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Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan--and Japan to the West Hardcover – December 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611720095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611720099
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] fascinating narrative . . . In chronicling Risley's checkered and colorful career, Schodt illuminates the rivalries and precariousness of the circus business and portrays vividly this early encounter between Japan and the West." (Recommended for all readers). —Choice, April 2013

"An intriguing look at international relations, culture, the circus, and its effects on the modern day, 'Professor Risley' is a must for anyone seeking an original and offbeat take on history, highly recommended."—Midwest Book Review

"Pick up Schodt's latest book and move well beyond a study of Japanese culture. Schodt takes us all around the world of 19th-century entertainment: the competition, the disdain, the copycats and the triumphs. It's a captivating story about a pioneer in international entertainment."—The Japan Times

"If you have any interest in Japanese history -- whatsoever -- pick up this book. Schodt knocked this title out of the park. It's a real page-turner, and that's saying a lot when dealing with a history book."— Japanator blog

About the Author

Frederik L. Schodt: Frederik L. Schodt is a translator and author of numerous books about Japan, including The Astro-Boy Essays, Dreamland Japan, Native American in the Land of the Shogun, and The Four Immigrants Manga. He often served as Osamu Tezuka’s English interpreter. In 2009 he received the The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture.

Frederik L. Schodt is an award-winning author of multiple books on the interplay of Japanese and American culture, with an emphasis on popular culture and on unique individuals who have made unusual cross-cultural contributions.

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Frederik L. Schodt is a writer, translator, and conference interpreter based in the San Francisco Bay area. He has written widely on Japanese history, popular culture, and technology. His writings on manga, and his translations of them, helped trigger the current popularity of Japanese comics in the English-speaking world, and in 2000 resulted in his being awarded the Special Category of the Asahi Shimbun's prestigious Osamu Tezuka Culture Award. In the same year, his translation of Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's 1931 pioneering graphic novel,_The Four Immigrants Manga_, was selected as a finalist in Pen West USA translation award. In 2009, Fred was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his work in helping to promote Japan's popular culture overseas. Also, in the same year he was awarded the "Special" category of the Ministry of Foreign Affair's 3rd International Manga Award.

Fred's WEBSITE-- http://www.jai2.com | TALKS-- http://www.jai2.com/ABE_Talks.htm | BIBLIOGRAPHY-- http://www.jai2.com/Mybiblio.htm

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This is one of the best-written non-fiction books I've ever read.
Harm van der Laan
I was interested in reading the book for that reason, but also because I happen to have an interest in Japanese history as well as in the performing arts.
Ash Brown
Frederik Schodt's books are always a treat to read, deeply researched yet engagingly written.
Matthew Alt

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Alt on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Frederik Schodt's books are always a treat to read, deeply researched yet engagingly written. This detailed and actually quite moving account of "Professor" Risley, a 19th century performer-adventurer, sheds light on a group of talented individuals who have remained in the shadows for far too long. Risley's troupe represented the first time many Americans and Europeans ever saw Japanese people or heard Japanese music, and it is a shame that their contributions have been forgotten for so long. This book is an absolutely fascinating window into a little-known chapter from the very beginnings of the relationship between the US and Japan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ash Brown on January 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan--and Japan to the West was written by Frederik L. Schodt and published by Stone Bridge Press in 2012. It is Schodt's seventh book dealing with Japanese culture and history. I am primarily familiar with Schodt's work as a manga and anime scholar and translator, but as can be seen with Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe and several of his other books, his knowledge and interests extend to other subject areas as well. I first learned about Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe because I follow Schodt's work in general. I was interested in reading the book for that reason, but also because I happen to have an interest in Japanese history as well as in the performing arts.

After a brief preface explaining how he came to write the book, Schodt launches into the main text of Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe. The first chapter, or "act," is appropriately titled "Setting the Stage" and provides the necessary background and historical context for the book. The next three acts--"The Risley Act," "Going for Gold," and "Into Asia"--explore the life of Professor Risley, the stage name of American showman Richard Risley Carlisle. Acts five through nine--"Yokohama, Japan," "Taking America," "At the Exposition," "The Long Way to London," and "The Matter of the Contract"--follow the formation of the Imperial Japanese Troupe and their nearly two-and-a- half-year tour of seven countries: the United States, France, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal. Act ten, "Final Acts" traces the end of Professor Risley and the troupe and their lasting influence. The book is completed with an afterword, notes, select bibliography, and a thorough index.
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By Richard D. Provost on February 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Everyone knows that feeling when you discover a new song, food, wine or film. It stays with you after you’re finished; then you savor the experience again and again… relishing the satisfaction of discovering a treasure.

The story of Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe is just that: It opens a window to a forgotten time in history – 19th century popular entertainment as vivid and astonishing to audiences then as 3D CGI is to us today. But it’s all the more amazing because the illusions and feats of gravity-defying athleticism were performed by real humans in real time.

But this is also a fascinating, in-depth story about real humans who have not been recognized in the history books: The conniving and brilliant entrepreneurs who chose less-than-reputable careers; the extraordinary Japanese athletes who spent years traveling around the globe, far away from a homeland that had only recently allowed their citizens to travel abroad; the long and remarkable career of Professor Risley – a classic American story of the self-made man. The fact that he was once world-famous, yet is unheard of today, makes me wonder what other historical treasures are buried.

Frederik Schodt’s book is just simply a fun read. It didn’t take too many chapters before I thought, “This would make such a great movie!” It’s an absolutely original story, ripe for snatching up by some savvy Hollywood agent or producer. Right there, under everyone’s nose.
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