New Books

A Shameful Life

A Shameful Life

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.

China Smart

China Smart

by Larry and Qin Herzberg

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

Exploring Kyoto

Exploring Kyoto

by Judith Clancy

The Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples....

My Heart Sutra

My Heart Sutra

By Frederik L. Schodt

A cultural and personal journey into the famous sutra that teaches "form is emptiness; and emptiness is form."

Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man

Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man

by Steve Alpert

A unique behind-the-scenes look at Japanese business and how the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki were introduced to the world.

The Way Forward (vol. 5)

The Way Forward (vol. 5)

How China became the China we know today, through war and societal transformation.

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

by Amy Chavez

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

Easy and Fun Hiragana

Easy and Fun Hiragana

by Kiyomi Ogawa & Orrin Cummins

Learn the basic Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples.

Forty-Seven Samurai

Forty-Seven Samurai

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.

My Year of Dirt and Water

My Year of Dirt and Water

by Tracy Franz

Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery.

The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross

The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross

by T.K. Nakagaki

A remarkable cross-cultural history that rescues the swastika, an ancient Buddhist symbol, from its deployment by the forces of hate.

Tokyo Junkie

Tokyo Junkie

By Robert Whiting

60 years of observation: an American journalist’s memoir about Tokyo’s modern urban transformation, its criminal underworld and, oh yes, baseball.

Basho's Haiku Journeys

Basho's Haiku Journeys

Haiku tell the story of the poet Basho and the diaries he wrote while walking throughout Japan in the 1600s.

Easy and Fun Katakana

Easy and Fun Katakana

by Kiyomi Ogawa & Orrin Cummins

Learn the second key Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples.

Japan from Anime to Zen

Japan from Anime to Zen

By David Watts Barton

An accessible compendium of the most important aspects of Japanese arts, culture and history, for quick reference or a longer, in-depth read, for actual and armchair travelers alike.

Of Arcs and Circles

Of Arcs and Circles

A renowned designer of Japanese gardens contemplates wildness, humanity, beauty, the liquid state of the world.

The Fourth String

The Fourth String

by Janet Pocorobba

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

Tokyo Stroll

Tokyo Stroll

by Giles Poitras

The ultimate guidebook to walking the streets of Tokyo that Japan lovers and the curious have been waiting for.

Bird Talk and Other Stories by Xu Xu

Bird Talk and Other Stories by Xu Xu

by Xu Xu, translated by Frederik H. Green

Works of a major Chinese writer--liberal, cosmopolitan, and lyrically exotic--once banned but now embraced...

Eating Wild Japan

Eating Wild Japan

By Winifred Bird

A delicious collection of essays, recipes, and practical plant information exploring Japan's thriving culture of foraged foods.

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

In Kanazawa, Japan, Emmitt and his wife Mirai clash over how to pursue their future together until a 30-year-old mystery reveals a way forward.

Oh, Tama!

Oh, Tama!

by Mieko Kanai

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

The Minamata Story

The Minamata Story

by Akiko Shimojima

The true story of how one Japanese village suffered and survived the mercury poisoning of its waters.

Yamamba

Yamamba

by Rebecca Copeland and Linda C. Ehrlich

Women, Magic, Wisdom: Explore a Japanese myth through the words and images of key scholars and artists.

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