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Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar

Speak and write with confidence while avoiding common mistakes!

Sake Confidential

An American sake expert takes you to a whole new level of insider knowledge and expertise.

The Anime Encyclopedia

Updated and expanded! 1,000,000+ words on films, artists, studios, themes, and Japan's animation culture, with key data and advisories.

The Book of Tea

An affordable version of the classic 1906 essay on tea drinking and aesthetics.

A String of Flowers, Untied...

A new translation of the most lyrical moments from Japan's great classical romance.

A Thousand Cranes

How to fold the famous Japanese Paper Crane and string 1,000 cranes, inspired by the story of Sadako and Hiroshima.

The Art of Setting Stones

Philosophical essays on the beauty and meaning of traditional Japanese gardens.

The Astro Boy Essays

A tribute to Japan's God of Manga by his long-time American friend and translator. Includes rare, full-color, original Astro Boy Astro Boy art!

Chinese 24/7

A fun, blog-like approach to learning Mandarin Chinese.

The Four Immigrants Manga

The first English translation of the groundbreaking 1931 graphic novel!

Tokio Whip

A group of people walk across, around, and all over Tokyo. They talk, talk, talk.

A Diplomat in Japan

The classic historical account of Japan’s first encounters with the West

America and the Four Japans

A readable overview of the ever-changing relationship between Japan and the United States.


A luminous translation of the classic Buddhist poem.

Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun

An unforgettable memoir of the horrors suffered by a Japanese family trapped in Changchun, China, at the end of WW2 


Kanji Starter 1

A quick and simple way to deconstruct and demystify kanji.

Satoshi Kon

An introduction to the work and vision of Satoshi Kon, anime's premier illusionist.

The Osamu Tezuka Story

A documentary manga biography of the influential artist and the birth and evolution of manga and anime in Japan.

A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors

A comprehensive volume on major directors in the history of Japanese film.