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 ...

A Personal Matter

| Mar 14, 2015

A Personal Matter

by Iain Maloney

In the 1960s, Kenzaburo Oe began regularly writing about a character based on his autistic son, Hikari. A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe Translated by John Nathan 214 pages.TUTTLE, Fiction. “A Personal Matter,” first published in 1964, one year after Hikari was born, is ...

Kafu the Scribbler

| Feb 14, 2015

Kafu the Scribbler

by Michael Hoffman

“A querulous, self-righteous man, whose social criticism rarely rose above the level of personal complaining … .” Kafu the Scribbler, by Edward Seidensticker368 pages.Stanford University Press, Nonfiction. If this is how the writer Nagai Kafu struck his biographer and translator, Edward Seidensticker, what are ...

The Ink Dark Moon

| Jan 24, 2015

The Ink Dark Moon

by Kris Kosaka

No other period in Japan’s literary history was as dominated by women as the Heian Period (794-1185). Most Japanophiles know names such as Sei Shonagon (“The Pillow Book”) or Murasaki Shikibu (“The Tale of Genji”) for their contributions to the world of literature, but ...

Life of a Counterfeiter

| Jan 10, 2015

Life of a Counterfeiter

by Iain Maloney

Yasushi Inoue’s “Life of a Counterfeiter,” translated by Michael Emmerich, contains three stories: the eponymous novella and two shorter pieces, “Reeds” and “Mr Goodall’s Gloves.” Life of a Counterfeiter, by Yasushi Inoue, Translated by Michael Emmerich.Pushkin Press, Fiction. “Life of a Counterfeiter” concerns a ...