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Tricycle Magazine reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 06, 2018

We are excited to share a new review from Tricycle Magazine of Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More


​ The Practice of Naikan: How to Express Gratitude in Japan

Intern Intern - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The concepts of gratefulness and humility exist in practically every facet of Japanese culture and language, from the use of formal speech when talking to superiors and the subtle gradations of bowing to giving lavish compliments and always conducting oneself appropriately in the homes of others.
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Flash Fiction: Kaoru

Intern Intern - Friday, May 26, 2017

Flash Fiction Fridays is an online series from Stone Bridge Press devoted to bringing readers short stories from and about Japan and East Asia. This month's piece comes from author, journalist, and academic Roland Kelts and tells the poignant tale of a traumatized woman as she desperately searches for spiritual solace and emotional peace after losing everything to a tsunami.  Read More


Excerpt Wednesday - “Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection" by Gregg Krech

Intern Intern - Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Years Day is almost here, and with the New Year comes resolutions and new beginnings. Every year we take this time to reflect on the past year, celebrate our successes, learn from our failures, ponder what we did right and what we can do to improve ourselves in the coming year. Read More


Excerpt Wednesday - “Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection" by Gregg Krech

Intern Intern - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we thought it would be appropriate to pull a passage out of “Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection,” a book that draws from the titular tradition of Naikan ("nye-kahn"), a structured method for intensely meditating on our lives, our interconnections, and our missteps.  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


Announcement: Fall 2016 books

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dear friends, We are happy to announce our forthcoming titles for Fall of 2016. This season SBP brings you three books on Japan and three on China. Read More


Flash Fiction: The Hill of 500 Buddhas

Thomas Joel - Friday, July 08, 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 KeKe Cribbs and was inspired by the possible spiritual symbolism of the black butterflies in Japan.  Read More


Flash Fiction: Ah Matsushima! Twice is not enough

Thomas Joel - Friday, June 10, 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 Portland author R.J. Jim” Mockford and was inspired by old memories and recent travels to Japan’s most exotic and scenic areas after the tsunami of 2011.  Read More


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