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The curious tale of the man who slapped Tojo

by Mark Schreiber

On May 3, 1946, the indictments were read at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. Among the defendants was a gangly, bespectacled, 59-year-old civilian named Shumei Okawa, who happened to be seated directly behind the former prime minister, army Gen. Hideki Tojo.

Evil and the Mask

Apr 5, 2014

Evil and the Mask

by Andrew Lee

What would you do if you hated your father — really hated him? Could you bring yourself to kill him? But what if that was exactly what he expected of the kind of person he was hoping you would become — a creature filled ...

The Art of The Wind Rises

Apr 5, 2014

The Art of The Wind Rises

by Yasmine La Salle

The Art of The Wind Rises, by Hayao Miyazaki.Viz MEdia, Nonfiction. Brand new to the Viz collection of art books, “The Art of The Wind Rises” will once again bring to life the award-winning film it is named for. Creating a new experience for ...

A wistful note on a triumphant battle

Mar 29, 2014

A wistful note on a triumphant battle

by Hiroaki Sato

When I was a boy, my father told me and my kid brother stories from the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and taught us how to sing some of the threnodies that Gen. Maresuke Nogi composed in classical Chinese on the battlefield. My father was born ...

Just So Happens

Mar 29, 2014

Just So Happens

by James Hadfield

It’s a moment that many expats secretly dread: the unexpected phone call from home, announcing the death of a family member. For Yumiko, the protagonist of Fumio Obata’s debut graphic novel, it’s the demise of her father in a hiking accident that propels her ...

Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands

Mar 29, 2014

Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands

by Yasmine La Salle

This extensive travel book by lecturer and Okinawa expert Robert Walker is billed as “the first comprehensive guide to the entire Ryukyu Island chain.” With 25 years experience traveling throughout the region’s 150-islands Walker has amassed a huge amount of information — condensed here ...

Born in Japan, made in America

Mar 22, 2014

Born in Japan, made in America

by Suzanne Kamata

Although born in Japan, Mariko Nagai, author of the just-published novel-in-verse “Dust of Eden,” was raised mostly in Belgium and the United States. “I grew up all over the world because of my father’s job,” she says. “First in Belgium, where I spoke Flemish ...

The Ise Stories

| Mar 22, 2014

The Ise Stories

by Kris Kosaka

Before there was “The Tale of Genji,” the “The Ise Stories” (“Ise Monogatari”) presented ancient Japanese audiences with a titillating series of loosely connected episodes of love that are believed to be based on the romantic encounters of the poet and aristocrat Ariwara no ...

The Art Lover's Guide to Japanese Museums

Mar 22, 2014

The Art Lover's Guide to Japanese Museums

by Elliott Samuels

The Art Lover’s Guide to Japanese Museums, by Sophie Richard.The Japan Society, Nonfiction. There is an abundance of art museums in Japan, with the Ministry of Culture counting more than 1,200. Bearing this in mind, it was always going to be ambitious for author ...