Kyoto Journal reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"In understanding another culture, there are layers of learning, and the more you know, the more complicated it becomes. This is nowhere more true than in Japan." Read More


The Japan Times reviews 'The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

"The Fourth String reconfigures the typical Japan fish-out-of-water memoir into a meditation on music and mastery, relationships, culture and narrative." Read More



Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

by Amy Chavez, illustrated by Jun Hazuki

Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

China Smart

by Larry Herzberg

Essential essays on all things Chinese that inform and entertain travelers, students, and anyone working or living in China

Oh, Tama!

by Mieko Kanai, Translated by Tomoko Aoyama, Translated by Paul McCarthy

A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.

The Fourth String

by Janet Pocorobba

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

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.

Crazy for Kanji

by Eve Kushner

A passionate and playful guide to kanji that examines characters from every angle for an in-depth understanding.


Mobile Suit Gundam

by Yoshiyuki Tomino Frederik L. Schodt Mark Simmons

The Gundam creator's own vision of his spectacularly successful cult franchise, in a new edition for hungry fans.

The Making of Modern China (vol. 4)

by Jing Liu

The fourth volume in this fun, comic-style series that explores China's move to modernization!

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