We will introduce Books and Writings of Shigyo Sosyu.

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Books & Writings

[Oh, Popoi! ―Return to the Days―]
On sale in early March 2017 PHP Institute, Inc. ¥2,300(excluding tax)
496 pages
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ISBN:978-4-569-83483-2

Wish to Live towards Infinity

This book is compiled from the two years serialized interview articles in bimonthly magazine REKISHI-TU (WAC inc.). It narrates a mysterious half a lifetime of the author “Shigyo Sosyu.” It is one volume filled with author’s enthusiasm of love for his “Own Destiny” which he expresses as “Spirit of Nakedness.” We would appreciate it if you take this book in your hands.

The author speaks of his checkered life impassively. The severeness and brightness coexists in his way of life. Thus, an air of bright sorrow is sensed in author’s “Personal Experience.” It is like the white houses shining in distance viewed beyond the perfectly clear blue sea. It must be expressed as sorrow swaying in the bright deep-blue.

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[Oh, Popoi! ―Return to the Days―]

[Philosophy of “Akogare (Longing)”]
Feb. 3, 2017 PHP Institute, Inc. ¥2,000(excluding tax)
320 pages
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ISBN:978-4-569834-19-1

Here, the Nebula is Dancing.

In this literary work, author’s unique philosophical contemplation on the theme of “Akogare (Longing)” is narrated. It is composed of 4 parts, “Revere the Verticality,” “Cherish the Irrationality,” “Live in Revolution,” “Eat the Books.” Through these themes, contents will lead to the core of the author’s Thought. Contemplating on “Human is the Being that Lives for Akogare (Longing), Dies for Akogare (Longing),” this is a work that embraces everlasting affection of the author for “Akogare (Longing).”

[Thought of “Akogare (Admiration)”]

[Identity of Life] (Volume I・II)
Jan. 8, 2017 KODANSHA EDITORIAL LTD. ¥3,500 each (excluding tax) Volume I・II are total of 1088 pages
ISBN:(Vol.I)978-4-907514-70-9
   (Vol. II)978-4-907514-71-6

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The Book exhaustively narrates the theory of “Combustion of Life” by various themes

In this literary work, the unique theory of “Combustion of Life” is fully narrated by various themes of science, philosophy, living, art and others. And also the author’s long standing studies on the Cosmos・Life・Civilization are exhaustively narrated. This answer-to-query form of literary work is originally based on the dialogue of the author answering the various perspective of queries given from biologists, researchers, university associates and others. This continued dialogue of over ten years has been compiled into two volumes and revised into further readable version. And the newly added 1200 items of annotations by the author, multilayeredly complement the author’s intended meaning of the words. Furthermore, the supplementary answer-to queries, which could not have been included in the chapters, may be read as “Miscellaneous Talk” at the end of the volume.


[Identity of Life] (Volume I)










[Identity of Life] (Volume II)

“The Art of Passion”
Sep. 27, 2016 KODANSHA EDITORIAL LTD. ¥1,600(before tax) 248 pages
ISBN:978-4-907514-62-4

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“Mementos of the Wind” the Art of Enthusiasm of the Japanese linked to History is compiled into a Booklet.

This booklet is composed of three sections, introducing the writings, which express the art thought of Shigyo Sosyu combined with the works (numerous color illustration) of Shigyo Sosyu Collection. Section One is the consecutive interview articles in the monthly opinion magazine [Seiron] (Nov. 2013 ~ Jan. 2014), titled “The Art of Passion” and the fundamental thought constituting Shigyo Sosyu Collection is being spoken. Section Two was planned as the result of good reputation of the interview articles, and it introduces the entire 24 series of color gravure (Feb. 2014 ~ Jan. 2014) of the representative works of the Collection. Section Three introduces the works of Yasuda Yukihiko, which was used as the cover picture of the monthly magazine [Seiron] (Nov. 2011 ~ Jan. 2014), together with the writings of Shigyo Sosyu. In addition, the essays on Yasuda Yukihiko, which Shigyo has written in the past, are included.

Section One: What is The Art of Passion? (The interview articles of [Seiron])

 (The First part): Yasuda Yukihiko―True Heart of the Japanese
 (The Second part): Sho (Calligraphy) is the Man Himself―Soul of the Japanese
 (The Third part): Solitary Artist―Toshima Yasumasa

 Section Two: Mementos of the Wind
 ―― Shigyo Sosyu Collection (Opening page gravures and writings in [Seiron])

Section Three: Heart of Yasuda Yukihiko
([Seiron] Cover picture, writings in gravure pages and other essays)

“The Art of Passion”

“Rou ni Manabu (Learn in Old Age)”
May. 30, 2016 HS Co., Ltd. ¥2,000 (before tax) 208 pages 
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ISBN:978-4-903707-68-6


[Joint authorship]
‘Now is the time to Learn in Rou (Old Age)’ by Shimizu Katsuyoshi
‘Doku o Kurae (Eat the Poison)' by Shigyo Sosyu
‘Aruji o Okosu (Awake the Master of Mind)’by Yoshida Shinsai
‘Kotae wa Monjyo (Nou) ni Ari (Answer is in the Brain)’by Nishida Fumio
‘Shougai no Shi ni Kushiki Kaikou (Fateful Encounter with the Mentor of Lifetime)’ by Terada Issei

Eat the Poison

In this book, the word ‘Rou (Old Age)’ is grasped in the context embracing query of “How to Age.” Five authors who are active in various circles speak on the aging of humans in their own unique viewpoint. As one of the authors, Shigyo Sosyu casts a theory of ‘Doku o Kurae (Eat the Poison) as an antithesis to the presently prevailing erroneous concept of ‘Growing Old.’ Shigyo Sosyu speaks on the righteous way of ‘to Age’ and how one should aim to live in his unique life theory of ‘Rou (Old Age).’

“Rou ni Manabu (Learn in Old Age)”

“Solitary Realism-The Art of Toshima Yasumasa-”
Mar. 10, 2016 KODANSHA EDITORIAL LTD. ¥5,400 (before tax) 430 pages 
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ISBN:978-4-907514-42-6

Now is the time, the value of Toshima’s art must be inquired.

“Solitary Realism―The Art of Toshima Yasumasa―” is the title of the book introducing the art works and the life of Toshima Yasumasa, in a definitive edition. It introduces in color printing, a numerous art works of Toshima, with artistic essays and poetry on Toshima’s art by Shigyo Sosyu, and chronology. And also, contribution thesis by the leading authority on Western art history, Professor Koike Hisako of Kokugakuin University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Philosophy is recorded.

Part I Homage to the Art of Toshima Yasumasa

138 pieces of Toshima’s works are combined with poetry and short composition expressing artistic thought of Toshima, Shigyo Sosyu, with overwhelming impact and volume, he comes into profound contact with Toshima’s art.

Part II Muten ni arazu (Invisible yet it Exists) -The Vestiges of Toshima Yasumasa-

Shigyo Sosyu, who worked together as the model and friend in his last years, has integrated Toshima’s sublime way of life into artistic essay. Including the words of Toshima in his lifetime, his attitude toward the art and the contemplation obtained from his works are introduced.

Part III Toshima Yasumasa Stratum of Existence

Contribution thesis of Professor Koike Hisako of Kokugakuin University is recorded. The leading authority in the study of medieval art and thought, she speaks in her originally written thesis on Toshima Yasumasa’s art, in relation to Spanish art and also the significance of Toshima Yasumasa in the history of art in academic viewpoint.

Part IV Document of “Toshima Yasumasa”

Toshima Yasumasa’s lifetime is described in details. By compiling materials and records preserved by Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa, Toshima’s entire life may be inferred.

“Solitary Realism―The Art of Toshima Yasumasa―”

“Tamashii no Nenshou e (To the Combustion of the Soul)”
Jul. 1, 2015. East Press. ¥1,200 (before tax) 240 pages Favorably on sale at bookstores.
ISBN:978-4-7816-1326-0

Never read such Outspoken dialogue before

"Honest" and Outspoken dialogue between Shimizu Katsuyoshi, manager of a unique book store [Dokusho no Susume (Encouragement on Book Reading)] also called as a Book Sommelier, and Shigyo Sosyu, an Author is published.

Two unconventional Men speak uninhibitedly on familiar topics of politics, present Japan, a view of love, about Human faces and Universe. To revitalize this low spirited world, they unleash the stimulus punch and pour over the poisons. For those who wish to fight positively, they will certainly stand behind and support you. This book will illuminate a ray of light into the depressed darkness of your heart.

[Tamashii no Nenshou he (To the Combustion of the Soul)]

“Kongen-e (To the Origin)”
Oct. 29, 2013. KODANSHA LTD. ¥2,300 (before tax) 496 pages Favorably on sale at bookstores.
ISBN:978-4-06-218647-6

"How should one Live and Die?" is queried with Might and Main

By gathering the essence of Philosophy and Literature unrestrictedly and freely, it ultimately conveys the importance of having a view of life and death that is "How should one Live and Die?". Fostered by his reading experiences starting from [Hagakure (a book compiled by Saga Bushi on Bushido)] which Shigyo Sosyu has read at the age of 7. Intellectual organic correlation has quested the Human "Origin". Also his strong will to revive a true Principle of Culture by transcending the barriers of Art, Religion, Science et, al., has embraced the words of 450 historical figures. Starting from this book, how about letting yourself guided into further profound reading experiences?

[Kongen-he (To the Origin)]

“Ikuru (To Live)”
Dec. 12, 2010. KODANSHA LTD. ¥2,300 (before tax) 432 pages Favorably on sale at bookstores.
ISBN:978-4-06-215680-6

What is [Inochi no Kanzen Nenshou (Complete Combustion of Life?)]

What is "Inochi (Life)" ? In this perplexed modern society, this book quests for straight forward way of living.
As Shigyo Sosyu says, "I have written only what I fully comprehend, which I have kept thinking from my elementary school days up to my present age of sixties" , this is well matured book of Practical Philosophy. The refined binding is by Kikuchi Nobuyoshi and it is favorably keeping a long-seller. This is recommended for one who would like to, savor the philosophy of Shigyo Sosyu for the first time, and who are curious about what is Complete Combustion of Life Energy? There are full of queries on the Material civilization prevailing today.

[Ikuru (To Live)]

“Tomo-yo (Dear Friends)”
Dec. 12, 2010. KODANSHA LTD. ¥2,300 (before tax) 456 pages Favorably on sale at bookstores.
ISBN:978-4-06-215725-4

Jewels of Verses and Essays will Enlighten the Lost Heart

Jewels of 45 verses will recover lost heart of Modern humans. Shigyo Sosyu calls his favorite and cherished verses as his friends and expresses his affection toward each verses in essays.

"The reason why I cherish verses is that they have hidden power to bring beauty to the way of human life". With this romanticism of the author, how about savoring the verses of all ages and countries in their original text? Book bindings being in set with [Ikuru (To Live)] designed by Kikuchi Nobuyoshi, and both are concurrently on sale. The photographs of auther’s favorite items, reminiscent books and artworks are included in the text.

[Tomo-yo (Dear Friends)]

“Miyo Ginmaku ni (Mementos in the Cinema) – Sosyu Recommended Cinemas - ”
Oct. 15, 2003. Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa ¥6,500 (tax included) 718 pages 

Homage to a Greatest Legacy of the 20th century ' The Art of Screen Image '

" Cinema is Human Life itself ". This is the very word to express his affection to the cinema. He himself asks consent on his [dogmatic and prejudiced] unique personal opinion, and tremendous effort is dedicated to this cinema book. Choice selection of 702 pieces (as of Feb. 2014) of cinemas and also TV drama series are summarized with his personal view in one page reading enjoyment. Index is fully categorized by titles, film directors and actors, for the convenience of the readers.

[Miyo Ginmaku ni (Look at the Silver Screen) – Sosyu Recommended Cinemas - ]

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