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Announcing: Japan from Anime to Zen by David Watts Barton

Stone Bridge Press is pleased to announce the publication of Japan from Anime to Zen: Quick Takes on Culture, Art, History, Food . . . and More by award-winning journalist David Watts Barton. Pre-orders are now up ahead of the April 27th release date.

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.

This friendly guide offers concise but detailed demystifications of more than 85 aspects of ancient and modern Japan.

It can be read in sequence, or just dipped into, depending on the moment’s need. Explanations go much deeper than a typical travel guide and cover 1,500 years of history and culture, everything from geisha to gangsters, haiku to karaoke, the sun goddess to the shogunate . . . and anime to Zen.


"Japan from Anime to Zen brings readers a wealth of interesting and relevant information covering a broad variety of topics with an impressive amount of detail. I learned a lot!"

Abby Denson, Cool Japan Guide

"This is truly a book about Japan from A to Z. David Barton offers deep insight into Japanese culture, history, and language to show what makes Japan so endlessly fascinating. An excellent achievement!"

Yoji Yamakuse, author of Japaneseness

David Watts Barton is a Berlin-based, award-winning freelance journalist who has covered popular music, culture, religion, travel and other topics for 40 years, in newspapers and magazines, on radio and online. Some of his work in different media can be found at

Yuko Nagasaki is a Tokyo-based freelance illustrator.


Japan from Anime to Zen: Quick takes on Culture, Art, History, Food…And More

By David Watts Barton, Illustrated by Yuko Nagasaki

Available 04/27/21


Print ISBN: 9781611720631

eBook ISBN: 9781611729450

$18.95 Print/ $9.99 Digital

304 pages

Trim 5.25" x 8"

Format: Paperback / softback



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