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

Books / Reviews | ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES Oct 21, 2017

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

by J.J. O'Donoghue

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, ...

Japan’s 'kanban' are still hanging in there

Lifestyle Jun 18, 2017

Japan’s 'kanban' are still hanging in there

by Martin Laflamme

Little information remains about the personal life of the artisan Kojiro Shimizu. His personality and interests, his passions and motivations — all are shrouded in mystery. What we know is that he worked in Kyoto in the late 19th and early 20th century and ...