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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


Review: The Japan Times reviews "Japaneseness" by Yoji Yamakuse

Michael Palmer - Thursday, June 02, 2016

Big thanks to Kris Kosaka over at  The Japan Times for the review of Yoji Yamakuse's Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtue  Read More


Review: 2 new reviews for Japaneseness

Michael Palmer - Friday, May 27, 2016

Excited to announced that two new reviews of Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues by Yoji Yamakuse have come in. Thanks so much to Andrew Joseph of the blog It's A Wonderful Rife and Midwest Book Review for taking the time to share their thoughts on the publication of Japaneseness. You can check out both reviews below:  Read More


Giveaway: Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues by Yoji Yamkuse

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

We've partnered up with Japan Realm once again to give away 5 copies of our new book Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues by Yoji Yamakuse. Read More


Review: JQ Magazine reviews Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues by Yoji Yamakuse

Michael Palmer - Monday, April 25, 2016

Excited to share the great review from JQ Magazine of Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues by Yoji Yamakuse.  Read More


Excerpt Wednesday: 3 tips to start enjoying Japanese Sake

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, April 06, 2016

This week's excerpt comes from Sake Confidential: A Beyond-the-Basics Guide to Understanding, Tasting, Selection, and Enjoyment by John Gauntner, a book the The New York Times named "a superb, easy-to-swallow overview of this fascinating, complex and subtle beverage, offered with pith and clarity." Read More


Flash Fiction: What’s Shiba Inu?

Thomas Joel - Friday, April 01, 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 Berkeley author Mindela Ruby and was inspired by several adorably alert dogs she encountered last year while hiking the Nakasendo Trail near Magome and the Philosophers' Path in Kyoto.  Read More


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