Yoko Kawaguchi’s book shows readers how many of Japan’s gardens incorporate Buddhist principles in their designs to function as spaces for meditation and enlightenment.
Photojournalist and author Stephen Mansfield's work has appeared in over 70 publications worldwide, on subjects ranging from conflict in the Middle East to cultural analysis, interviews and book reviews. A longtime Japan Times contributor, his latest book is "Japan's Master Gardens: Lessons in Space & Environment."
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As 2021 approaches, six Japan Times book reviewers look back on their top reads released in English this year.
This comprehensive overview of Japanese family crests delves into the motifs and geometries that fill even the simplest designs with meaning.
Cathy N. Davidson’s memoir is a thoughtful and compelling account of a woman gaining a deeper understanding of herself and Japan through her travels.
“Kyoto: A Literary Guide" was painstakingly collated by a group of friends whose dedication to studying the city’s literary legacy spans 10 years.
The Dutch writer’s follow-up to his 2005 memoir offers insight into Japan’s economic, political and cultural changes between 1950 to the present.
Junichiro Tanizaki’s final novel is a tragicomic tale about a man coming to terms with his ailing body and uncontrollable libido.
This anthology of short stories may tend toward the morally dubious, but it’s a solid introduction to literary masters of the 20th century.
Tan Twan Eng’s evocative novel about loss, art and memory was shortlisted for a Man Booker Prize in 2012.
Chiyo Uno’s semi-autobiographical novel captures the spirit of a woman unrestrained by social norms.