SBP Blog

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

'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. 
 Read More

HuffPost includes Understanding China Through Comics series in foreign policy education list

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 26, 2018

Jing Liu's Understanding China Through Comics series has made HuffPost's "5 Graphic Novels That Could Teach Indian Politicians Something About Foreign Policy" list!  Read More

Stone Bridge Cafe: What Was Lost at Dan no Ura

Thomas Joel - Thursday, May 03, 2018

Stone Bridge Cafe is a bi-weekly online series from Stone Bridge Press devoted to bringing readers short stories, poems, non-fiction pieces, photographs, and artwork from and/or about East Asia. For submission guidelines and info, follow the link at the bottom of this post.
 Read More

The Japanese Poetic Tradition of Haibun in Basho's 'Narrow Road to the Interior'

Thomas Joel - Friday, April 27, 2018

Although his name has become synonymous with haiku mastery, Edo era poet Matsuo Bashō’s exalted status in Japanese literature is equally indebted to the prose compositions he wrote throughout his lifetime. However, poetry and prose were not mutually exclusive for Bashō, with some of his finest work dabbling in and fusing both forms of written expression. Read More

SBP author Kittredge Cherry on Christianity in Contemporary Japan

Thomas Joel - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is it difficult to be a Japanese Christian in 2018? In this Metropolis Magazine article, scholar, Japanologist, and Stone Bridge Press author Kittredge Cherry discusses the often complex reality of being a Christian in Japan. Read More

The International Examiner reviews 'The Little Exile' by Jeanette Arakawa

Thomas Joel - Monday, March 12, 2018

The International Examiner just penned an insightful review of Jeanette Arakawa's WWII Japanese internment memoir The Little Exile, calling it "an evocative excursion into a young person’s life being drastically inverted." Much appreciated!  Read More

Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The dog: loyal, clever, bursting with joy, ever loving and unfailingly gracious—man’s perennial best friend. All of which, with the Year of the Dog officially kicking off on Friday, is naturally copacetic with us. But, in the context of Chinese culture, what is the Year of the Dog all about? And what does it signify?  Read More

Coming of Age Day: A Japanese Celebration of Adulthood

Thomas Joel - Monday, January 08, 2018

In the United States and most other countries around the world, young men and women are legally recognized as adults at the age of 18. However, in a handful of nations this milestone is not acknowledged until later in life. One of those countries is Japan, where the age of majority is attained on a person’s 20th birthday.  Read More

Stone Bridge Cafe: "Sugihara"

Thomas Joel - Thursday, January 04, 2018

Stone Bridge Cafe is a bi-weekly online series from Stone Bridge Press devoted to bringing readers short stories, poems, non-fiction pieces, photographs, and artwork from and/or about East Asia. For submission guidelines and info, follow the link at the bottom of this post.  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!

China Smart

Essential essays on all things Chinese that inform and entertain travelers, students, and anyone working or living in China

Forty-Seven Samurai

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

Oh, Tama!

A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.

Tag Cloud

Art/Design osamu tezuka books evil black jack Asian Studies rachel manley japanese drunk haiku ancient symbols Travel the japan times japan travel gaijin pot shamisen buddhist japan book budhist swastika travel etiquette japanese to english Japanese literature namethetranslator fantasy literature world literature today chinese literature a mejiro novel 4k World War Two tokyo astrology Poetry memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist Japanese aesthetics nhk learning shamisen foreword indies literary prize book reading buddhist swastika jungle emperor hitler symbol trip japan restaurant History japan etiquette astro boy lions roar japan food pulitzer prize japanese music author shamisen performance author event manga japan memoir japanese craft Anime/Manga/Comics verticle the silver spoon literature gaijin traditional japanese instrumenet eli lieberman AAS washington dc expert keanu reeves Korea kotaku finalist japan today a memoir anne prescott tricycle magazine forty seven ronin china history Spirituality publishing fred schodt japanese classic japan books book talk Chiune Sugihara film oh tama a shameful life japan times frank beyer japanese history william f sibley henry kiyama association of jewish libraries japanese book forewrod reviews indies announcement japan ravel miyazaki min kahng jared cook osamu dazai steve alpert 15 years at studio ghibli no longer human The Colorado Review book reviews juddhism center of east asian studies mieko kanai chinese comics hippocampus magazine Spring Festival four immigrants chapters chinese lesley university the japan society gallery awa how to travel in japan drinking in japan forty seven samurai performance pacific rim review of books podcast zen Translation janet pocorobba my year of dirt and water china book lucille cara buddhist symbols the fourth string miswest book review Chinese history state of belief manga biography zen monk book japanese people event the inland sea eating in japan kyodo news book publicity dark horse travel Japan donald richie american shamisen reviews journal of a zen monk's wife student teacher steve heller IBPA how to order in japan mark gibeau Chinese Astrology monk book review behavior 1960's Japan hooked cross danica davidson gaijinpot welton gaddy zen monks wife' benjamin franklin awards jing liu japan book review haibun the buddhist swastika japanese bath Alexandra Johnson memior china What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know— A Past & Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, Language bushido controversy foreword reviews ripe mangoes catcher in the rye China tk nakagaki kimba the white lion osaka author talk journal of a zen monk graphic novels nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara criterion china where igo kris kosaka asia polite japan vacation t.k. nakagaki will eisner alan brill the asian review of books do it right and be polite 47 ronin zen monk wife travel manners traditional purification holocaust huffpost World War II tourist Chinese culture traditional japanese instrument etiquette nova scotia tea rebecca otowa seppuku jun hazuki living in japan book signing japanese translation wife japan travel etiquette a memoir of sensei and me VIZ stone bridge press janet pocrobba michael emmerich kansuke naka Japanese art Basho photography Japanese holidays year of zen why we write podcast internment Okinawan literature doris bargen monk wife Japan osamau tezuka journal green tea japanese etiquette bowing in japan interfaith disney eastern and western philosophy musical Children's Literature brad hawley kyoto takuma sminkey expat in japan translators japan visitor Ukiyo-e Basho's Narrow Road buddhism journal of a zen monks wife in japan hitlers cross comic history Language new books the millions book tour book hoarding nara Coming of Age Day Christianity amys guide to best behavior in japan how to expat china vacation ibpa publishing university non-fiction yukio mishima nazi asian review of books publicity japanese cutlure Tokyo Olympics leonard koren dazai comics japanese business forest gander blurb hate manners pottery swastika illustration what do in japan matcha book blurb Korea photography memoir memoir writing Second World War bookstore larry herzberg holden caufield monks wife ningen shikkaku shaimsen poet japanese instrument paul mccarthy anime koto peace symbol kyoto journal dirt and water classic literature the fourth string a memoir of sensei and me manji review religion foreigner in japan gratitude in japan mentorship in japan suehiro maruo the hidden writer tea garden diy mfa 1960s Korea Interview Children's Books award studio ghibli japan travel guide hitler hiaku walt disney sensei the lion king new york events symbol hiroaki sato damian flanagan japanese instruments japanese travel Shoah 2020 Olympics travel literature japan behavior ancient symbol society buddhist priest japanese customs Year of the Dog visitor classic poetry janet pocorbba summer vacation poetry of consciousness new release awards WWII amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan studying in japan Culture foreword indies award huffington post UCLA learning instruments in japan tomoko aoyama japan guide suicide japan custom china travel benjamin franklin award alan moore literary review sharing a house with the never ending man Olympics ritual diary giajin author tour japanese memoir in japan PEN AWARD Christianity in Japan university of chicago traditional japanese music kinokuniya event guide shun medoruma understandind china through comics japanese books new york learning in japan journal' monks wife Nikolas Bunton death japanese books in english zazen japan culture in the woods of memory best behavior in japan education about asia simba classic japanese literature author signing donald keene peace tracy franz travel to japan china guide sensei and me china smart luke patitsas diymfa frederik schodt koun stone bridge cafe writing japanese culture otakuusa japan manners 2019 47 samurai wanderlust classic book award ex pat literature zen monk in japan Chinese New Year politics and prose international book award japanese manners japan trip amy chavez