Suzanne Kamata

For Suzanne Kamata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Singaporean publisher mines Asia's wealth of short stories

Books / Reviews Jan 5, 2019

Singaporean publisher mines Asia's wealth of short stories

Two stories by Japan-based writers appear in the "The Best Asian Short Stories 2018" anthology published by Kitaab in Singapore. The Best Asian Short Stories 2018, Edited by Debotri Dhar & Zafar Anjum.270 pages KITAAB, Fiction. Avery Udagawa's translation of "Festival Time," by Ippei Mogami, with illustrations ...

Dirt and difficulty: Life as the wife of a Buddhist monk

Books Sep 29, 2018

Dirt and difficulty: Life as the wife of a Buddhist monk

Tracy Franz's poignant memoir, "My Year of Dirt and Water," is full of carefully observed details. Organised by the season and dated like a diary, Franz delves into the solitary year she spent in Japan while her husband was cloistered in a Zen monastery.

Kenny Fries: From memoir to mortality and impermanence

Books Nov 11, 2017

Kenny Fries: From memoir to mortality and impermanence

When asked about his affection for Pikachu, American author Kenny Fries breaks into laughter. No, he says in an interview via Skype, the iconic Pokemon character had nothing to do with his decision to come to Japan. He came initially because, after applying for ...

'Pull Me Under': Whirlpools of confusion and psychosis in Tokushima

Books / Reviews Oct 8, 2016

'Pull Me Under': Whirlpools of confusion and psychosis in Tokushima

Chizuru Akitani, daughter of violinist Hiro Akitani, a National Living Treasure, and American Elena, who committed suicide by jumping from the Naruto Bridge, has apparently inherited her mother's depression. With her mother gone and her father remote, 12-year-old Chizuru has little defense against the ...