The series offers scholarly but accessible narratives relating to significant, popular themes and personalities in Japanese and East Asian cultural history - suitable as introductory academic texts as well as of interest to a wider readership. The seven titles published to date are: Lafcadio Hearn: Japanese Life and Legends; Basho: A 300th Anniversary Celebration; Natsume Soseki: With the First English Translation of Travels in Manchuria and Korea; The Old Tokaido: In the Footsteps of Hiroshige; Rikyu and the Beginnings of the Japanese Tea Ceremony; Budo: From A Swordsman’s Perspective; Confucianism: A Major Philosophy of Life in East Asia.