SBP Blog

Kyoto Journal reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"In understanding another culture, there are layers of learning, and the more you know, the more complicated it becomes. This is nowhere more true than in Japan."

Thanks to Rebecca Otowa of Kyoto Journal for her review of Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan. And a big thank you for the kind words about Stone Bridge as well! 

"Even before the first page has been turned, My Year of Dirt invites the reader to indulge in his (or her) assumptions. First, the publisher, Stone Bridge Press, is famous for books on Japan, treating of culture and self improvement based on exposure to this evocative culture. If you pick up a Stone Bridge Press book, you probably already know a bit about Japan and are looking to learn more."

Read the full review at the Kyoto Journal website here:

Grab a copy of My Year of Dirt and Water here:



Like our blog? Please share it!


Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

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

China Smart

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

Oh, Tama!

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

The Fourth String

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

Tag Cloud

buddhism japan today Children's Literature Asian Studies Nikolas Bunton alan moore eating in japan journal of a zen monks wife in japan larry herzberg huffington post AAS university of chicago juddhism four immigrants lions roar hippocampus magazine kyoto journal traditional japanese music astrology classic literature no longer human japanese books hitler traditional poetry of consciousness UCLA evil buddhist priest author expat in japan kimba the white lion author tour journal of a zen monk chinese comics rachel manley author event matcha etiquette holden caufield forty seven samurai Shoah summer vacation gratitude in japan the buddhist swastika the lion king IBPA green tea jared cook Basho china where igo Japanese art Japanese aesthetics do it right and be polite frank beyer author signing translators shamisen Alexandra Johnson yukio mishima takuma sminkey pottery behavior mark gibeau review diymfa student teacher shaimsen travel to japan Spring Festival Language the japan society t.k. nakagaki book review politics and prose Okinawan literature fred schodt monks wife amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan Chinese history zazen foreword indies award death poet criterion japanese people japanese craft osamau tezuka welton gaddy black jack international book award verticle ancient symbol Olympics illustration jun hazuki tea publicity gaijinpot china history comic history catcher in the rye kyodo news janet pocorobba japan books classic japanese literature Anime/Manga/Comics world literature today chapters ex pat literature hitlers cross book tour japan culture dirt and water event Basho's Narrow Road foreword indies new books China religion Spirituality asian review of books book what do in japan disney nova scotia seppuku japan book buddhist swastika min kahng dark horse Coming of Age Day osamu dazai classic why we write podcast simba a mejiro novel giajin Chinese culture peace journal of a zen monk's wife literature eastern and western philosophy 47 ronin brad hawley Christianity luke patitsas Chiune Sugihara japan travel guide zen monk wife ibpa publishing university book award diary best behavior in japan japanese instruments controversy foreigner in japan japan trip book reading comics hooked cross tokyo reviews year of zen suehiro maruo living in japan bowing in japan expat musical japanese drunk mieko kanai zen sensei purification keanu reeves Chinese New Year ningen shikkaku Tokyo Olympics japanese book manji memoir janet pocorbba japan visitor Interview pacific rim review of books will eisner china book anime japanese to english japanese manners michael emmerich Poetry Year of the Dog hate understandind china through comics stone bridge cafe amys guide to best behavior in japan WWII memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist china travel fantasy literature frederik schodt Second World War in the woods of memory memior forewrod reviews indies manners author talk china smart the silver spoon 47 samurai the millions nazi the asian review of books Art/Design Japan gaijin pot namethetranslator center of east asian studies new release china What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know— A Past & Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, Language miswest book review donald keene trip chinese photography osaka japan manners book publicity damian flanagan monk zen monk japan ravel tricycle magazine rebecca otowa 1960s Korea internment tomoko aoyama holocaust doris bargen astro boy travel etiquette swastika asia film koun announcement lesley university stone bridge press tea garden japan restaurant non-fiction finalist oh tama publishing drinking in japan my year of dirt and water alan brill huffpost nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara lucille cara forest gander japan book review how to janet pocrobba japan travel japan travel etiquette japanese podcast graphic novels awards henry kiyama koto benjamin franklin awards japan etiquette suicide writing shun medoruma blurb wanderlust american shamisen books japan guide traditional japanese instrument journal' monks wife chinese literature japanese music japan memoir manga the inland sea World War II foreword reviews Children's Books osamu tezuka dazai japanese customs Translation tourist japanese cutlure guide literary review 2019 The Colorado Review ancient symbols tracy franz kinokuniya event book blurb gallery awa 2020 Olympics monk wife performance World War Two book hoarding the hidden writer japanese translation learning shamisen Korea History japanese travel china guide zen monks wife' book reviews state of belief gaijin Culture 1960's Japan amy chavez japan food Korea photography leonard koren Japanese literature ritual hiroaki sato danica davidson ripe mangoes the japan times kyoto japanese instrument how to order in japan donald richie wife Christianity in Japan VIZ china vacation walt disney 4k haibun traditional japanese instrumenet Chinese Astrology the fourth string travel Japan japanese etiquette nara forty seven ronin a memoir of sensei and me bookstore sensei and me new york events bushido journal how to travel in japan kris kosaka jing liu japan behavior buddhist symbols learning in japan the fourth string a memoir of sensei and me interfaith benjamin franklin award japanese classic book signing literary prize pulitzer prize a shameful life Japanese holidays japan vacation classic poetry shamisen performance memoir writing award Travel new york washington dc travel literature william f sibley book talk zen monk in japan travel manners diy mfa japanese culture paul mccarthy Ukiyo-e PEN AWARD manga biography buddhist japanese bath polite visitor haiku society tk nakagaki kansuke naka jungle emperor japanese books in english otakuusa a memoir japan custom