Kyoto Journal Review: "Tokio Whip" by Arturo Silva

Intern Intern - Monday, February 20, 2017

The latest issue of the Kyoto Journal includes an eloquent, spot-on review of Tokio Whip by Arturo Silva. Your insights are much appreciated, thanks Kyoto Journal!

"Tokio Whip exults in a discovery that every Tokyoite makes: that the constant sense of disorientation created by a city of such vastness and variety can offer a giddy form of liberation; that one can find oneself in being lost.”—Kyoto Journal 

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Valentines Day Excerpt: Haiku, Tanka, and Japanese Free Verse Poetry on Love

Intern Intern - Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Today is a day to celebrate love and to reflect upon the meaning that it, in its many nuances, luminously bestows upon us.  Read More

Giveaway: Understanding China Through Comics vol. 2

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, February 07, 2017

We're giving away 5 copies of Division to Unification in Imperial China: The Three Kingdoms to the Tang Dynasty (220–907) via Goodreads! Explore one of China's more chaotic periods when Chinese culture flourished while civil wars and foreign invasions repeatedly thwarted attempts at unification.  Read More

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 


Division to Unification in Imperial China (vol. 2)

by Jing Liu

The second volume in this fun, comic-style series that explores China's transition from the Three Kingdoms to the Tang Dynasty.

Kanji Box

by Shogo Oketani, Leza Lowitz

Japanese characters served up with histories and cultural clues to help you decorate your skin/body/life with just the right word!


by Kittredge Cherry

Thirty years after its first publication, Womansword remains a timely, provocative work on how words reflect on female roles in modern Japan. Short, lively essays offer linguistic, sociological, and historical insight into issues central to the lives of women everywhere: identity, girlhood, marriage, motherhood, work, sexuality, and aging. A new introduction shows how things have—and haven't—changed.

Sake Confidential

by John Gauntner

An American sake expert takes you to a whole new level of insider knowledge and expertise.

The Book of Tea

by Kakuzo Okakura

An affordable version of the classic 1906 essay on tea drinking and aesthetics.


by Yoji Yamakuse


Can traditional Japanese life concepts--like loyalty, harmony, meticulousness--make sense in Western societies? Here are 76 ideas for "decluttering the spirit."



by Naoki Inose, Hiroaki Sato (Contributor)

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