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ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES

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Oct 27, 2018
'Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window': Charming vignettes pay homage to an unconventional education
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi's 'Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window' became a runaway bestseller when it debuted in Japanese in 1981, and has since been translated into over 30 languages. With increasing awareness of the importance of catering to children with diverse needs in Japan's classrooms, Totto-chan's story is more relevant today than ever.
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Oct 13, 2018
Kenzaburo Oe's 'Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness': Reflections on father-son relationships
In Oe's 'Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness,' the lifelong sense of obsession and profound sense of guilt engendered within his own familial history finds acute literary expression.
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Oct 6, 2018
'Studies in Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan': Chronicling the political theory of the Edo Period
In "Studies in Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan," leading postwar political scientist Masao Maruyama chronicles the ideas and debates of scholars throughout the Edo Period (1603-1868).
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Sep 29, 2018
John Okada's 'No-No Boy': Once overlooked, now a classic tale of identity
'No-No Boy,' a 1957 novel by Japanese-American writer John Okada, unravels the complicated, varied perspectives of Japanese-Americans in the aftermath of World War II under the shadow of the internment camps of the American northwest.
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Sep 22, 2018
'The Journey': Jiro Osaragi depicts a society coming to grips with defeat and occupation
Jiro Osaragi's 'The Journey' is an intriguing literary and psychological depiction of a society coming to grips with the aftermath of defeat and occupation.
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Sep 8, 2018
Strongly autobiographical, 'Death by Water' reflects on Kenzaburo Oe's own oeuvre
Written in dialogue with Oe's own, earlier works on similar subjects 'Death by Water' is a careful, multilayered contemplation on the methodology and potential of art itself.
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Aug 25, 2018
'The Crazy Iris': Unflinching stories inspired by the aftermath of the atomic bomb
Compiled and edited by Kenzaburo Oe, 'The Crazy Iris and Other Stories of the Atomic Aftermath' is a multifaceted look at the nightmarish horrors of the atomic bomb.
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Aug 11, 2018
Kenzaburo Oe's 'Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids' condemns wartime cruelty
Oe's first novel, published in 1958 when he was only 23, tells of a group of school children evacuated to a remote village to escape wartime bombing raids, only to be cut off and abandoned when plague breaks out.
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Aug 4, 2018
'First Snow on Fuji': Yasunari Kawabata exhibits his mastery of the short story
In 'First Snow on Fuji,' nine short stories and one dramatic work selected by Kawabata himself highlight this literary master's minimalist prose.
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Jul 28, 2018
'Suicide Forest' by Jeremy Bates: Creatively creepy and sure to scare
In Jeremy Bates' 'Suicide Forest,' not everyone will return from a deadly journey through Aokigahara Jukai, the 'Sea of Trees' at the foot of Mount Fuji...
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Jun 9, 2018
Kobo Abe's 'Kangaroo Notebook' is absurdist, surrealist and occasionally exasperating
Is this bizarrely oneiric journey, daikon sprouts and all, really just Kobo Abe's exteriorized exploration of a tortured psyche?
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Jun 2, 2018
Yukio Mishima's demons are out in full force in 'Runaway Horses'
'Perfect purity is possible,' Mishima writes, 'if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of death.'
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May 26, 2018
'Of Dogs and Walls': A concentrated hit of Yuko Tsushima
Pick up this small chapbook for a double dose of classic Japanese short fiction from Yuko Tsushima.
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May 19, 2018
Yasunari Kawabata's 'Dandelions' probes the nature of mental illness
Initially published by Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) in 22 installments between June 1964 and October 1968, and subsequently revised from his notes after his death, 'Dandelions' examines the nature of memory.
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May 12, 2018
Kenzaburo Oe's 'Seventeen and J: Two Novels': 1960s Japan on the brink of social revolution
On the cusp of the 1960s sexual revolution and the anti-Vietnam War movement, 'Seventeen' and 'J' are intriguing primers on the seething social turbulence of the age.
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May 5, 2018
'Japanese Tales from Times Past': One thousand years later, the 'Konjaku' is still educating its readers
The 'Konjaku Monogatari' is one of Japan's oldest collection of stories. Many are supernatural folktales that warn against foxes and demons. All are meant to educate.
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Apr 28, 2018
'Japanese Architecture as a Collaborative Process': A must-read to understand Japanese architecture
Dana Buntrock's fieldwork highlights the collaborative nature of architecture, manufacturing and construction in Japan.
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Apr 21, 2018
'As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams' brings to life the lucid prose of the Sarashina Nikki
The 'Sarashina Nikki' is a classic of Japanese literature. The life of the narrator, one spent largely turned away from the world, is revealed in translation through prose that transcends cultural and historical distance.
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Apr 14, 2018
'The Man in the High Castle': Exploring a world in which the Axis powers reign supreme
First published in 1962 and recently made into a series for Amazon TV, Phillip K. Dick's novel imagines a counterfactual World War II, in which Germany and Japan have conquered Europe and America.
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Apr 7, 2018
Lose yourself in 'The Face of Another,' Abe's existentialist fantasy
Losing face and the public humiliation associated with it is something that we all dread but, in Kobo Abe's 1964 fantasy 'The Face of Another,' the metaphorical term is made real.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on