Emily Balistrieri’s English translation brings the magical adventures of an adolescent witch to a new generation of readers.
Kamo no Chomei's "Hojoki" taps into the universal appeal and cognitive dissonance of a fundamental question of Buddhism: Can humans ever eliminate desire and attachment?
“Breasts and Eggs” emerges as a triumph of storytelling that champions the power of storge (Greek for familial love) — between sisters, between father and son or mother and daughter, between friends and colleagues.
To round out our series on Japanese children’s books, this month we profile Satoshi Kitamura, who has authored more than 20 books in his award-winning career as a writer and illustrator of children's literature.
With "staying in" now the new "going out," housebound activities have become officially the cool thing to do. But what if you’re stuck for a good book? Read on to see four of our critics’ top reads for an extended period of self-isolation. A Tale ...
Alongside its humor, Michael Howard's recent memoir, "The Salaryman," provides an insightful look at Japan's corporate workforce. In 2008, Howard was a 32-year-old product manager at a small LA software startup who suddenly landed a high-paying job with a Japanese corporation of over ...
Dedicated to children's literature since her youth, Momoko Ishii authored and translated dozens of books, and her tireless advocacy changed the way postwar society valued children's literature for decades to come.
Takako Arai's newest poetry anthology in English, "Factory Girls," takes readers into the vanishing world of Japan's textile industry.
Iain Maloney's "The Only Gaijin in the Village" is a thought-provoking, lively examination of one immigrant's quest to create a new home outside his country of birth.
The best in children's literature earns devout adult fans too, and perhaps no other Japanese writer embodies such cross-generational popularity than Shuntaro Tanikawa. Frequently touted for the Nobel Prize in literature, Tanikawa was born in 1931 to a philosopher father and began writing poetry and ...