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Kenny Fries: From memoir to mortality and impermanence

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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 various fellowships, he was awarded the ...

'A Brief History of the Samurai': offers thrilling take on Japan's ancient warrior class

/ | Oct 21, 2017

'A Brief History of the Samurai': offers thrilling take on Japan's ancient warrior class

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On reading Jonathan Clements’ brief history of the samurai, first published in 2010, you can’t help but see parallels with the recent blockbuster television series “Game of Thrones.” A Brief History of the Samurai, by Jonathan Clements.365 pages ROBINSON, Nonfiction. Clements’ recounts centuries of samurai power struggles, ...