Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto

By Victoria Abbott Riccardi

Two years out of school and with a level from Le sous-chef in Paris, Victoria Riccardi left a boyfriend, a rent-controlled big apple urban residence, and a plum activity in ads to maneuver to Kyoto to check kaiseki, the exquisitely subtle kind of cooking that accompanies the formal jap tea rite. She arrived in Kyoto, a urban she had dreamed approximately yet by no means visible, with baggage, an open-ended aircraft price tag, and the power to talk merely sushi-bar jap. She left a 12 months later, having realized the language, the artwork of kaiseki, and what used to be really vital to her.
Like flower arranging or calligraphy, kaiseki is an age-old eastern paintings shape. it all started as a modest vegetarian meal that Buddhist clergymen ate in Kyoto’s Zen temples after which built right into a hugely symbolic eastern ritual. via specified introductions and private favors, Victoria was once capable of attend one in every of Kyoto’s so much prestigious tea colleges, the place this paintings has been preserved for generations and the place she used to be taken below the wing of an American expatriate who turned her kaiseki mentor. As a first-hand player in kaiseki foodstuff and tea ceremonies, she saw the hugely choreographed rituals of this outstanding culinary self-discipline, soaking up the sweetness and subtlety of its myriad information and symbolic gestures.
During her 12 months in Kyoto, Victoria explored the mysterious and rarefied global of tea kaiseki, dwelling a lifestyles inaccessible to so much foreigners. She befriended a jap couple, instructing English at their home-based language college and finally relocating in with them. She spent numerous hours together with her kaiseki mentor and his associate cooking of their old jap condominium. ultimately, she even struck up a friendship with a monk while she spent numerous nights at a secluded Buddhist temple.
She additionally came upon the beguiling realm of modern day jap food—the eating places, uniqueness retailers, and supermarkets. She participated in lots of fast-disappearing culinary customs, together with making mochi (chewy rice brownies) by way of hand, a cherished kin ritual slightly surviving in a mechanized age. She celebrated the yearly detoxing rites of recent Year’s, wearing an difficult kimono and obi for a thirty-four-course extravaganza. In her ebook, she contains twenty-five recipes for favourite dishes she encountered, similar to poultry and Egg Rice Bowl, jap red meat and Vegetable Hotpot, and Green-Tea Cooked Salmon Over Rice.
Untangling My Chopsticks is a luxurious trip into the tastes, traditions, and unique undercurrents of Japan. it's also a coming-of-age story steeped in background and historical customs, a considerate meditation on lifestyles, love, and studying in one other land.

Show description

Korea, the Divided Nation (Praeger Security International)

Following its liberation from eastern colonialism, on the finish of WWII, Korea used to be divided into separate international locations. as the Korean state loved a protracted dynastic historical past, its postwar partition used to be quite hectic. the resultant chilly conflict years spawned the Korean conflict and next a long time of strained inter-Korean kinfolk and tensions within the area surrounding the peninsula. This quantity offers readers who're unexpected with Korea's historical past perception into how Korea grew to become a divided country engulfed in overseas geopolitical tensions, offering professional research of this rendered nation's history, smooth conditions, and destiny prospects.

The Korean peninsula in Northeast Asia is domestic to a rustic that used to be divided on the finish of the second one international warfare after its liberation from jap colonialism. as the Korean country loved an extended dynastic historical past, its postwar partition used to be really nerve-racking. the consequent chilly conflict years quickly spawned a really sizzling Korean conflict and next many years of strained inter-Korean family members and tensions within the area surrounding the peninsula. This quantity offers readers who're strange with Korea's history with perception into how Korea grew to become a divided kingdom engulfed in foreign geopolitical tensions, delivering specialist research of this rendered nation's historical past, sleek conditions, and destiny prospects.

After a survey of Korea's geographic environment and ancient legacy, Olsen information the conditions of Korea's liberation and next department. Drawing on that history, he analyzes the evolution of either South Korea and North Korea as separate states, surveying the politics, economics, and international coverage of every. What are the major matters for every nation from a global standpoint? What are the customers for reuniting the 2 into one state? What demanding situations could a united Korea be prone to face? Olsen determines that balance in Korea is key to destiny peace within the sector. He concludes winning movement towards unification is how you can unravel concerns attached to North Korea's nuclear agenda.

Show description

Bangkok 8: A Novel

By John Burdett

A mystery with perspective to spare, Bangkok 8 is a lovely, razor-edged, frequently darkly hilarious novel set in a single of the world’s so much unique cities.

Witnessed through a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered lower than a Bangkok bridge within a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. one of the witnesses are the single police officers within the urban now not at the take, yet inside moments one is murdered and his associate, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a religious Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar woman and a long-gone Vietnam conflict G.I.—is hell-bent on wreaking revenge. On a vigilante project to seize his partner’s assassin, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a gorgeous FBI agent named Jones and captures her middle within the approach. In a urban fueled by means of illicit medicinal drugs and limitless corruption, prostitution and valuable artwork, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him right into a international even more sinister than he may have ever imagined.

Show description

Granta 112: Pakistan (Granta: The Magazine of New Writing)

By John Freeman

Brought into nationhood below the auspices of a unmarried faith, yet wracked with deep separatist fissures and the destabilizing forces of ongoing conflicts in Iran, Afghanistan and Kashmir, Pakistan is without doubt one of the such a lot dynamic locations on the planet at the present time. it's also on the vanguard of a literary renaissance.

From the writers who're dwelling outdoors of the rustic – Daniyal Muenuddin, Kamila Shamsie and Nadeem Aslam to these going again – Mohsin Hamid and Mohammed Hanif – to those that live there and writing in Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Baluchi and English, like Declan Walsh, it is a startling chance to convey a thrilling array of voices into one volume.

Granta 112: Pakistan will grab this second, bringing to existence the panorama and tradition of the rustic in fiction, reportage, memoir, travelogue and poetry. just like the magazine's matters on India and Australia, it is going to be a watershed second severely and an opportunity to rejoice the corona of expertise which has burst onto the English-language publishing global in recent times.

Show description

Balinese Textiles

By Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin, Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff, Urs Ramseyer

Originally released in 1991, in organization with the Museum der Kulturen, Basel.
This electronic variation released 2012

In this superbly illustrated publication, 3 specialists study the historical past, construction and makes use of of textiles in Balinese society. Many high quality items are offered, their uncooked fabrics and techniques of weaving and dyeing are defined, and the complicated symbolism and formality services of every are defined intimately.

Show description

East Asia's Economic Integration: Progress and Benefit (Ide-Jetro Series)

By Daisuke Hiratsuka

FTAs are proliferating in East Asia. This proliferation turns into a origin for the region's monetary integration at the one hand, yet also will result in the "spaghetti (or noodle) ball syndrome," as a result of a mix of various principles corresponding to ideas of beginning. furthermore, the necessity for plenty of strategies and records, in addition to customized clearance at borders for highway transportation, consumes nice time and prices, resulting in excessive transportation expenditures. there are various concerns to handle in an effort to reach extra financial integration. This ebook explores the present country and course of financial integration in East Asia and examines how fiscal integration can let each one economic climate to learn both.

Show description

Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power (The Princeton-China Series)

The upward push of China may be the most vital political improvement of the twenty-first century. what's going to China appear like sooner or later? What may still it seem like? And what is going to China's upward push suggest for the remainder of global? This publication, written via China's such a lot influential international coverage philosopher, units out a imaginative and prescient for the arriving a long time from China's aspect of view.

In the West, Yan Xuetong is frequently considered as a hawkish coverage consultant and enemy of liberal internationalists. yet a truly various photo emerges from this booklet, as Yan examines the teachings of old chinese language political idea for the way forward for China and the advance of a "Beijing consensus" in diplomacy. Yan, it turns into transparent, is neither a communist who believes that monetary may well is the foremost to nationwide strength, nor a neoconservative who believes that China should still depend upon army could to get its manner. relatively, Yan argues, political management is the main to nationwide strength, and morality is an important a part of political management. financial and army could are vital parts of nationwide energy, yet they're secondary to political leaders who act in line with ethical norms, and a similar holds actual in picking the hierarchy of the worldwide order.

Providing new insights into the contemplating one in all China's best international coverage figures, this e-book may be crucial analyzing for a person drawn to China's upward push or in foreign relations.

In a brand new preface, Yan displays on his arguments in mild of contemporary advancements in chinese language international coverage, together with the choice of a brand new chief in 2012.

Show description

Himalayan Wonderland: Travels in Lahaul and Spiti

By Manohar Singh Gill

With sixteen black and white and eight color illustrations in the summertime of 1962, a stressed younger Indian administrator, Manohar Singh Gill, made an exhausting trip from the north Indian plains to the farthest reaches of the Indian Himalayas the Lahaul and Spiti valleys and spent a 12 months there, residing and dealing among the folk. Gill went directly to a unique profession within the civil prone and govt, yet his adventure of the relentless great thing about those amazing Himalayan deserts and the generosity of the folks of this land replaced him for all times. half memoir, half go back and forth booklet and half anthropology, Himalayan Wonderland is a witty, opinionated account of Gill s lifelong affair with this remarkable zone. The booklet, besides the fact that, is way a couple of guy s account of a spot ... it's a hopeful and enlightening view of the perform of management and the enjoyment of operating with humans. Illustrated with greater than 40 photos taken by way of Gill himself, and together with distinctive contour maps and knowledge on hiking routes in Lahaul and Spiti, this can be a remarkably illuminating and available account of this far flung land from the Sixties, whilst few knew concerning the position, to this day s unpredictable global of receding glaciers and misplaced cultures.

Show description

A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia

By Aaron L. Friedberg

An explosive exam of the fast-escalating Sino-American fight for geopolitical predominance.

there's no denying China's turning out to be financial energy, yet its impression at the worldwide stability of energy is still hotly contested. Political scientist Aaron L. Friedberg argues that our nation's leaders are failing to behave expeditiously sufficient to counter China's becoming power. He explains how the USA and China outline their ambitions and divulges the thoughts every one is now utilising to accomplish its ends. Friedberg demonstrates during this provocative e-book that the final word goal of chinese language policymakers is to "win with out fighting," displacing the us because the best energy in Asia whereas keeping off direct disagreement. the U.S., nonetheless, sends deceptive indications approximately our commitments and get to the bottom of, placing us in danger for a struggle that will in a different way were kept away from. A much-needed serious warning call to U.S. leaders and policymakers, A Contest for Supremacy is a compelling interpretation of a contention that might pass a ways to figure out the form of the twenty-first century.

Show description

Fighting Ships of the Far East, Volume 2: Japan and Korea, AD 612-1639

By Stephen Turnbull

Over the centuries, naval family among Japan and Korea seem to have alternated among peaceable alternate and outright hostility. even if, this effect should be deceptive, as a lot of what handed for mercantile task used to be actually performed via eastern pirate fleets, who pillaged the coasts of Korea and China in a lasting culture that culminated within the maximum pirate raid of all: Hideyoshi's invasion of Korea in 1592. This was once the clash that concerned Ming China and nearly dragged in Siam. It additionally resulted in Korea constructing East Asia's most famed warship: the mythical turtle send, that's defined for the 1st time in complete technical aspect during this e-book.

Show description

1 2 3 4 19