Japanese-English translator Louise Heal Kawai reveals the challenges of sourcing translation commissions and how one text — Soji Shimada's "Murder in the Crooked House" — was more intellectually rewarding than she initially assumed.
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2019's impressive lineup of books on Japan, include classic reprints, new fiction and studies of the nation's international relations.
Shuji Terayama's "When I Was a Wolf" is a collection of essays that reappraise Western fairy tales, fables and literature and flips them head over heels.
"Speculative Japan 4" is the latest in Kumamoto-based Kurodahan Press' mission to bring the best of Japanese science fiction and fantasy to the English-speaking world.
Mia Ayumi Malhotra's collection of poetry, "Isako Isako," is a carefully controlled whirlwind of ideas and impressions that reminds us that the scars laid down today will still be visible generations from now
Haiku poet and novelist Alan Spence was honored with an Order of the Rising Sun for "contributions to developing haiku poetry in the United Kingdom and promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United Kingdom."
In his new book, Brian Ashcraft explores the phenomenal success of Japanese whisky and what has led it to becoming the world's most desirable spirit.
"Cult X" is a fast-paced thriller that shows off Nakamura's ability to explore the lives of those on the fringes of Japanese society at its best.
Based on the author's own experiences as an investigative reporter at a local paper in Gunma Prefecture, "Seventeen" uses the 1985 crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 as the catalyst for a gripping newsroom drama.
Durian Sukegawa's novel is an original twist on the "odd couple" genre, in which two unlikely companions find they have much to offer each other, and retains much of the humor that genre entails.