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The Japan Times Review: "Womansword" by Kittredge Cherry

Intern Intern - Monday, February 06, 2017

The Japan Times just wrote an eloquent and thoroughly incisive review of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women by Kittredge Cherry. Thanks Sophie Knight of The Japan Times! Read More


Excerpt Wednesday - "Green Tea Living: A Japan-Inspired Guide to Eco-friendly Habits, Health, and Happiness" by Toshimi A. Kayaki

Intern Intern - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In light of the new year and all the resolutions that come along with it, we’ve pulled this week’s excerpt from Toshimi A. Kayaki’s “Green Tea Living: A Japan-Inspired Guide to Eco-friendly Habits, Health, and Happiness”, a book that Eco-Libris recommends “for everyone who is looking to be healthier, happier and more eco-friendly." Read More


Excerpt Wednesday - "Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women" by Kittredge Cherry

Intern Intern - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

This Wednesday we’ve pulled our quote from Kittredge Cherry’s Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women, an intriguing portrait of Japanese womanhood that offers linguistic, sociological, and historical insight into issues central to the lives of women everywhere. Read More


Review: Womansword by Kittredge Cherry

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Check out Tofugu's well researched and thorough review of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women by Kittredge Cherry. Thanks Tofugu!  Read More


Giveaway: A Thousand Cranes: Origami Projects for Peace and Happiness

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

This week we are giving away a copy of Florence Temko's A Thousand Cranes: Origami Projects for Peace and HappinessMaking a strand of one thousand origami cranes has become an international movement for peace, happiness, and health.  Read More


Kyoto Journal features Japanese Garden Notes excerpt + two SBP book reviews

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 14, 2016

We feel very grateful to Kyoto Journal this month as they have included three of our books in their latest issue. Kyoto Journal issue #87 includes an exclusive look at several pages from the upcoming book Japanese Garden Notesa personal journey through one hundred of Japan’s best gardens, led by renowned garden designer and author Marc Peter Keane. Read More


New: Japanese Garden Notes free photo pre-order special!

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

We are happy to announce the Spring 2017 publication of Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Designa personal journey through one hundred of Japan’s best gardens, led by renowned garden designer and author Marc Peter Keane.  Read More


Excerpt Wednesday – Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

We’ve pulled this week’s excerpt from Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues by Yoji Yamakuse, a book that The Japan Times noted as “valuable for the way it lets us look at humanity through a specific cultural lens.” Indeed, the true beauty of Japaneseness lies in its ability to gracefully unfurl Japanese culture to reveal the country’s values, manners, and ethics. 
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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


San Francisco Book Review reviews Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues

Michael Palmer - Monday, July 18, 2016

Faith Lewis from the San Francisco Book Review has kindly taken a look at and reviewed Japaneseness: A guide to Values and Virtues by Yoji Yamakuse, calling it it “eye-opening… the perfect bedside book."  Read More


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