Across Asia On A Bicycle

Across Asia On A Bicycle

Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben

In 1890, two American college graduates set out to travel around the world on a then-new invention, the bicycle. In 1893 they returned, having covered over 15,000 miles, at that time the “longest continuous land journey ever made around the world.” This is their account of the trip across Turkey, Persia, Turkestan and northern China.

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Aino Folk Tales

Aino Folk Tales

Basil Hall Chamberlain

The Ainu are an ethnic minority in Japan, living primarily on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaidō. This is a collection of tales from their culture. Stories include, The Loves of the Thunder-Gods, Why Dogs cannot speak, The Owl and the Tortoise, The Man who Married the Bear-Goddess, The Man who was changed into a Fox, and The Rat Boy.

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The Amazons

The Amazons

Guy Cadogan Rothery

Fully illustrated. The legend of the Amazons is amazingly consistent across three continents, even though actual documentary proof seems elusive. In particular, the Athenians were most insistent about the historical reality of a nation of all-women warriors; their legends described a prehistoric conflict with the Amazons as one of their finest hours. Although later the Amazons became just another map-filling…

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The Analects

The Analects

Confucius

The Analects, or Lunyu, also known as the Analects of Confucius, is the collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius and his contemporaries, traditionally believed to have been written by Confucius’ followers. It is believed to have been written during the Warring States period (475 BC–221 BC), and it achieved its final form during the mid-Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD)…

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Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan

Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan

Richard Gordon Smith

With 62 color illustrations. This is a collection of 57 historical legends and folktales from Japan. Nearly all of them are set in a well-defined time and place, instead of ‘once upon a time.’ Themes include ghosts; unrequited love across social boundaries; Shinto landscape, tree and ocean spirits; and tales driven by Bushido and Buddhist ethics. Chapters include: The Golden Hairpin; The Spirit Of The Willow Tree…

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The Art of War

The Art of War

Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War, the oldest military treatise in the world, translated from the Chinese, with introduction and critical notes by Lionel Giles. Chapters; Laying Plans, Waging War, Attack By Stratagem, Tactical Dispositions, Energy, Weak Points And Strong, Maneuvering, Variation In Tactics, The Army On The March, Terrain, The Nine Situations, The Attack By Fire and The Use Of Spies.

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Book of Odes

Book of Odes

Confucius

The Shih-ching, translated variously as the Book of Songs, Book of Odes, or simply known as the Odes or Poetry is the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry, comprising 305 works dating from the 11th to 7th centuries BC. It is one of the “Five Classics” traditionally said to have been compiled by Confucius. This is a selection which appeared in the Wisdom of the East series.

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The Book of Tea

The Book of Tea

Okakura Kakuzo

The Book of Tea is a long essay linking the role of tea (teaism) to the aesthetic and cultural aspects of Japanese life. Addressed to a western audience, it was originally written in English and is one of the great English tea classics.

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Bushido, The Soul of Japan

Bushido, The Soul of Japan

Inazo Nitobe

Bushido: The Soul of Japan written by Inazo Nitobe is, along with the classic text Hagakure by Tsunetomo Yamamoto, a study of the way of the samurai. A best-seller in its day, it was read by many influential foreigners, among them President Theodore Roosevelt, President John F. Kennedy and Robert Baden-Powell. It may well have shaped Baden-Powell’s ideas on the Boy Scout movement he founded.

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The Canon of Reason and Virtue

The Canon of Reason and Virtue

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki and Paul Carus

From the Foreword: ‘This booklet, The Canon of Reason and Virtue, is an extract from the author’s larger work, Lao-Tze’s Tao Teh King, and has been published for the purpose of making our reading public more familiar with that grand and imposing figure Li Er, who was honored with the posthumous title Poh-Yang, i. e., Prince Positive (representing the male or strong principle); but whom his countrymen…

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China and the Manchus

China and the Manchus

Herbert A. Giles

China and the Manchus by Herbert A. Giles was first published as part of the Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature series. The volume presents a historical account of the Manchu people and the Qing Dynasty.

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Chinese Occultism

Chinese Occultism

Paul Carus

This is an extended excerpt from a collection of essays by Paul Carus on Chinese topics. Carus discusses the I Ching and other methods of divination, the five Chinese elements (water, fire, wood, metal and earth); the Chinese Zodiac, Fung-shui, the Lo-pan, the Chinese invention of the magnetic compass, and the personification of constellations. He gives ancient near eastern parallels, and proposes…

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The Ethics of Confucius

The Ethics of Confucius

Miles Menander Dawson

This is a study of the ethical system presented in the Confucian texts, organized by topics, such as What Constitutes The Superior Man, Self-Development, General Human Relations, The Family, The State, Cultivation Of The Fine Arts, and Universal Relations.

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Feng Shui

Feng Shui

Ernest J. Eitel

This is a short work on Feng Shui. Feng Shui is an ancient form of geomancy, with roots in Animism, Taoism and Confucianism. Chapters in this book include, The Laws Of Nature, The Numerical Proportions Of Nature, The Breath Of Nature, The Forms And Outlines Of Nature, and The History And Literature Of Feng-Shui.

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