I was given the opportunity to recommend three books and have them put on display at the entrance to the library at Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学. The ones I chose below connect to my interests in Japan’s sixteenth century, lexicography, and post-modern theory. I don’t know whether students would be interested in any of these topics, but the works have provoked, inspired, and informed my own research.
Kanda Chisato 神田千里. Shūkyō de yomu Sengoku jidai 宗教で読む戦国時代 [The Warring States Period through religion]. Tokyo: Kōdansha Sensho Mechie 講談社選書メチエ, 2010.
Shirakawa Shizuka 白川静. Jitsū 字通 [Comprehensive character dictionary]. Tokyo: Heibonsha 平凡社, 1996.
Foucault, Michel ミシェル・フーコー. Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Modern Prison 監獄の誕生―監視と処罰. Tokyo: Shinchōsha 新潮社, 1977.