The story of the samurai who fought the rise of modern Japan to the end - and who, when all else failed, founded his own nation-state.
When Japan found itself in desperate straits in 1943, it used the one untapped resource it had left: its college youth. A former soldier tells how he survived - and the permanent damage it etched into his soul.
How a mysterious frontier island peopled by "barbarians" became one of the four main islands of Japan - and how the original inhabitants suffered as a result.
In an age when women had few rights, Ichikawa Fusae fought for hers - and used her hard won career to give a voice to the voiceless.
How the Allied Occupation plunged Japan into a national Five Stages of Grief - and how it permanently changed Japanese society and government.