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The messy, lonesome worlds of Risa Wataya

Mar 28, 2015

The messy, lonesome worlds of Risa Wataya

by Iain Maloney

In 2003, two young female authors won the Akutagawa Prize — arguably the most important literary prize in Japan. One winner was 21-year-old Hitomi Kanehara for her novel “Snakes and Earrings” (“Hebi ni Piasu”); the other was Risa Wataya, who was only 19 at ...

Black Jack

| Mar 21, 2015

Black Jack

by Kris Kosaka

Although he is best known internationally for creating “Astro Boy,” Osamu Tezuka’s most popular work for adults in Japan is “Black Jack,” a series of short stand-alone stories from the 1970s, documenting the renegade antics of the unconventional title doctor whose mercenary facade masks ...

Mendeleev's Mandala

Mar 21, 2015

Mendeleev's Mandala

by Kris Kosaka

“Mendeleev’s Mandala” is the most recent collection of poetry from Kansai-based writer Jessica Goodfellow. Mendeleev’s Mandala, by Jessica Goodfellow 100 pages.Mayapple Press, Poetry. Each poem encompasses more than a world in a grain of sand; there is a universe on every page of this ...

Lizard Telepathy Fox Telepathy

Mar 21, 2015

Lizard Telepathy Fox Telepathy

by Delaney Lake

After randomly reading some pieces in this esoteric collection of poems and photography by Yoshinori Henguchi one might question why they picked up the book to begin with, or even their own existence. Lizard Telepathy Fox Telepathy, by Yoshinori Henguchi Translated by D. Michael ...

A tragic story of red tape and fatal ineptitude

Mar 14, 2015

A tragic story of red tape and fatal ineptitude

by Stephen Mansfield

At 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011, a 9-magnitude megathrust earthquake triggered a tsunami that slammed into the aging Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant along the country’s northeastern coastline, less than 250 km north of the capital. In the worst nuclear accident since ...