Shizuoka: Where writers go to hide from the world

Travel Sep 24, 2016

Shizuoka: Where writers go to hide from the world

by Damian Flanagan

Ask a Japanese person which part of Japan they most associate with writer Lafcadio Hearn and they are likely to instantly respond: Matsue, a seaside town in Shimane Prefecture. Hearn is the man who introduced Japan to the West in the Meiji Period (1868-1912) through ...

A misanthropic memoir from Meiji Era Tokyo

Books Sep 26, 2015

A misanthropic memoir from Meiji Era Tokyo

by Kris Kosaka

Kansuke Naka's childhood memoir, "The Silver Spoon: Memoir of a Boyhood in Japan," is a charming depiction of life in Meiji Era (1868-1912) Japan. Its enduring status as one of Japan's most-loved accounts of life in Tokyo at the beginning of the 20th century is ...