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Renowned translator Cathy Hirano on 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!'

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cathy Hirano, translator of Nohoku Uehashi's The Beast Player and Marie Kondo’s best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, "highly recommend[s]" Amy Chavez's new book Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!, "not just to avoid making mistakes while in Japan but also to enjoy this intriguing side of its culture and people.” Read More


Stone Bridge Cafe: "The Tea Master"

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Stone Bridge Cafe is a bi-weekly online series from Stone Bridge Press devoted to bringing readers short stories, poems, non-fiction pieces, photographs, and artwork from and/or about East Asia. For submission guidelines and info, follow the link at the bottom of this post. Read More


On Kenji Miyazawa’s 'Milky Way Railroad': A Fantasia of Self-Realization

Thomas Joel - Friday, March 16, 2018

Milky Way Railroad (Ginga Tetsudo no Yoru) is generally considered by critics and readers alike to be Kenji Miyazawa’s masterpiece of children’s literature. Nevertheless, despite its general popularity, numerous printings, and seemingly accessible view of the afterlife, it remains one of Miyazawa’s most difficult works to understand. Read More


The International Examiner reviews 'The Little Exile' by Jeanette Arakawa

Thomas Joel - Monday, March 12, 2018

The International Examiner just penned an insightful review of Jeanette Arakawa's WWII Japanese internment memoir The Little Exile, calling it "an evocative excursion into a young person’s life being drastically inverted." Much appreciated!  Read More


Stone Bridge Press to attend the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.!

Thomas Joel - Monday, March 05, 2018

The Stone Bridge Press team is excited to announce that we will be participating in the upcoming Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., March 22-25!  Read More


Stone Bridge Cafe: Assorted Photographs from Japan

Thomas Joel - Friday, February 23, 2018

Stone Bridge Cafe is a bi-weekly online series from Stone Bridge Press devoted to bringing readers short stories, poems, non-fiction pieces, photographs, and artwork from and/or about East Asia. For submission guidelines and info, follow the link at the bottom of this post.  Read More


Black Warrior Review of 'In the Woods of Memory' by Shun Medoruma

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Black Warrior Review just wrote a comprehensive review of renowned Okinawan writer Shun Medoruma's novel In the Woods of Memory, eloquently asserting that "Medoruma asks after not only the lives of survivors, but also after the half-life of trauma, to measure how long it echoes."
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Exclusive Interview: Award-winning translator Hiroaki Sato on literary translation and 'The Silver Spoon'

Thomas Joel - 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.
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