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'A Shameful Life' reviewed by Japan Visitor

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, September 04, 2019

"Listed by some as the second-best selling novel of all-time in Japan, behind only Natsume Soseki's Kokoro." Read More


"Understanding the challenging world of the literary translator"

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 19, 2019

This intriguing article from Louise George Kittaka for The Japan Times sheds a little light on the struggles of bringing some of the greatest literary works from around the world to an English speaking audience. Our publisher, Peter Goodman weighs in as well.  Read More


New Book Announcement: Hiroaki Sato's 'Forty-Seven Samurai'

Michael Palmer - Thursday, August 15, 2019

One of the most spectacular vendettas ever: the history and haiku behind the mass-suicide featured in the 2013 film 47 Ronin.  Read More


'China Smart' reviewed by The Manhattan Book Review

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, August 06, 2019

5/5 "An invaluable resource for travelers to China as well as those who want to learn more about the country in a succinct format without having the need to page through dry and dense history tomes." Read More


Amy Chavez starts "Politeness Marathon," tips on Japanese etiquette

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 05, 2019

Interested in diving deeper into the intricacies of Japanese culture? Amy Chavez, author of Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan is beginning a "Politeness Marathon" over on her facebook page. The series will dive deeper into the culture of Japanese manners. Read More


Frederik L. Schodt interviewed on Osamu Tezuka Disney Lion King controversy

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Osamu Tezuka Story translator and close friend and interpreter of Osamu Tezuka has lent some insight into the Lion King controversy that has recently been reignited with the release of the new Lion King movie. The Hollywood Reporter and The Washington Post both report.  Read More


Criterion to reissue The Inland Sea, film by Lucille Cara

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Criterion is getting ready to release a new restored 4K digital edition of The Inland Sea by Lucille Carra. The film follows Carra's trip inspired by the Donald Richie classic of the same title. Read More


Tracy Franz to speak at Chapters in Halifax Nova Scotia

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Join author Tracy Franz as she signs copies of her book, My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan Saturday, July 27th 2019 at Chapters in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
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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." Read More


The Japan Times reviews 'The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

"The Fourth String reconfigures the typical Japan fish-out-of-water memoir into a meditation on music and mastery, relationships, culture and narrative." Read More


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