The University of Hawaii Press has a long tradition of strong, Japan-related, publications. Several recent and forthcoming titles maintain this tradition. The Material Culture of Death in Medieval Japan by Karen M. Gerhart (published July 2009) is the first book in English to explore the ways medieval Japanese sought to overcome their sense of powerlessness regarding death.
Of related interest is Satsuki Kawano’s forthcoming title Nature’s Embrace: Japan’s Aging Urbanites and New Death Rites, to be released in February 2010.
Making a Moral State: Ethics and the State in Meiji Japan by Richard M. Reitan will be released in December 2009. This book explores the struggles to define a common morality in the emerging nation-state of Meiji era Japan.
These are just a sampling of the titles being released by UH Press in the coming months. Visit their blog for more information.