Once Upon a Time in Japan

Feb 6, 2016

Once Upon a Time in Japan

“Once Upon a Time in Japan” is an ideal introduction to Japanese folktales. Published by Tuttle with NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, the stories in this children’s storybook were chosen from a popular series produced by Radio Japan, NHK World’s radio service broadcast globally in ...

Barefoot Gen

| Jan 23, 2016

Barefoot Gen

With the recent announcement by North Korean authorities that they had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, Keiji Nakazawa’s classic anti-nuclear manga, “Barefoot Gen,” once again deserves a full reading — both for newcomers or for those revisiting its brilliance. Barefoot Gen, by Keiji Nakazawa.10 ...

Guillem bids adieu to her life of dance

Nov 24, 2015

Guillem bids adieu to her life of dance

Superstar dancer Sylvie Guillem has come full circle. As the ballerina extraordinaire explained before the upcoming grand finale of her 35-year career, “The first time I took a plane to dance in front of an audience outside France was when I was in the ...

Interpreting the values instilled in Japanese children with 'Teaching Embodied'

Nov 21, 2015

Interpreting the values instilled in Japanese children with 'Teaching Embodied'

Even for those without children, “Teaching Embodied” offers cultural insights that explain many fascinating details of Japan’s group society. From amae (dependence) to omoiyari (empathy) and even passivity — how the Japanese prefer mimamoru (watching and guarding) to interfering or intervening. Teaching Embodied, by ...

'The Good Shufu' explores life as foreign housewife in Japan

Oct 3, 2015

'The Good Shufu' explores life as foreign housewife in Japan

“The Good Shufu” is the true story of a “left-leaning, 36-year-old confirmed Bostonian” who falls in love with her Japanese MBA student, Toru, after a three-week courtship in Kobe. With self-deprecating humor and a sharp recognition of the prejudices and stereotypes operating at both ...

A misanthropic memoir from Meiji Era Tokyo

Sep 26, 2015

A misanthropic memoir from Meiji Era Tokyo

Kansuke Naka’s childhood memoir, “The Silver Spoon: Memoir of a Boyhood in Japan,” is a charming depiction of life in Meiji Era (1868-1912) Japan. Its enduring status as one of Japan’s most-loved accounts of life in Tokyo at the beginning of the 20th century ...