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Lammers, Wayne P. 1951-

Works: 26 works in 116 publications in 2 languages and 4,168 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Science fiction  Short stories  Frame stories  Romance fiction  Personal narratives‡vJapanese  Comic books, strips, etc 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Wayne P Lammers
Taken captive : a Japanese POW's story by Shōhei Ōoka( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On January 25, 1945, Private Ooka Shohei of the Japanese Imperial Army was captured by American forces in the Philippines. Near death from starvation and acute malaria, he was nursed back to health by his captors and shipped off to a POW camp. Taken Captive is his powerful and poignant account of life as a prisoner of war. Long regarded as a literary classic in Japan, this extraordinary memoir is appearing in English for the first time." "There are no epic battles or grand scale heroics. This is an intimate, gripping, and ultimately enlightening true story of a sophisticated, middle-aged scholar thrown into a primitive struggle for survival. It is filled with moments of sublime ordinariness - prisoners passing time by playing "20 Questions"--And heartstopping encounters - a lone soldier decides whether or not to shoot an unsuspecting enemy soldier." "The harsh conditions, the daily routines that occupy a prisoner's time, and above all, the psychological struggles and behavioral quirks of captives forced to live in close confinement are conveyed with devastating simplicity and candor. Throughout, the author constantly probes his own conscience, questioning motivations and decisions. What emerges is a multileveled portrait of an individual determined to retain his humanity in an uncivilized environment."--Jacket
Woman on the other shore by Mitsuyo Kakuta( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story about two thirty-five year old women - one a housewife and mother, and the other an unmarried company president - and their unlikely friendship
Strangers by Taichi Yamada( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When jaded 48-year-old scriptwriter Harada visits Tokyo's old entertainment district where he grew up, he encounters a likeable working man who is the spitting image of his dead father. Lonely, nostalgic, and willing to believe the unbelievable, Harada follows the mysterious man, embarking on a bittersweet journey into the womb of a city whose living inhabitants have perhaps changed too rapidly and lost their souls." "While the visits to his parents seem invigorating to Harada, his beautiful and strangely vulnerable neighbor Kei insists that he stop seeing them for his own good. A battle for the soul - Harada's, a tired city's - ensues in this thinking man's ghost story."--Jacket
Undercurrents : episodes from a life on the edge by Shintarō Ishihara( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shintaro Ishihara has assembled forty episodes from an active life that represent the times he felt he was most alive. And most of these reminiscences involve two passions: sailing and scuba diving."--Jacket
Japanese the manga way : an illustrated guide to grammar & structure by Wayne P Lammers( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japanese difficult? Study boring? Not if you use a "real manga, a real Japanese" approach to learning
The shadow of a blue cat : a novel by Naoyuki Ii( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Businessman Yuki Yajima is fifty-one years old. He and his wife, Asako, are the parents of two daughters: Ryo, seventeen, and Yuka, an infant of only two months. Asking himself why he's allowed himself to become a father again at his age, Yuki begins to remember his uncle, who died quite young--younger, indeed than Yuki is now. Thinking of this man, whom the young Yuki idolized, and who first introduced the boy to authors like Kenzaburo Oe and the Marquis de Sade, serves as a strange tipping point: allowing a sense of chaos and complexity back into his otherwise well-heeled life. A rare work of fiction focused simply on a man of integrity, The Shadow of a Blue Cat meticulously renders his life and opinions as Yuki tries to find a middle path between the radicalism of his uncle's life and the quiet bourgeois home he's worked so hard to build
Evening clouds by Junzō Shōno( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A "snapshot" of daily life in 1960s Tokyo
Mandala road by Masako Bandō( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two generations of the Nonezawa family--Asafumi and his wife Shizuka, and Asafumi's grandfather Rentarō and his Malayan lover Saya--are connected across the years by the mysterious Mandala Road, which simultaneously casts Asafumi and Rentarō from their respective ages into a haunting post-apocalyptic world. As becomes apparent, Asafumi, Rentarō, Saya, and Shizuka are all, in their own way, on a private journey to discover and reconcile themselves with their memories of violence, both seen and experienced, as they learn to live with a past that seems always to be too close behind them."--Back cover
Punk samurai slash down by Kō Machida( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glimpsing an elderly man leading his blind daughter on a pilgrimage, Junoshin Kakiri, a 'ronin' or freelance samurai, swiftly kills him with a sword. Asked why he murdered such an innocent, Junoshin shares his concerns about the growing 'Harahuhi Tou' (Belly-shaking Party) cult to which the man was devoted, a fear which rapidly spreads through the Kuroae clan. Shuzen Oura, the warlike leader of half this kingdom, soon hires Junoshin to destroy the cult but his studious power rival, Tatewaki Naito, cunningly pays the mercenary samurai to usurp Oura on his behalf. Set in Edo-period Japan, 'Punk Samurai Slash Down' follows the power struggles which entangle Junoshin within the Kuroae clan, polarizing the kingdom between an academic leader unable to fight and an unlearned martial arts expert
The tale of Matsura : Fujiwara Teika's experiment in fiction by Sadaie Fujiwara( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fujiwara Teika is known among students of Japanese literature as the premier poet and literary scholar of the early thirteenth century. It is not so widely known that he also tried his hand at fiction: Mumyozoshi ("Untitled Leaves"; ca. 1201) refers to "several works" by Teika and then names Matsura no miya monogatari ("The Tale of Matsura"; ca. 1190) as the only one that can be considered successful. The work is here translated in full, with annotation."--BOOK JACKET. "Set in the pre-Nara period, "The Tale of Matsura" is the story of a young Japanese courtier, Ujitada, who is sent to China with an embassy and has a number of supernatural experiences while there. In the first part of his sojourn, he learns the secrets of the zither from a princess with mystical powers. In the next part, he quells a violent rebellion against the Chinese throne with the help of the god of Sumiyoshi, who appears out of nowhere in the form of eight phantom warriors. In the final part of his stay, Ujitada has a dreamlike love affair with a mysterious lady who, among other things, vanishes into thin air even while he is holding her tightly in his embrace. The mysterious lady eventually reveals herself to be the empress dowager, de facto ruler of China since the end of the rebellion. The story ends with Ujitada's return to Japan."--BOOK JACKET. "Affairs of the heart dominate "The Tale of Matsura," as is standard for courtly tales. Several of its other features break the usual mold, however: its time and setting; the military episode that would seem to belong instead in a war tale; scenes depicting the sovereign's daily audiences, in which formal court business is conducted; a substantial degree of specificity in referring to things Chinese; a heavy reliance on fantastic and supernatural elements; an obvious effort to avoid imitating The Tale of Genji as other late-Heian tales had done; and a most inventive ending. The discussion in the introduction briefly touches upon each of these features, and then focuses at some length on how characteristics associated with the poetic ideal of yoen inform the tale. Evidence relating to the date and authorship of the tale is explored in two appendixes."--BOOK JACKET
Spinning tropics : a novel by Aska Mochizuki( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Yun becomes one of Hiro's students, they are instantly drawn to each other. Hiro is a young Japanese woman who has recently moved to Vietnam to be a language teacher, and Yun is a shy, young Vietnamese woman studying Japanese, determined to make a better life for herself. For both of them, it is their first time in love with another woman. But when a businessman befriends Hiro, Yun grows jealous, and a complicated love triangle forms
Japanese A-bomb literature : an annotated bibliography by Wayne P Lammers( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enku : itinerant priest and sculptor by Machiko Satonaka( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Still life and other stories by Junzō Shōno( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This first translation into English of a penetrating collection of stories by one of Japan's preeminent postwar writers focuses on the small events and revelations of domestic life. In one story, a straying young husband and his unhappy wife attempt to construct their lives around the growing void between them. Another tells of a bureaucrat fired from his job for embezzlement who still leaves the house every day so his children won't know about his predicament. The other 11 pieces form a sort of novella dealing exclusively with the Yomogida family. Shono is particularly adept at capturing clos
A poetic ideal in a narrative context: Fujiwara Teika and the tale of Matsura (Matsura no miya monogatari) by Wayne P Lammers( Book )

3 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tale of Matsura : Fujiwara Teika's experiment in fiction by Sadaie Fujiwara( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher Columbus : the merchant adventurer by Kensaku Saguchi( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The true seafaring tale of Christopher Columbus, the merchant adventurer from Genoa, Italy, whose desire for fame and fortune led to his accidental discovery of a new continent in 1492. Although best remembered as an explorer, Columbus was also an ambitious businessman. This biography recounts his dramatic life, with descriptions of his four voyages to the New World and back
Taken captive : a Japanese POW's story by Shōhei Ōoka( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Before the good old days : an analysis of an original musical comedy, music by Worth Gardner, original concept and lyrics by Wayne Lammers by Wayne P Lammers( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A poetic ideal in a narrative context: fujiwara teika and "the tale of matsura" ("matsura no miya monogatari"). (volumes i and ii) by Wayne P Lammers( )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

It in several ways. The study finds that the evidence converges upon Teika with a consistency rarely encountered in investigations of this nature, and concludes that he must indeed have been the author of the tale
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Woman on the other shoreStrangersUndercurrents : episodes from a life on the edgeJapanese the manga way : an illustrated guide to grammar & structureThe shadow of a blue cat : a novelEvening cloudsSpinning tropics : a novelStill life and other storiesTaken captive : a Japanese POW's story
Alternative Names
Lammers, Wayne

Ramāzu, Wein 1951-

ラマーズ, ウェイン

ラマーズ, ウェイン (*) 1951-

English (109)

Japanese (1)