"Contraceptive Diplomacy" by Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci's illuminates the world of Margaret Sanger and Japanese birth control activists such as Shizue Ishimoto, tracing a history that still shapes women's health rights to this day.
"Family Traits: The Fantastic Bestiary of a Father and his Sons" is a collection of watercolor illustrations by Thomas Romain, a Tokyo-based animator, and his sons' whimsical drawings that inspired them.
Readers who like their yakuza with a dash of morality, lead characters out of their depths and their cops dumb and bent will find much to enjoy in Nick Hurst's thriller, "Falling From the Floating World."
In Yusuke Kimura's two novellas, "Sacred Cesium Ground" and "Isa's Deluge," the aftermath of the 3/11 disaster plays out across two stories exploring the post-disaster relationships between humans and animals.
Rich history is woven into each of the essays in "The Land We Saw, the Times We Knew," forming a picture of a Japan not unrecognizable to that of today, but one which has not yet made the Meiji Era leap into modernity.