SBP Blog

Education About Asia reviews 'The Fourth String'

Michael Palmer - Monday, December 16, 2019

"Sometimes Janet and Sensei argue, sometimes Sensei favors other students over Janet, but each encounter offers a little more insight into music, Japanese culture, and into Janet herself." 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

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