• The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course

    • Andrew Scott Conning
    • Foreword by Jack Halpern

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course is an innovative and highly effective system for learning and remembering kanji, or Sino-Japanese characters. The book contains 2,300 character entries, including all 2,136 Joyo Kanji... Read more

  • The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary

    The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary

    • Jack Halpern

    The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary—a revised, expanded edition of Jack Halpern’s groundbreaking New Japanese-English Character Dictionary—is the most in-depth, linguistically accurate, and up-to-date dictionary of its kind. The... Read more

  • The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary

    • Jack Halpern

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary has long been considered one of the most authoritative and user-friendly reference works available to Japanese language students. Now, in its updated edition, this best-selling kanji... Read more

  • Hi, Konnichiwa

    Hi, Konnichiwa

    • Yayoi Kusama

    Japanese painter, sculptor, writer, installation and performance artist Yayoi Kusama has been in the vanguard of contemporary art for sixty years. Best known for her use of patterns of dots (which she claims evolved from the... Read more

  • Sword Techniques of Musashi and the Other Samurai Masters

    Sword Techniques of Musashi and the Other Samurai Masters

    • Fumon Tanaka

    In his eye-opening new book, author Fumon Tanaka uses the life and accomplishments of sword master Miyamoto Musashi to look at the history of swords and sword fighting, and to discuss their role in Japanese history and in... Read more

  • Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts

    Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts

    • David A. Hall

    David A. Hall, one of today’s leading experts on Japanese combative culture, combines hands-on experience in a wide variety of martial traditions with an academic and religious background to produce this landmark work. The... Read more

  • Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars

    Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars

    • Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt

    This gorgeous volume offers readers everything they need to know to capture, in paper, the perfect geometry and delicate beauty of snowflakes, sunbursts, and stars.  Ayako Brodek (Origami and Kirigami) and Shannon Voigt... Read more

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Jack Halpern is the CEO of the CJK Dictionary Institute in Japan, which specializes in the compilation of CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and Arabic lexical databases and is one of the world’s prime sources of CJK dictionaries. A lexicographer by profession, Halpern spent sixteen years compiling the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary published in the U.S. by NTC/McGraw-Hill in 1994. As a research fellow at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, he was the editor-in-chief of several kanji dictionaries for learners, which have become standard reference works. Halpern has published over twenty books, including The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary: Revised and Expanded and The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary as well as numerous articles. He has given over 600 public lectures on Japanese language and culture, and presented several dozen papers at international conferences. Jack Halpern has lived in Japan for over 30 years. He was born in Germany and lived in six countries including France, Brazil, and the U.S. An avid polyglot, he has studied fifteen languages (fluent in ten). - See more at: http://www.kodanshausa.com/books/9781568364087/#sthash.OqcK8Jan.dpuf


Follow a revered spiritual master on the path to self-awareness, truth, and world peace.

In THE ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT, Yogmata Keiko Aikawa recounts her experiences and shares the wisdom she’s gained from her forty-five-year study of yoga, meditation, and healing arts.

Aikawa became interested in yoga as teenager in Japan, and studied in India, the U.S., and other Western countries. In 1984, she met the famous Himalayan sage Pilot Baba and his teacher, Great Master Hari Baba. Under their guidance, she embarked on a rigorous training program high up in the mountains, where she achieved samadhi, transcending body, mind, and spirit to realize the ultimate state of consciousness.

Yogmata Aikawa tells her story simply, with many anecdotes and personal observations.  She explains her philosophy clearly, making it understandable to anyone seeking answers to such questions as: “What is meditation?” “What is mind?” “What is enlightenment?” and “What is real happiness?”

To find out more about THE ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT and our other books on Eastern religion and spirituality, go to http://www.kodanshausa.com/categories/oriental-philosophy-religion-spirituality/

  • The Road to Enlightenment

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    The Road to Enlightenment

    • Yogmata Keiko Aikawa
    • Introduction by Mahayogi Pilot Baba

    In The Road to Enlightenment, Yogmata Keiko Aikawa shares her own experiences and the wisdom she’s gained from her forty-five-year study of yoga, meditation, and healing arts. Her hope is that readers will find answers to... Read more

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