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T.K. Nakagaki featured in Quartz article, "Can the swastika ever reclaim its original meaning?"

Michael Palmer - Thursday, December 26, 2019

In November of this year Reverend Dr. T.K. Nakagaki joined Professor at the School of Visual Arts and author of The Swastika and Symbols of Hate for a joint lecture discussing this ancient and controversial symbol.  Read More


Education About Asia reviews 'The Fourth String'

Michael Palmer - Monday, December 16, 2019

"Sometimes Janet and Sensei argue, sometimes Sensei favors other students over Janet, but each encounter offers a little more insight into music, Japanese culture, and into Janet herself." Read More


Amy Chavez featured on NHK's The Expert Way to Travel Japan

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan author, Amy Chavez was recently featured on the NHK program, The Expert Way to Travel in Japan where she answers your questions and gives advice on making your Japan trip even more fun! Read More


The Japan Times reviews 'Forty-Seven Samurai'

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 18, 2019

"Hiroaki Sato weaves a rich portrait of a paradoxical society governed by value systems vastly different to our own." Read More


The Association of Jewish Libraries reviews 'The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross'

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 11, 2019

"Buddhist priest and scholar Rev. Dr. T. K. Nakagaki delineates the history of the Swastika as both a positive symbol of peace and through the Nazi usage that has come to represent evil and darkness." Read More


'China Smart' reviewed by The Midwest Book Review

Michael Palmer - Thursday, October 17, 2019

In nearly 60 brief essays, long-time China expert Larry Herzberg tackles important facts and myths about China, its history, people, and culture, as well as its contemporary society. 
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Ripe Mangoes reviews 'A Shameful Life' by Osamu Dazai

Michael Palmer - Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ripe Mangoes, a blog that highlights great manga, comics and other works from Japan has reviewed A Shameful Life, the new translation of Osamu Dazai's classic, Ningen shikkaku.  Read More


Author Doris Bargen blurbs 'Forty Seven Samurai'

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 23, 2019

Doris G. Bargen, Professor Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of Suicidal Honor: General Nogi and the Writings of Mori Ōgai and Natsume Sōseki (2006) has contributed her thoughts on Hiroaki Sato's upcoming analysis of the story of the Forty-Seven Samurai.  Read More


Pullitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Forrest Gander blurbs 'Forty-Seven Samurai

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 16, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-Winning writer/poet, Forrest Gander has provided his thoughts on Hiroaki Sato's, Forty-Seven Samurai  Read More


Prof. Allan Sosei Palmer blurbs on Hiroaki Sato's newest, 'The Forty-Seven Samurai'

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 09, 2019

Tea Master Allan Sosei Palmer, a student and teacher of the Urasenke school of Chanoyu for more than forty years contributes his thoughts on award winning writer and translator Hiroaki Sato's newest work.  Read More


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