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After the Banquet

| Feb 13, 2016

After the Banquet

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Considering Yukio Mishima’s reputation, it seems odd that a book as innocuous as “After the Banquet” could have had such an impact. The novel tells the story of Kazu, the owner of a restaurant frequented by the rich and powerful of Tokyo society, and ...

Once Upon a Time in Japan

Feb 6, 2016

Once Upon a Time in Japan

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“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 ...

The Silent Cry

| Jan 30, 2016

The Silent Cry

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On the surface “The Silent Cry”— first published in 1967 — is the story of Matsu, his wife Natsu and his brother Takashi, who return to the Shikoku village of their birth to negotiate the sale of some family property to “the Emperor of ...