Haruki Murakami: Literary lightweight or global superstar?

Books Mar 24, 2018

Haruki Murakami: Literary lightweight or global superstar?

You know you've made it as an author when there are week-long conferences dedicated to your work that attract scholars, critics and translators from all over the world and which you, the author, do not feel the need to attend. In the case of author ...

The Irish influence on Soseki, a pioneer of Japanese literature

Books Mar 17, 2018

The Irish influence on Soseki, a pioneer of Japanese literature

St. Patrick's Day is the time of year when many raise a glass in their local "authentic Irish" pub to Ireland's literary greats, from master satirist Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) to poet Seamus Heaney (1939-2013). In Japan too, the dynamic interaction of Ireland and Japan's ...

Exploring the leaps and bounds of Japanese feminism

Books Feb 3, 2018

Exploring the leaps and bounds of Japanese feminism

"Rethinking Japanese Feminisms" is a collection of short essays by 15 academics on diverse aspects of gender issues in Japan. Topics range from the androgynous eroticism in the art works of Taisho Era (1912-1926) illustrator Kasho Takabatake to reactions to the enactment of the ...