SBP Blog

Defying the Western Narrative — Interview with Janet Pocorobba for DIY MFA

Michael Palmer - Thursday, April 11, 2019

Janet Pocorobba, author of the incredible new memoir The Fourth String speaks with DIY MFA on her new book as well as how to defy writing structures both in the classroom and on the page. Read More

Author, Alexandra Johnson shares 'The Fourth String' blurb

Michael Palmer - Friday, November 23, 2018

We're proud to share that Alexandra Johnson, author of The Hidden Writer has shared her blurb on Janet Pocorobba's upcoming memoir The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me  Read More

Author T.K. Nakagaki to speak at Kinokuniya New York on 'The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross'

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 22, 2018

For those in New York, Kinokuniya will be hosting an author talk and book signing with author of The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross: Rescuing a Symbol of Peace from the Forces of Hate, Rev. Dr. T.K. Nakagaki.  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

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

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

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

jing liu Ukiyo-e Japanese holidays year of zen manga biography book recommendation memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist book reading classic japan book review Chinese culture Children's Books Okinawan literature asia peace tea garden hong kong podcast buddhist symbols buddhism buddhist swastika expat in japan IBPA international book award 20th century chinese literature PEN AWARD suehiro maruo dazai Chiune Sugihara brad hawley university of chicago amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan awards japan behavior best behavior in japan johnny depp finalist state of belief anne prescott japanese instrument 15 years at studio ghibli association of jewish libraries japanese book visitor neil gaiman japan guide japan restaurant religion new york events learning shamisen janet pocrobba zen monk summer vacation shamisen performance comics black jack zazen The Colorado Review monk wife manji award Korea photography Art/Design journal of a zen monk hooked cross forty seven samurai photography bird talk and other stories memoir stone bridge cafe shun medoruma book club manga author event expat japanese history classic literature hippocampus magazine amys guide to best behavior in japan trip a memoir of sensei and me travel Japan buddhist priest behavior haibun society keanu reeves frederik schodt japanese business student teacher kris kosaka ancient symbols bookseller Spring Festival japan culture evil chapters mentorship in japan minamata washington dc journal' monks wife expert travel literature japanese drunk the millions World War II matcha pulitzer prize gaijin pot performance catcher in the rye Poetry criterion eastern and western philosophy budhist swastika sean michael wilsonl akiko shimojima machiya restaurant jungle emperor books kyoto alan moore lesley university nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara Spirituality Second World War kyodo news forewrod reviews indies foreword reviews japanese travel hiaku poetry of consciousness zen monks wife' Travel new release doris bargen traditional japanese instrumenet learning in japan announcement author nhk benjamin franklin award henry kiyama astro boy hate memior japan food chinese literature travel manners writing book hoarding ritual literary prize fiction gallery awa japan today suicide japan manners japan custom classic poetry new york environmental disaster amy chavez eco disaster japanese bath rachel manley eli lieberman new books kansuke naka 1960s Korea what do in japan japanese translation japanese books dirt and water Language japanese craft donald keene zen the lion king min kahng a mejiro novel 4k japanese to english hitler symbol bookstore film non-fiction how to order in japan juddhism nazi Japanese aesthetics japan memoir xu xu 47 ronin otakuusa forest gander stone bridge press how to travel in japan the hidden writer education about asia book blurb Interview journal of a zen monk's wife japanese music journal Korea my year of dirt and water frederik green holocaust yukio mishima shaimsen how to no longer human rebecca otowa japan books walt disney ancient symbol purification chinese publicity huffpost hitlers cross author signing polite interfaith kotaku travel etiquette miswest book review japan travel forty seven ronin literature shamisen larry herzberg william f sibley t.k. nakagaki foreword indies award book tour osamu tezuka the japan society book review tokyo pacific rim review of books Shoah world literature today Japan tea mieko kanai musical welton gaddy traditional japanese people poet chinese books the fourth string holden caufield drinking in japan diymfa gaijin journal of a zen monks wife in japan learning instruments in japan memoir in japan kyoto journal japan trip japanese manners the asian review of books diary ningen shikkaku japan etiquette japan travel etiquette living in japan diy mfa giajin japan visitor wife nashville scene manners sensei and me japanese customs book publicity japan times japan travel guide do it right and be polite Basho traditional japanese instrument japan book ripe mangoes UCLA japanese instruments anime tourist author tour benjamin franklin awards Year of the Dog paul mccarthy leonard koren china smart luke patitsas comic history 47 samurai koun astrology gratitude in japan michael emmerich Chinese history japanese classic event oh tama frank beyer janet pocorbba WWII will eisner 2020 Olympics reviews osamau tezuka seppuku monks wife pottery swastika china book Christianity in Japan green tea 2019 steve heller hiroaki sato osaka politics and prose memoir writing four immigrants kyoto guidebook graphic novels etiquette ibpa publishing university Children's Literature jun hazuki book award disney symbol literary review 1960's Japan publishing hitler namethetranslator china guide bowing in japan History kyoto travel mark gibeau tomoko aoyama monk japanese cutlure controversy china where igo tracy franz Asian Studies review chinese comics World War Two blurb center of east asian studies huffington post kinokuniya event japan vacation gaijinpot the inland sea Japanese literature tk nakagaki hayao miyazaki AAS studying in japan kimba the white lion japanese books in english simba book reviews lucille cara Olympics japan ravel eco tragedy the buddhist swastika zen monk in japan china travel miyazaki japanese culture in the woods of memory japanese book talk Tokyo Olympics Coming of Age Day the japan times Culture china vacation foreigner in japan author talk Nikolas Bunton why we write podcast eating in japan graphic novel buddhist Chinese New Year nova scotia china history death classic japanese literature american shamisen Japanese art zen monk wife a memoir guide bushido the silver spoon sensei Christianity japanese etiquette book minamata story Basho's Narrow Road China alan brill peace symbol lions roar asian review of books nara donald richie janet pocorobba machiya restaurant guide book signing illustration travel to japan the fourth string a memoir of sensei and me takuma sminkey traditional japanese music ex pat literature foreword indies osamu dazai sharing a house with the never ending man Translation internment china What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know— A Past & Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, Language Alexandra Johnson Anime/Manga/Comics studio ghibli a shameful life fantasy literature damian flanagan eugene smith Chinese Astrology wanderlust translators danica davidson steve alpert understandind china through comics haiku koto tricycle magazine