SBP 2020-2021 Catalog
Sir Ernest Satow
The classic historical account of Japan’s first encounters with the West.
by Donna George Storey
An American woman's sexual awakening in Japan, testing the limits of love and sensual pleasure.
by Junzo Shono
A masterpiece of quiet lyricism set against a backdrop of change and renewal in suburban Tokyo.
by Shun Medoruma, Translated by Takuma Sminkey, Afterword by Kyle Ikeda
A powerful and thought-provoking novel that raises important questions about World War II, war memory, and US imperialism and blowback.
by Kenji Miyazawa
One night, alone on a hilltop, a young boy is swept aboard a magical train bound for the Milky Way.
by Mieko Kanai
A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.
by Donald Richie
A revealing look at contemporary Japanese culture.
by Matsuo Basho
A stimulating exploration of the haiku masterpiece.
by Hiroaki Sato
One of the most spectacular vendettas ever: the history and haiku behind the mass-suicide featured in the 2013 film 47 Ronin.
by Shigetaka Komori
CEO Shigetaka Komori's own story of why Fujifilm succeeded where Kodak failed...
by Frederik L. Schodt
The Gundam creator's own vision of his spectacularly successful cult franchise, in a new edition for hungry fans.
by John Haylock
The tale of English teacher Peter Meadowes, who flees to Kyoto for a summer vacation and finds himself lusting after every woman he sees…
by Osamu Dazai, translated by Mark Gibeau
A new translation of one of the greatest works of postwar Japanese literature, acutely capturing modern anxiety and alienation.
by Xu Xu, translated by Frederik H. Green
Works of a major Chinese writer--liberal, cosmopolitan, and lyrically exotic--once banned but now embraced...
A luminous translation of the classic Buddhist poem.
by Homare Endo
An unforgettable memoir of the horrors suffered by a Japanese family trapped in Changchun, China, at the end of WW2.
by Tracy Franz
Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery.
by Naoki Inose & Kiroaki Sato
A critical biography of a modern Japanese literary giant, whose brilliant career ended in a spectacular ritual suicide.
Sure to be a classic, Donald Richie's concise, profound insights into the mysteries of Japanese Aesthetics.
The classic text by renowned manga expert in a beautiful new casebound edition, with a new foreword and afterword by the author.
by Momoko Kuroda, commentary by Abigail Friedman
Momoko Kuroda (b. 1938) is a remarkable haiku spirit and a powerfully independent Japanese woman.
by Lafcadio Hearn
Twenty unusual tales from Japan collected by one of the greatest writers on the country.
The true story of a half-Chinook, half-Scot adventurer who entered feudal Japan in 1848 and helped pave the way for its modernization.
The unlikely history of early cross-cultural encounters between the West and Japan...