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T.K. Nakagaki to speak about the Buddhist Swastika at Kinokuniya Tokyo March 16th

Michael Palmer - Monday, March 04, 2019

Everything you've always wanted to know about the Swastika, but we're too afraid to ask. A book talk by Rev. Dr. T.K. Nakagaki will be held at Kinokuniya in Tokyo March 16th, at 3pm.  Read More

'A Shameful Life' by Osamu Dazai reviewed by the Asian Review of Books

Michael Palmer - Monday, February 25, 2019

John Darwin Van Fleet goes into extensive detail in his Asian Review of Books review for the new Mark Gibeau translation of the Osamu Dazai classic, A Shameful Life: Ningen shikkaku  Read More

Janet Pocorobba East Coast reading and shamisen performance dates

Michael Palmer - Monday, February 11, 2019

Janet Pocorobba and her upcoming memoir The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me are going on the road! Not only will she be speaking about her experience learning the shamisen, a traditional Japanese three stringed instumenet, but she will also be bringing it with her for a special performance. For those of you on the East Coast, check the dates below!  Read More

Rescuing a Symbol of Peace, an interview with T.K. Nakagaki with The State of Belief

Michael Palmer - Monday, February 11, 2019

The State Of Belief with Dr. Welton Gaddy sat down with Rev. Dr. T.K. Nakagaki, author of The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross about the misappropriation of the swastika by the Nazis, overturning its long history as a symbol of peace in Asian religions. Can its original meaning ever be reclaimed?
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Janet Pocorobba shamisen performance and book reading at The Japan Society New York

Michael Palmer - Thursday, January 31, 2019

Janet Pocorobba, author of The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me will be doing a special shamisen performance and reading from her upcoming memoir at The Japan Society in New York March 19th.  Read More

'A Shameful Life' by Osamu Dazai reviewed by The Japan Society UK Review

Michael Palmer - Thursday, January 24, 2019

"Ningen Shikkaku (translated as ‘A Shameful Life’) still persists as one of the most widely read and critically acclaimed novels in Japan. Ningen Shikkaku has been previously translated into English by Donald Keene (under the title of No Longer Human), but Mark Gibeau’s latest translation certainly provides a refreshing and interesting reconstruction of this Japanese classic." Read More

Lion's Roar on T.K. Nakagaki's 'The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross'

Michael Palmer - Monday, January 14, 2019

Thanks to Lion's Roar for profiling Rev. Dr. T.K. Nakagaki's mission to educate the west on the Buddhist swastika, an ancient symbol of peace with his new book The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross: Rescuing a Symbol of Peace from the Forces of Hate.  Read More

Nichi Bei Weekly reviews 'The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross'

Michael Palmer - Monday, January 07, 2019

We are proud to share that Nichi Bei Weekly, one of the leading voices for Japanese American news and culture has reviewed Rev. Dr. T.K. Nakagaki's The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross  Read More

The Millions includes Tracy Franz's 'My Year of Dirt and Water' to their end of the year reading list

Michael Palmer - Monday, January 07, 2019

A big thank you to Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers and The Millions or including My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan by Tracy Franz to her end of the year reading list.  Read More

Japanese Buddhist T.K. Nakagaki sets out to educate West on swastika of good fortune

Michael Palmer - Monday, December 17, 2018

The Kyodo News profiles Rev. Dr. T.K. Nakagaki's mission to educate the west on the origins of the Buddhist Swastika. His new book The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross gracefully explains this ancient symbols origins and how it was misappropriated by the forces of evil. Read More

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