SBP Blog

Politics and Prose Bookstore reviews Tracy Franz's 'My Year of Dirt and Water

Michael Palmer - Thursday, September 27, 2018

We're delighted to share that celebrated Washington D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose has written a review of Tracy Franz's new memoir My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More

Author, Rachel Manley shares her thoughts on 'The Fourth String'

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 24, 2018

We are still months away from the publication of Janet Pocorobba's The Fourth String, but we've received wonderful words about the book from the literary world. Rachel Manley, author of Drumblair trilogy and recepient of Canada's Governor General's Award for Literature has weighed in!  Read More

Rightstuf reviews 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan'

Michael Palmer - Thursday, September 13, 2018

Big thanks to Rightstuf Anime for taking the time to review Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do it Right and Be Polite! by Amy Chavez.  Read More

DW interviews Understanding China Through Comics author, Jing Liu on history and comics

Michael Palmer - Thursday, September 13, 2018

Check out this interview with Understanding China Through Comics series author, Jing Liu as he discusses with Germany's DW about the importance of bring the history of China to a larger audience and what the fundamental difference is between Eastern and Western philosophy. Read More

Gish Jen blurbs 'The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me' by Janet Pocorobba

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

We are very happy to announce we will be publishing Janet Pocorobba's The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me in march of 2019.   Read More

UCLA Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, Michael Emmerich on 'A Shameful Life'

Michael Palmer - Thursday, September 06, 2018

We are happy to share Michael Emmerich, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature at UCLA and translator of Yasunari Kawabata's Dandelions has provided his thoughts on A Shameful Life  Read More

Author Richard L. Gilbert blurbs 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Poetry as Consciousness author Richard L. Gilbert has written a beautifully meditative review of Tracy Franz's new book My Year of Dirt and Water.   Read More

Announcing: The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 20, 2018

A remarkable cross-cultural history that rescues the swastika, an ancient Buddhist symbol, from its deployment by the forces of hate. Read More

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga album now available

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 20, 2018

About a year ago Min Kahng's musical theater production based on The Four Immigrants Manga by Henry Kiyama opened its curtains for the world to see. Now the music from the play has been recorded and is available for purchase!  Read More

The New York Times reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water' by Tracy Franz

Michael Palmer - Friday, August 17, 2018

We are very proud to share that The New York Times has reviewed Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan.  Read More

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!

Easy and Fun Katakana

Learn the second key Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples.

Exploring Kyoto

This revised and updated edition of the Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples and features expanded information on new museums and gardens now open year-round for viewing.

My Year of Dirt and Water

Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery.

Tag Cloud

Japanese aesthetics tk nakagaki japanese people japanese etiquette Spring Festival a shameful life shamisen performance osamu tezuka Alexandra Johnson drinking in japan Okinawan literature yukio mishima Basho donald keene travel Japan publicity Tokyo Olympics book politics and prose Nikolas Bunton haibun World War Two matcha traditional japanese instrument Coming of Age Day michael emmerich non-fiction asia gaijin pot literary review books hitler journal gratitude in japan a memoir japanese instruments monks wife huffington post Olympics religion the hidden writer 1960s Korea Japanese art traditional swastika Japan literary prize performance ningen shikkaku shamisen new york mark gibeau evil japanese customs jing liu the fourth string tricycle magazine musical ritual comic history how to travel in japan understandind china through comics university of chicago etiquette buddhist symbols 2020 Olympics Year of the Dog the japan society poetry of consciousness hooked cross japan guide event VIZ frederik schodt the millions japanese travel takuma sminkey japan restaurant buddhist amy chavez 1960's Japan manners ancient symbols Chiune Sugihara wife janet pocorobba memoir Asian Studies learning in japan kyodo news Korea photography center of east asian studies tourist the buddhist swastika damian flanagan Christianity in Japan zazen author signing behavior suehiro maruo osamu dazai japan custom kansuke naka japanese culture hitlers cross polite Travel author event Art/Design Ukiyo-e Poetry photography blurb journal' monks wife author tour literature memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist Basho's Narrow Road Japanese literature Christianity tokyo award diary author verticle haiku disney dark horse book hoarding william f sibley WWII amys guide to best behavior in japan japan travel how to order in japan sensei classic min kahng world literature today buddhism green tea gaijinpot Chinese culture monk wife koun shun medoruma Korea journal of a zen monks wife in japan osaka travel to japan china history alan brill japanese books expat AAS announcement fred schodt eastern and western philosophy my year of dirt and water sensei and me the japan times Chinese Astrology nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara manga the silver spoon japanese book Second World War how to t.k. nakagaki astrology lions roar World War II China reviews book review UCLA internment The Colorado Review visitor nara japan memoir japanese cutlure kyoto zen Culture japan books student teacher japanese bath huffpost japanese classic learning shamisen book tour tea garden giajin Children's Literature japanese anime book blurb nazi chinese comics holocaust hiroaki sato Anime/Manga/Comics memior american shamisen japan food stone bridge press stone bridge cafe review tracy franz jared cook in the woods of memory purification ex pat literature book publicity eating in japan History journal of a zen monk's wife book reading what do in japan classic japanese literature welton gaddy rachel manley Shoah Translation Children's Books leonard koren Spirituality hate illustration graphic novels no longer human bookstore publishing Japanese holidays Language asian review of books comics pottery juddhism danica davidson otakuusa washington dc japanese drunk four immigrants tea guide peace henry kiyama state of belief Interview monk suicide PEN AWARD zen monk bowing in japan japan today japan etiquette buddhist swastika seppuku Chinese New Year Chinese history book signing new books