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Excerpt Wednesday - "Division to Unification in Imperial China" by Jing Liu

Intern Intern - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This week's excerpt comes from the second of four volumes in our Understanding China Through Comics series, Division to Unification in Imperial China: The Three Kingdoms to the Tang Dynasty (220–907), a book Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, lauds as "a great way to learn about China's vast history!" Read More


Excerpt Wednesday: Foundations of Chinese Civilization by Jing Liu

Intern Intern - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This week's excerpt comes from the first of four volumes in our Understanding China Through Comics series, Foundations of Chinese Civilization: The Yellow Emperor to the Han Dynasty (2697 BCE - 220 CE), a book Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, lauds as "a great way to learn about China's vast history!"
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Excerpt Wednesday: "In the Woods of Memory" by Shun Medoruma

Intern Intern - Wednesday, March 08, 2017

This week's excerpt comes from our upcoming novel, In the Woods of Memory by Shun Medoruma, which was featured in the latest issue of The Asia-Pacific Journal.  Read More


Excerpt Wednesday - "Green Tea Living: A Japan-Inspired Guide to Eco-friendly Habits, Health, and Happiness" by Toshimi A. Kayaki

Intern Intern - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In light of the new year and all the resolutions that come along with it, we’ve pulled this week’s excerpt from Toshimi A. Kayaki’s “Green Tea Living: A Japan-Inspired Guide to Eco-friendly Habits, Health, and Happiness”, a book that Eco-Libris recommends “for everyone who is looking to be healthier, happier and more eco-friendly." Read More


Excerpt Wednesday - “Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection" by Gregg Krech

Intern Intern - Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Years Day is almost here, and with the New Year comes resolutions and new beginnings. Every year we take this time to reflect on the past year, celebrate our successes, learn from our failures, ponder what we did right and what we can do to improve ourselves in the coming year. Read More


Excerpt Wednesday - "Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women" by Kittredge Cherry

Intern Intern - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

This Wednesday we’ve pulled our quote from Kittredge Cherry’s Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women, an intriguing portrait of Japanese womanhood that offers linguistic, sociological, and historical insight into issues central to the lives of women everywhere. Read More


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


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


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


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


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