Charming short stories about man's tarnished imperfections

Sep 16, 2012

Charming short stories about man's tarnished imperfections

The Beautiful One Has Come, by Susan Kamata. Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2011, 212 pp., $15.00, (paperback) Long-term Japan resident and writer Suzanne Kamata juxtaposes the charming and the unappealing in an understated elucidation of flawed humanity with her collection of short stories, “The Beautiful One ...

Recipes and more from the farmer's kitchen

Sep 14, 2012

Recipes and more from the farmer's kitchen

When Nancy Singleton Hachisu was growing up in California, vegetables came from a can and organic meant “grungy” produce in scattered, dusty shops, part of a tofu and tie-dyed universe. Now a food-education leader for Slow Food Japan, a supporter of “more than organic,” ...

Nursery rhymes that fly high with sound and color

Aug 19, 2012

Nursery rhymes that fly high with sound and color

JAPANESE NURSERY RHYMES: Carp Streamers, Falling Rain, and other Traditional Favorites, by Danielle Wright and illustrated by Helen Acraman. Tuttle Publishing, 2012, 32 pp., $16.95 (hardcover) With its many onomatopoeic words, the Japanese language booms and trills, echoing with musical lingo. Usually written in ...

China and Japan: A 40-year friendship worth singing about

Jul 19, 2012

China and Japan: A 40-year friendship worth singing about

Forget allegations of spies and economic intrigue. Put aside the controversial Senkaku Islands and celebrate as the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing unites with the New National Theatre in Tokyo to commemorate the 40th anniversary of normalized relations between Japan and ...

Jul 15, 2012

Madame Butterfly's love child

Butterfly’s Child, by Angela Davis-Gardner. Dial Press, 2011, 352 pp., $26.00 (hardcover) Western opera’s opulent pageantry contradicts traditional Japanese understated aesthetics. In the novel “Butterfly’s Child,” Angela Davis-Gardner resolves this difference by crafting a subdued, multilayered marvel of delicacy as she imagines what happens ...