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Excerpt Wednesday — Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun: How I Survived China's Wartime Atrocity

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, October 05, 2016

This week’s excerpt comes from Homare Endo's poignant new memoir, Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun, in which she describes her childhood experience of a Chinese atrocity in the late 1940s and breathes life into post-war China-Japan relations. “Endo’s aim,” writes The Japan Times, “is not to expose a ‘forgotten’ scandal in China’s history so much as to reconstruct the terrifying event she experienced as a child.” Imbued with both stark realism and poetic meditations, this is her eyewitness, at times haunting account of survival at all costs and of unspeakable scenes of barbarity that the Chinese government today will not acknowledge. Read More


New: Japanese Garden Notes free photo pre-order special!

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

We are happy to announce the Spring 2017 publication of Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Designa personal journey through one hundred of Japan’s best gardens, led by renowned garden designer and author Marc Peter Keane.  Read More


Excerpt Wednesday – Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

We’ve pulled this week’s excerpt from Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues by Yoji Yamakuse, a book that The Japan Times noted as “valuable for the way it lets us look at humanity through a specific cultural lens.” Indeed, the true beauty of Japaneseness lies in its ability to gracefully unfurl Japanese culture to reveal the country’s values, manners, and ethics. 
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New: Stone Bridge Press 2016-2017 Catalog

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 26, 2016

We're very excited to finally be able to share our new 2016-2017 catalog featuring our new and upcoming titles as well as classic titles from the past.  Read More


Flash Fiction: The Mountains of Minoh

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 26, 2016

Fiction Fridays is a new online series from Stone Bridge Press devoted to bringing readers short stories from and about Japan. This piece is from Ophelia Leong and tells a story of self-discovery and an American woman's unexpected spiritual connection with nature amidst the mountains of Japan.  Read More


Review: The Japan Times reviews "Tokio Whip"

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 26, 2016

David Cozy reviews Arturo Silva's Tokio Whip, the experimental novel on the bustling city of Tokyo in his latest for The Japan Times. Find out what David thinks in his review titled "Is this the first great Tokyo novel by a non-Japanese writer?"
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Media Roundup

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 26, 2016

The past couple of weeks have been filled with all sorts of interesting and important news stories. We’ve put together a list of some of the top articles covering everything from the upcoming Astro Boy card game to the recent discovery of prehistoric Japanese graves that reveal the ancient symbiotic relationship between humans and canines. Check it all out below:  Read More


Interview: Frederik L. Schodt talks Osamu Tezuka on Publisher's Weekly podcast "More To Come"

Michael Palmer - Friday, August 26, 2016

From Publisher's Weekly: In this week's podcast, More to Come's Calvin Reid interviews Frederik L. Schodt, manga expert and translator of ‘The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime’ (Stone Bridge Press) by Toshio Ban and Tezuka Productions, a mammoth, 900 page, manga-biography of the father of modern Japanese manga. Schodt discusses the book's creation, Tezuka’s life and works and his personal history with Tezuka, known as the “God of Manga.” Read More


Interview: Osamu Tezuka Story translator Frederik L. Schodt talks Tezuka with the International Examiner

Michael Palmer - Thursday, August 25, 2016

Leonard Rifas at the International Examiner sat down with Frederik L. Schodt to talk about Osamu Tezuka and translating the newly published Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime.   Read More


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