based on a course organized by the Swiss Foundation for Research in Microtechnology (FSRM) in Neuchatel, Swit zerland, and developed and taught by the authors. Support by FSRM is herewith gratefully acknowledged. This book attempts to serve two purposes. First it gives an overview on me chanical microsensors (sensors for pressure, force, acceleration, angular rate and fluid flow, realized by silicon micromachining). Second, it serves as a textbook for engineers to give them a comprehensive introduction on the basic design issues of these sensors. Engineers active in sensor design are usually educated either in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. These classical educa tional pro grams do not prepare the engineer for the challenging task of sensor design since sensors are instruments typically bridging the disciplines: one needs a rather deep understanding of both mechanics and electronics. Accordingly, the book contains discussion of the basic engineering sciences relevant to mechanical sensors, hopefully in a way that it is accessible for all colours of engineers. Engi rd th neering students in their 3 or 4 year should have enough knowledge to be able to follow the arguments presented in this book. In this sense, this book should be useful as textbook for students in courses on mechanical microsensors (as is CUf rently being done at the University ofTwente).

The Death and Life of Nicholas Linnear

The Death and Life of Nicholas Linnear Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Eric Van Lustbader
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A new story featuring the legendary modern-day ninja, from a #1 New York Times–bestselling author. This was to be one of the greatest nights of Nicholas Linnear’s life—a crowning achievement. After taking over his family’s company and quadrupling its size, he has gambled it all on a liquid natural gas trade with the Chinese, a deal worth untold billions. Is that why he just woke up in a pinewood coffin? In honor of the ebook publication of the original Nicholas Linnear novels—The Ninja, The Miko, and White Ninja—Eric Van Lustbader returns to the series for a new heart-stopping adventure. Drugged to the brink of death, Linnear reemerges in a desperate attempt to save his business and find the people who tried to bury him alive. No time has passed for Nicholas Linnear. The Ninja is as deadly as ever, and his blade is just as sharp.

The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters

The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christopher Miko,Garrett Romines
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The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters by Christopher Miko,Garrett Romines Summary

An Exploration of the Old and New Testament for Young Readers Unlike Any You’ve Ever Seen Before! Since 2009, Minecraft has swept the gaming world by storm. More than one hundred million games have been sold. Parents of children who play Minecraft will love this fun, educational collection of Bible stories. With the world of Minecraft as a backdrop using vivid, full-color screenshots, children will experience the Bible as never before. Authors Chris Miko and Garrett Romines are teachers who have used Minecraft to create imaginative worlds in their classrooms. Now, they have created Bible stories with virtual blocks to produce vibrant, 3-D worlds filled with adventure and astonishing imagination. With fascinating scripture and narrative simplified to teach young readers the most powerful stories of our time, this is the perfect gift. The images created are not only of magnificent, vast terrains often found in the Minecraft video game but also feature artfully recreated legendary characters, such as Adam and Eve, and superb architectural design builds of the pyramids and Noah’s Ark. A range of significant biblical characters such as Jesus and Pharaoh are brought together in fun, colorful scenes kids will treasure. Engaging teachings from the Tower of Babel and The Story of Abram and Lot, to name a few, are all in this book. With over 270 images, young readers will explore stories from a vast number of Bible favorites such as The Story of Creation, The Journey of Abraham, Joseph and the Colored Dreamcoat, David and Goliath, Moses’s Great Journey, The Birth of Jesus, The Last Supper, and many more! The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters makes the Bible more entertaining, engaging, and accessible for children than ever!

The Business of Gamification

The Business of Gamification Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mikolaj Dymek,Peter Zackariasson
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At the turn of the century the term "gamification" was introduced as a concept to understand the process of using game mechanics in "non-game" contexts. The impact of gamification was soon evident to business practices where it had impact both on marketing and, more broadly, on the organizations themselves. As the number of individuals playing video games grows, there seem to be an acceptance of game mechanics elsewhere. Its effectiveness is highly dependent on both technical possibilities and cultural acceptance, two factors present today. The aim of The Business of Gamification is to critically analyze the practical and theoretical consequences of gamification. Practically, how has gamification been applied in businesses to this point, and what are the future scenarios? Theoretically, what are the contributions of gamification to existing academic knowledge? How does this change our understanding of how business are performing and its consequences, for organizations, consumers, and society in general? This edited volume contains new, and stringent, perspectives on how gamification is contextualized in business settings, both in theory as well as in practice. This book will provide a wealth of research for individuals seriously interested in the industry at the academic level. As a result, this book will serve as a reference in curricula associated with video game development for years to come.

An Introduction to Japanese Folk Performing Arts

An Introduction to Japanese Folk Performing Arts Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Terence A. Lancashire
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Japanese folk performing arts incorporate a body of entertainments that range from the ritual to the secular. They may be the ritual dances at Shinto shrines performed to summon and entertain deities; group dances to drive away disease-bearing spirits; or theatrical mime to portray the tenets of Buddhist teachings. These ritual entertainments can have histories of a thousand years or more and, with such histories, some have served as the inspiration for the urban entertainments of no, kabuki and bunraku puppetry. The flow of that inspiration, however, has not always been one way. Elements taken from these urban forms could also be used to enhance the appeal of ritual dance and drama. And, in time, these urban entertainments too came to be performed in rural or regional settings and today are similarly considered folk performing arts. Professor Terence Lancashire provides a valuable introductory guide to the major performance types as understood by Japanese scholars.

A Place Called Home (The Women's West Series, Book 3)

A Place Called Home (The Women's West Series, Book 3) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Elizabeth Grayson
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When Indians kill her husband on the trail to Kentucky, Livi Talbot and her two young children bury him then continue their trek on the Wilderness Road to what David promised would be their new home. While Livi settles into the wilderness cabin David built with his own hands, Reid Campbell, David's best friend and Livi's nemesis, arrives. A wanderer who spends more time with Indians than whites, Reid produces a document stating all holdings revert to him, in the case of David's death. Reid insists Livi and the children return to Virginia, but Livi refuses. She's too far along in her pregnancy with David's last child, to travel. Summer ensues, filled with hard work, danger from Indian raids and a constant battle of wills between Livi and Reid. As winter deepens, Reid helps Livi deliver David's son. Reid knows he should gift the cabin and land to Livi and walk away, but his heart has finally found a family and a place called home. REVIEWS: "...stirs the reader's emotions. A story of a remarkable women's desire to forge her own destiny and follow her heart. A novel to remember." ~Kathe Robin Romantic Times "...keeps you reading to the exclusion of all else. This is probably the best book on the period I have ever read." ~Rendezvous "This lady can spin a tale of historical magic. She does that and more in this beautiful story of Livi Talbot and her long road to happiness." ~The Readers' Voice THE WOMEN'S WEST SERIES, in series order So Wide the Sky Color of the Wind A Place Called Home Painted by the Sun Moon on the Water Bride of the Wilderness

Honey Blood

Honey Blood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Miko Mitsuki
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When a girl at Hinata Sorazono’s school is attacked by what seems to be a bloodsucking vampire, everyone is on edge and wonders who’s next. Hinata refuses to believe that vampires even exist, but then she meets her new neighbor, Junya Tokinaga, the author of an incredibly popular vampire romance novel. Dressed in a kimono with an old-world air about him, Junya has a taste of Hinata’s blood and tells her it’s sweet... Hinata can’t help but be drawn to Junya, but could it be that he’s actually a vampire—and worse yet, the culprit behind the attacks?! -- VIZ Media

Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World

Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Miko Flohr
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This volume investigates how urban growth and prosperity transformed the cities of the Roman Mediterranean in the last centuries BCE and the fi rst centuries CE, integrating debates about Roman urban space with discourse on Roman urban history. The contributions explore how these cities developed landscapes full of civic memory and ritual, saw commercial priorities transforming the urban environment, and began to expand signifi cantly beyond their wall circuits. These interrelated developments not only changed how cities looked and could be experienced, but they also affected the functioning of the urban community and together contributed to keeping increasingly complex urban communities socially cohesive. By focusing on the transformation of urban landscapes in the Late Republican and Imperial periods, the volume adds a new, explicitly historical angle to current debates about urban space in Roman studies. Confronting archaeological and historical approaches, the volume presents developments in Italy, Africa, Greece, and Asia Minor, thus significantly broadening the geographical scope of the discussion and offering novel theoretical perspectives alongside well- documented, thematic case studies. Urban Space and Urban History in the Roman World will be of interest to anyone working on Roman urbanism or Roman history in the Late Republic and early Empire.

Japan in the 21st Century

Japan in the 21st Century Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Pradyumna P. Karan
Editor: University Press of Kentucky
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Japan in the 21st Century by Pradyumna P. Karan Summary

The ancient civilization of Japan, with its Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, is also closely associated with all that is new and modern. Looking outward, Japan sees what it has become since Hiroshima: the world's second-largest economy, a source of fury and wonder, a power without arms. Looking inward, Japan sees old ways shaken and new ones developing at a hectic pace. Japan in the Twenty-first Century offers compelling insights into the current realities of the country and investigates the crucial political, economic, demographic, and environmental challenges that face the nation. A combination of text, maps, and photographs provides an essential understanding of Japan's geography, cultural heritage, demography, economic and political development, and of many other important issues. Pradyumna P. Karan explores the obstacles and opportunities that will shape Japan and affect the world community in the coming years. He highlights strategies and policies that will facilitate economic and political change and stimulate the development of effective institutions for long-term, sustainable prosperity and economic vitality. Unique field reports drawn from direct observations of events and places in Japan illuminate Japanese traditions and sensibilities. The first full-length English-language textbook on Japan's geography, culture, politics, and economy to appear in nearly four decades, Japan in the Twenty-first Century will be a vital resource for researchers, academics, general readers, and students of Japan. Pradyumna P. Karan, professor of geography and Japan studies at the University of Kentucky, is the author or editor of numerous books on Asian geography and culture, including The Japanese City and Japan in the Bluegrass.

Journey in Search of the Way

Journey in Search of the Way Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sallie B. King
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This autobiography describes a woman's attainment of enlightenment in modern Japan. Satomi Myodo rejected the traditional roles of good wife and wise mother, broke with her unhappy past, and followed her spiritual path beginning as the disciple of a Shinto priest. At midlife she turned to Zen Buddhism encouraged by a female dharma friend and by various teachers. Under the guidance of Yasutani Roshi she attained Kensho, the goal of her lifetime's search.

Demon Love Spell, Vol. 6

Demon Love Spell, Vol. 6 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mayu Shinjo
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Shrine maiden Miko has sealed the powers of the sexy incubus Kagura, who has vowed to protect her. Kagura has been losing his powers ever since Miko’s father cast a spell to prevent Kagura and Miko from making love. The spell must be broken for Kagura to survive, but will Miko’s father relent? -- VIZ Media

Kabuki Costume

Kabuki Costume Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ruth M. Shaver
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The attire of the feudal lords and ladies of old Japan, warriors, priest, courtesans, Edo-period dandies geisha, footmen, farmers— in fact, the whole array of Kabuki's colorful characters-is discussed in fascinating detail in this Japanese Kabuki book. From kimono and armor to undergarments, from wigs to foot gear, from swords to hair garments—no aspect of costume accessories is overlooked. Textiles and textile designs, in all their profusion of weaves, colors, and patterns, are carefully taken note of, and a number of important traditional designs are illustrate. Make-up and headdress varying formats of costume for specific roles, styles of tying the obi—all are expertly described. Of the numerous books in English dealing with the Kabuki theater of Japan, none so far has devoted itself exclusively to costume. Kabuki is compelling bringing about such art forms, yet it is the costumes that create the intrinsic, eye catching spectacle. Praise for Kabuki Costume: "A product of over fourteen years of meticulous study, Shaver's unique and authoritative analysis of the labyrinthine complexities of Kabuki costumery not only provides…a valuable reference work for scholar, but also an apt introduction for anyone seeking to understand the principles of Japanese visual arts and theatrical conventions."—Choice Reviews