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Global ghosts in the shell of Japanese manga

Oct 1, 2016

Global ghosts in the shell of Japanese manga

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Earlier this year, a major Hollywood studio announced that it was planning to produce a live-action remake of the Japanese manga and anime “Ghost in the Shell.” The backlash from cultural critics in the United States and Europe was swift. They deemed that casting ...

'The Night of the New Moon': Life in a Japanese POW camp

Oct 1, 2016

'The Night of the New Moon': Life in a Japanese POW camp

No incident in Japan’s history is more controversial than the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Fearing that a modern generation saw only the “microcosm” of these tragic events, Laurens van der Post wanted to illustrate the “macrocosm” of the wider Pacific War in “The ...

Is this the first great Tokyo novel by a non-Japanese writer?

Sep 24, 2016

Is this the first great Tokyo novel by a non-Japanese writer?

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Non-Japanese have written great books about Japan. Almost all of these masterpieces are nonfiction: essays, memoirs, monographs, histories, travel books. One might place, for example, Alan Booth’s “The Roads to Sata,” Donald Richie’s “Ozu,” Edward Seidensticker’s “Genji Days,” and Nicolas Bouvier’s “The Japanese Chronicles” ...