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I Hear Them Cry

Feb 15, 2014

I Hear Them Cry

by Yasmine La Salle

In her debut novel, “I Hear Them Cry,” award-winning author Shiho Kishimoto explores how the pattern of violent behavior can be inherited from parent to child and how love and violence are often connected. I Hear Them Cry, by Shiho Kishimoto Translated by Raj ...

Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction

Feb 15, 2014

Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction

by Elliott Samuels

Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction, by Motoko Tanaka.Palgrave Macmillan, Academic. Japan is no stranger to apocalyptic events, a fact drilled home with the catastrophes of March 11, 2011. The country has suffered all number of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear bomb attacks, ...

Drawing on the past reveals the Showa Era

Feb 8, 2014

Drawing on the past reveals the Showa Era

by James Hadfield

The rest of the world knew him as Hirohito, but to his subjects he was always just “the Emperor.” Known posthumously as Showa, Japan’s 124th monarch reigned for over 60 years, during which he would be witness to both the best and worst of ...

Snow Country

| Feb 8, 2014

Snow Country

by Andrew Lee

Winter, when mornings are crisp, puddles frozen and the promise of snow floats in the air; it’s the perfect season to crack open “Snow Country” and let its well-known opening line — “The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country” ...

The Nature of Japan

Feb 8, 2014

The Nature of Japan

by Elliott Samuels

The title of longtime Japan Times columnist Mark Brazil’s collection of essays sells itself a little short, for “The Nature of Japan” is less about identifying the web of life that inhabits this archipelago as it is about offering an insightful peek into the ...

Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

Feb 1, 2014

Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

by Jeff Kingston

The title of “Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival” refers to an old Japanese proverb about making the best of a bad situation or transforming crisis into opportunity. Japan is no stranger to crisis, or to monumental “bending,” but will the Great ...

Fujisan

Feb 1, 2014

Fujisan

by Elliott Samuels

The haunting tales included in this collection of short stories by Randy Taguchi all take place in the shadow of Mount Fuji. Fujisan, Randy Taguchi, Translated by Raj Mahtani, AMAZONCROSSING Taguchi, who has attracted something of a cult following in Japan since launching her ...

Heart of a Samurai

Feb 1, 2014

Heart of a Samurai

Heart of a Samurai, Margi Preus, AMULET BOOKS “Heart of a Samurai” is a fictionalized account of the remarkable true story of Nakahama Manjiro, who played an important part as a translator during the opening of Japan at the end of the Tokugawa Era. ...

Silence Once Begun

Jan 25, 2014

Silence Once Begun

by Victoria James

If you’ve ever thought book reviewing was a questionable business — so opinionated! so subjective! — this may be the review to prove you right.

The Tale of Genji

| Jan 25, 2014

The Tale of Genji

by Kris Kosaka

Recognized as the world’s first novel, Murasaki Shikibu’s “The Tale of Genji” is a spiraling epic that encompasses a beautifully complex portrayal of 11th-century Japanese Imperial Court life. The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu, Translated by Royall Tyler, PENGUIN CLASSICS DELUXE Penned by a ...

In Pursuit of Lavender

Jan 25, 2014

In Pursuit of Lavender

by Hanna Lange

Akutagawa-prize-winning author, Akiko Itoyama, is known to focus on human relations in her work and with “In Pursuit of Lavender” she explores the relationship between two mentally unstable people as they hit the road together on a journey across Japan. In Pursuit of Lavender, ...