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Excerpt Wednesday - Basho's Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages

Intern Intern - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Monday marked the anniversary of Matsuo Basho’s passing, so we thought it would be apt to celebrate the master Japanese poet by culling this week’s excerpt from his masterpiece, Narrow Road to the Interior (Oku no Hosomichi).  Read More


Giveaway: Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun by Homare Endo

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This week, in celebration of its recent publication, we are giving away 5 copies of Homare Endo's Japanese Girl at the Siege of ChangchunThe true story of a young girl's survival during the horrid Siege of Changchun during WWII, an event that the Chinese government will not acknowledge.  Read More


Flash Fiction: Just Before the Sakura-jima Eruption

Intern Intern - Friday, November 18, 2016

Fiction Fridays is a new online series from Stone Bridge Press devoted to bringing readers short stories from and about Japan. In this piece, Ian Rogers presents us with a rich vignette of one man's search to experience and understand the mysteries of Japan's natural world and the culture that sprung from it.  
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Excerpt Wednesday - “Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection" by Gregg Krech

Intern Intern - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we thought it would be appropriate to pull a passage out of “Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection,” a book that draws from the titular tradition of Naikan ("nye-kahn"), a structured method for intensely meditating on our lives, our interconnections, and our missteps.  Read More


Giveaway: A Thousand Cranes: Origami Projects for Peace and Happiness

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

This week we are giving away a copy of Florence Temko's A Thousand Cranes: Origami Projects for Peace and HappinessMaking a strand of one thousand origami cranes has become an international movement for peace, happiness, and health.  Read More


Kyoto Journal features Japanese Garden Notes excerpt + two SBP book reviews

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 14, 2016

We feel very grateful to Kyoto Journal this month as they have included three of our books in their latest issue. Kyoto Journal issue #87 includes an exclusive look at several pages from the upcoming book Japanese Garden Notesa personal journey through one hundred of Japan’s best gardens, led by renowned garden designer and author Marc Peter Keane. Read More


Media Roundup

Michael Palmer - Friday, November 11, 2016

A number of interesting and important news stories have popped up over the past few weeks. We’ve put together a list of some of the top articles covering everything from the roots of J-horror to the influence of Jewish storytelling on Osamu Tezuka’s body of work. Get your fill below:
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Excerpt Wednesday - The Silver Spoon by Kansuke Naka

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, November 09, 2016

This week’s excerpt comes from perhaps the most admired childhood memoir ever written in Japan, The Silver Spoon, a book literary critic Meera Sushila Viswanathan commends as a “nuanced and subtle rendering [of] the strange fluidity of a child's tentative apprehension of the looming world around, that wondrous and unsettling sense of discovery amid the flux.”  Read More


Excerpt Wednesday - “Kanji Box: Japanese Character Collection" by Shogo Oketani & Leza Lowitz

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, November 02, 2016

This Wednesday’s excerpt comes from Shogo Oketani and Leza Lowitz’s new book, “Kanji Box: Japanese Character Collection.” Bold, visual, profound, symbolic: Japanese kanji characters communicate powerful graphic messages that look great on skin, walls, stationery, T-shirts, and more.  Read More


Giveaway: Mobile Suite Gundam

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Any Gundam fans? We know you're out there! We're giving away a copy of Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino. This is the original three volume Gundam novel all in one! 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


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