SBP Blog

'A Shameful Life' by Osamu Dazai reviewed by the Asian Review of Books

Michael Palmer - Monday, February 25, 2019

John Darwin Van Fleet goes into extensive detail in his Asian Review of Books review for the new Mark Gibeau translation of the Osamu Dazai classic, A Shameful Life: Ningen shikkaku  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

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