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.

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.

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 Fourth String

The Fourth String

by Janet Pocorobba

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

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 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.

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.

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...

Exploring Kyoto

Exploring Kyoto

by Judith Clancy

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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