Excerpt Wednesday - Tokio Whip by Arturo Silva

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This Wednesday we’ve pulled our quote from Arturo Silva’s Tokio Whip, a book as audaciously experimental as it is lyrically enchanting. Silva’s novel “is part of the lineage of great modernist novels about cities,” writes The Japan Times, “and perhaps the first Tokyo novel not by a Japanese that satisfies both in its vision of the Japanese capital and in its vision of what a novel can be.” This is the story of Roberta and Lang and their friends, and their experience of the great Japanese city Tokyo in all its many manifestations to their inquiring, observing, and wandering minds as they banter over the details of a party, a film, the Songs Common to Dreams, Tokyo’s history, the Names of Love. Read More

Giveaway: The Osamu Tezuka Story

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 10, 2016

Attention manga, anime and Japanese culture and history fans! We're giving away a copy of the recently published and highly acclaimed manga biography of Osamu Tezuka. If you are already a Goodreads user then good for you! Simply enter below. If not, head over to Goodreads and sign up now for a chance to enter.  Read More

Media Roundup

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 10, 2016

The past couple of weeks have been filled with all sorts of interesting and important news stories. We’ve put together a list of some of the top articles covering everything from the newest hit anime films to Da Fu to the controversial (and literal) cover-up of the Cultural Revolution Museum in China. Check it all out below: Read More

Tokio Whip

by Arturo Silva

A group of people walk across, around, and all over Tokyo. They talk, talk, talk.

Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun

by Homare Endo; translated by Michael Brase


An unforgettable memoir of the horrors suffered by a Japanese family trapped in Changchun, China, at the end of WW2 


The Osamu Tezuka Story

by Toshio Ban & Tezuka Productions, Frederik L. Schodt (Translator)

A documentary manga biography of the influential artist and the birth and evolution of manga and anime in Japan.

Foundations of Chinese Civilization (vol. 1)

by Jing Liu
A fun way to learn about China in a visual, informative comic-style history

Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar

by Qin Xue Herzberg, Larry Herzberg

Speak and write with confidence while avoiding common mistakes!

The Four Immigrants Manga

by Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama

The first English translation of the groundbreaking 1931 graphic novel!

Kanji Starter 1

by Daiki Kusuya

A quick and simple way to deconstruct and demystify kanji.


by Naoki Inose, Hiroaki Sato (Contributor)

A critical biography of a modern Japanese literary giant, whose brilliant career ended in a spectacular ritual suicide.