Winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2018 On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of Northeast Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. It was Japan´s greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings. He met a priest who performed exorcisms on people possessed by the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village which had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own. What really happened to the local children as they waited in the school playground in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up? Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary nonfiction, a heartbreaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe and the bleak struggle to find consolation in the ruins. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031140/bk_adbl_031140_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of the most fascinating aspects of World War II was Japan´s use of suicide pilots known around the globe as kamikazes, though the Japanese referred to them as Tokubetsu kōgekitai (´´Special Attack Units´´). Translated as ´´God Wind´´, ´´Divine Wind´´, and ´´God Spirit´´, kamikazes would sink 47 Allied vessels and damage over 300 by the end of the war, but the rise in the use of kamikaze attacks was evidence of the loss of Japan´s air superiority and its waning industrial might. This method of fighting would become more common by the time Iwo Jima was fought over in early 1945, and it was especially prevalent during the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945. The ´´privilege´´ of being selected as a kamikaze pilot played directly into the deep-seated Japanese mindset of ´´death before defeat´´. The pilot training manual assured each kamikaze candidate that when they eliminated all thoughts of life and death, fear of losing the earthly life can be easily overcome. Still, not all cases of those chosen to be kamikazes were equally noble. Recruits were trained with torturous regimens or corporal punishment, and stories of mental impairment caused by drugs or saki abound. Some were described as ´´tottering´´ and dazed, being carried to their planes by maintenance officers, and forcibly pushed in if they backed down. Pilots who could not find their targets were told to turn around and spare their own lives for another day, but if a pilot returned nine times, he was to be shot. At the moment of collision, he was instructed to keep his eyes open at all times, and to shout ´´Hissatsu´´ (´´clear kill´´). The Kamikazes chronicles the history of Japan´s famous suicide pilots and explains when, why, and how Japan resorted to their use near the end of war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stan Chandler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034713/bk_acx0_034713_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Es liegt an uns, ob Liebe ewig währt´´ Für Irina ist der neue Job ein Glücksfall. Die junge Frau soll für die Millionärin Alma Belasco als Assistentin arbeiten. Mit einem Schlag ist sie nicht nur ihre Geldsorgen los, sondern gewinnt auch eine Freundin, wie sie noch keine hatte: extravagant, überbordend, mitreißend und an die achtzig. Doch bald spürt sie, dass Alma verwundet ist. Eine Wunde, die nur vergessen scheint, wenn eines der edlen Kuverts im Postfach liegt. Aber wer schreibt Woche um Woche diese Liebesbriefe? Und von wem stammen all die Blumen? Auch um sich von den eigenen Lebenssorgen abzulenken, folgt Irina den Spuren, und es beginnt eine abenteuerliche Reise bis weit in die Vergangenheit. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Barbara Auer. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hoer/001553/bk_hoer_001553_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
Are you selling to Japanese buyers? Do you want to be more successful?To sell to Japanese buyers, you need to: - Create long-term partner-level trust or no sale - Fully understand Japanese buyers’ real needs or no sale - Convince buyers with your solutions or no sale - Overcome your Japanese buyer’s hesitation, fear, and doubt or no sale - Know how to ask for the order or no sale - Ensure re-orders and life is good This book is the product of 30 years in the trenches, experiencing real-world pain, frustration, disappointment, and elation selling to Japanese buyers. When you don’t know what you are doing, Japan is a killer for salespeople. Don’t get killed. Read this book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dr Greg Story. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dctr/000001/bk_dctr_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hayao Miyazaki is one of the world´s most respected Japanese animation filmmakers. He is known for creating compelling characters, engaging stories, and breathtaking animation, all of which have earned him international acclaim while setting box-office records. Miyazaki, who began his career in 1963 as an in-betweener for Toei Doga studio, soon found his true calling as an anime and manga artist, working on classic Japanese features and television series and writing the best-selling manga, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. In 1985, he cofounded Studio Ghibli, and in 1989, wrote and produced its breakthrough hit animated feature, Kiki´s Delivery Service. Since then, Miyazaki has directed some of the most successful and popular anime features of all time, including Howl´s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and Spirited Away, entertaining audiences around the world and raising the bar for the art of animation. Here is his complete story of becoming heralded as Japan´s premier anime storyteller. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Douglas Nelson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009637/bk_acx0_009637_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Um ihr 15-jähriges Jubiläum und die Veröffentlichung ihres Albums Timeless zu feiern, startete die bahnbrechende Klassik-Crossover-Gruppe Il Divo (Gründungsmitglieder Carlos Marin, Urs Bühler, Sebastien Izambard und David Miller) 2018 ihre Welttournee. Die neue DVD und Blu-Ray Il Divo - Timeless Live In Japan halten das magische Konzert im Budokan-Stadion in Tokio fest. Die Timeless-Tour war ein unglaubliches Fanerlebnis auf dem das neue Album und der umfangreiche Katalog von Il Divos Songinterpretationen gezeigt wurde, die auch klassische Popsongs wie ´´Regresa a Mi´´ (Unbreak My Heart), ´´Angels´´, ´´What A Wonderful World´´ oder Adeles ´´Hello´´ umfassen. Optisch wurde der Produktion mit Tänzern, Akrobaten und Videoelementen der letzte Schliff verliehen. Als Bonusmaterial ist auf der DVD sowie auf der Blu-Ray ein Interview mit der Band enthalten, das in Japan aufgenommen wurde.
The samurai are among the most iconic warriors in history. The fighting elite of feudal Japan, they have played a dominant role in the country´s life for over 1,000 years. Even today, a century and a half after the rule of the samurai has formally ended, they remain a powerful symbol of martial might, and the embodiment of the stoic warrior. Like the knights who fought in Europe during the same era, the samurai were a feudal aristocracy. Militarily, politically, socially, and economically, they were the most powerful, the most influential, and the most privileged members of society. Though not all samurai were equal in power and status, they were almost always better off than the rest of Japanese society. The word samurai, meaning ´´those who serve´´, indicates the foundation upon which their power was built. As a feudal society, medieval Japan was shaped by a hierarchy of land ownership and its associated obligations. Most samurai held their land for a more senior overlord, to whom they owed military service. That overlord owed service to his overlord, and so on up the hierarchy, which allowed the most powerful lords to raise great armies. A proud and dominant force, the collective dominance of the samurai arose from a dedication to service. Such service also created the opportunity for revolt, as a lord with enough loyal followers might try to usurp his master, and battles for land and power between competing samurai factions dominated Japanese history for centuries as a result. The wealth of the samurai not only led to their role as leaders but as a hard-hitting military elite as well, mostly because they could afford the armor, weapons, and horses that gave them an edge in battle. Supported by the labor of the people who lived on their lands, they were also able to spare the time to train for war, something for which young men of the samurai class were prepared from an early age. The Samurai: The History and Legacy of Japan’s 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D. Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106791/bk_acx0_106791_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In einem Fischerdorfe, nahe dem heutigen Yokohama lebte vor vielen, vielen Jahren ein junger Fischer namens Urashima Taro. Als er eines Abends vom Fischfang zurückkehrte und recht zufrieden und guter Dinge war, weil er gute Beute gemacht hatte, sah er am Strande eine Schar Knaben, die eine kleine Schildkröte gefangen hatten und sie an einer an einem ihrer Vorderbeine befestigten Schnur im Kreise herumschwangen und quälten. Urashima, der die Tiere gern hatte und jede Quälerei harmloser Tiere verabscheute, fühlte auch jetzt wieder Mitleid mit dem armen Tierchen und ging auf die Kinder zu. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Karlheinz Gabor. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/007278/bk_edel_007278_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
It is said that if you wish to understand something about a particular place or culture, then it is important to know every single detail about the same and that is what history helps people out in. Now, Japan is also been that major part of history having so many of those different occurrences which made it become what it is today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrea Giordani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/081673/bk_acx0_081673_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shinzo Abe is trying to restore Japanese consumer confidence by boosting inflation. But confidence must rest on something more substantive: meaningful structural reforms to reverse Japanese companies´ lagging competitiveness. Otherwise, any temporary economic boost will soon give way to disillusion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Stillwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/peri/000017/pe_peri_000017_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Without bothering to get approval from the President, the State Department, or even the FTC, Dave Barry´s publishers sent him to Tokyo. You´d think they would have known better. Now the word is Barry has set back our diplomatic relations with the whole Pacific Rim by a couple of decades. Japanese culture, dining, sport, and industry all come under Barry´s relentless scrutiny. So if you think President Bush committed a social gaffe by losing his composure and his lunch in front of the Japanese Prime Minister, wait until you hear Barry´s commentaries. And if you´re planning a trip to Japan, don´t leave home without Barry´s pearls of wisdom about the mysterious East. This complete, unabridged recording is read by Arte Johnson. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arte Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dove/001047/bk_dove_001047_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Exotic, entertaining . . . [an] exceptional first novel.” (San Francisco Chronicle) The year is 1861. After two centuries of isolation, Japan has opened its doors to the West. And as foreign ships threaten to rain destruction on the Shogun’s castle in Edo, a small group of American missionaries has arrived to spread the word of their God. They have yet to realize that their future in Japan has already been foreseen. For a young nobleman has dreamt that his life will be saved by an outsider in the New Year . . . and it is said that Lord Genji has the gift of prophecy. What happens next - when the handsome lord meets an appa rently reformed gunslinger and a woman in flight from her own destructive beauty - sets the stage for a remarkable adventure. For as this unlikely band embarks on a journey through a landscape bristling with danger, East and West, flesh and spirit, past and future, collide in ways no one - least of all Genji - could have imagined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Rifkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/007172/bk_rand_007172_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.