What are some good English-language resources to learn about Japanese mythology? Book recommendations are welcome, too. My interest is mostly to gain some background knowledge that would help me understand better Japanese novels or manga, in the way that knowing Greek or Norse mythology is helpful when reading Western literature.
How did audiences in Japan 9 years out of WW2 react to the extensive use of war-imagery in the original 1954 Godzilla? [more inside]
What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century? [more inside]
When did the Japanese stop eating whole-grain rice and switch to white rice? I imagine that this was a gradual move, starting with the rich and slowly filtering down to the masses, and I'd like to know, generally, when it started, and when everybody was eating white rice only.
Help me find a book on Japanese life and culture in the early part of the 20th century? [more inside]
Why were the Germans allied with the Japanese in WWII? Why were the Americans at war with the Japanese?
What are some of the most important books about Japan's role in World War II? Read on... [more inside]
I'm interested in learning about Japanese history pre-1900. What book(s) should I be reading? [more inside]