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Media Roundup

Michael Palmer - Friday, October 28, 2016

The past couple of weeks have been filled with all sorts of interesting and important news stories. Here’s our media roundup, where we compile some of the top articles that cover everything from new Osamu Tezuka releases to an intriguing Chinese space mission. Get your fill below: Read More


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


Excerpt Wednesday — Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun: How I Survived China's Wartime Atrocity

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, October 05, 2016

This week’s excerpt comes from Homare Endo's poignant new memoir, Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun, in which she describes her childhood experience of a Chinese atrocity in the late 1940s and breathes life into post-war China-Japan relations. “Endo’s aim,” writes The Japan Times, “is not to expose a ‘forgotten’ scandal in China’s history so much as to reconstruct the terrifying event she experienced as a child.” Imbued with both stark realism and poetic meditations, this is her eyewitness, at times haunting account of survival at all costs and of unspeakable scenes of barbarity that the Chinese government today will not acknowledge. Read More


New: Japanese Garden Notes free photo pre-order special!

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

We are happy to announce the Spring 2017 publication of Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Designa personal journey through one hundred of Japan’s best gardens, led by renowned garden designer and author Marc Peter Keane.  Read More


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