SBP Blog

'A Shameful Life' wins William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation

Michael Palmer - Monday, July 16, 2018

Although we haven't officially announced its publication, A Shameful Life: Ningen Shikkaku, a new translation of the classic by Osamu Dazai has already won a translation award!  Read More

Exclusive Interview: Award-winning translator Hiroaki Sato on literary translation and 'The Silver Spoon'

Intern Intern - Friday, January 26, 2018

Fresh from winning one of the two 2017-2018 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prizes for his English translation of Kansuke Naka's classic Japanese memoir The Silver Spoonwe sat down with renowned translator, poet and author Hiroaki Sato to discuss his particular approach to translating literary works from Japanese into English.
 Read More

Hiroaki Sato's 'Silver Spoon' translation wins the Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize!

Intern Intern - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Congratulations to SBP author and translator Hiroaki Sato for winning one of the two 2017-2018 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prizes for his English translation of Kansuke Naka's classic Japanese memoir The Silver Spoon, a sharp detailing of life at the end of the Meiji period (1912) through the eyes of a boy as he grows into adolescence. Read More

The Colorado Review on Shun Medoruma's "In the Woods of Memory"

Intern Intern - Monday, November 27, 2017

In his beautifully insightful review of Shun Medoruma's novel In the Woods of Memoryliterary critic Eric Maroney of the Colorado Review lauds the book as a "layered, textured novel [that] throws into stark relief the interconnections between experience and memory, and the enduring nature of trauma."
 Read More

World Literature Today reviews 'In the Woods of Memory' by Shun Medoruma

Intern Intern - Friday, October 27, 2017

World Literature Today just wrote an incisive and thoughtful review of renowned Okinawan novelist Shun Medoruma's recently translated novel, In the Woods of Memory. Much appreciated! Read More

Eve Kushner on Kyle Ikeda, Okinawan literature, and kanji

Intern Intern - Monday, October 16, 2017

Japanese literature scholar Kyle Ikeda spoke this past Saturday about Okinawan literature and Shun Medoruma's In the Woods of Memory at the J-Sei community center in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Read More

Happy International Translation Day!

Intern Intern - Saturday, September 30, 2017

It's International Translation Day everyone, a day to celebrate the many translators out there working hard to keep the world connected. What would we do without you?!  Read More

Photos of "The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga"

Intern Intern - Friday, July 14, 2017

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga premiered in Palo Alto a couple days ago! The musical will play through August, so get your tickets before it's too late:  Read More

​It's a Wonderful Rife review of "In the Woods of Memory" by Shun Medoruma

Intern Intern - Friday, June 23, 2017

It's a Wonderful Rife reviewed Shun Medoruma's new novel In the Woods of Memory, writing that it's "not just a book about different cultures, rather it’s a look inside the human psyche and how war is merely a part of the backdrop." Much appreciated! Read More

​The Japan Times review of "In the Woods of Memory" by Shun Medoruma

Intern Intern - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Japan Times just reviewed Shun Medoruma's latest novel, In the Woods of Memory, writing that "in its unsparing squint into the darkest moments of human experience, this masterpiece of Okinawan literature continues to speak to us all." Much appreciated – we couldn't agree more! 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

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