SBP Blog

'My Year of Dirt and Water' reviewed by the Asian Review of Books

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 29, 2018

We are pleased to share that the Asian Review of Books has shared their review of Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More

Politics and Prose Bookstore reviews Tracy Franz's 'My Year of Dirt and Water

Michael Palmer - Thursday, September 27, 2018

We're delighted to share that celebrated Washington D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose has written a review of Tracy Franz's new memoir My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More

Tricycle Magazine reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 06, 2018

We are excited to share a new review from Tricycle Magazine of Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More

The Literary Review on 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A big thank you to The Literary Review for their wonderful review of Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan. We are honored to have a book of ours reviewed by this great publication.
 Read More

Gaijinpot's Great Summer Reads list includes two SBP books!

Michael Palmer - Monday, July 16, 2018

The lovely folks over at GaijinPot have included Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water and Amy Chavez's Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan on their great summer reads list! 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!

Easy and Fun Katakana

Learn the second key Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples.

Exploring Kyoto

This revised and updated edition of the Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples and features expanded information on new museums and gardens now open year-round for viewing.

My Year of Dirt and Water

Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery.

Tag Cloud

university of chicago japan guide illustration traditional japanese instrument 2020 Olympics what do in japan Olympics hate japan custom chinese comics Okinawan literature buddhist polite etiquette Anime/Manga/Comics graphic novels sensei and me japanese etiquette japanese people japan books Spirituality japanese book comics hiroaki sato guide drinking in japan my year of dirt and water osamu dazai pottery matcha no longer human Japanese aesthetics Children's Literature Travel japan today amy chavez Basho's Narrow Road book review buddhism non-fiction wife announcement the japan times author signing a memoir poetry of consciousness suicide review peace PEN AWARD bookstore Christianity reviews donald keene tricycle magazine ningen shikkaku how to travel in japan Coming of Age Day zen mark gibeau jing liu Children's Books Basho expat comic history religion book signing travel Japan monk wife China japan food japanese cutlure Translation tracy franz japanese travel book tour swastika william f sibley AAS seppuku frederik schodt takuma sminkey Japanese holidays otakuusa haibun World War Two nara osamu tezuka how to order in japan Chinese Astrology the buddhist swastika tk nakagaki Nikolas Bunton leonard koren Asian Studies buddhist symbols Christianity in Japan Japanese art literary review kyoto World War II hitler Second World War lions roar books award Year of the Dog tea garden huffington post amys guide to best behavior in japan literature michael emmerich washington dc stone bridge press tea book hoarding min kahng learning shamisen hitlers cross koun janet pocorobba gaijin pot ritual japanese culture Poetry state of belief bowing in japan publishing henry kiyama danica davidson internment memior author event monks wife rachel manley diary juddhism Ukiyo-e tokyo the japan society japanese drunk evil huffpost visitor hooked cross behavior author new york ex pat literature student teacher japan restaurant book blurb Korea photography 1960's Japan publicity nazi manners the fourth string Language ancient symbols learning in japan literary prize performance classic t.k. nakagaki WWII stone bridge cafe musical Shoah shamisen performance memoir astrology disney alan brill book publicity Chinese New Year buddhist swastika History Culture kansuke naka yukio mishima Japanese literature gratitude in japan gaijinpot travel to japan kyodo news tourist new books osaka zazen asian review of books journal photography book reading purification japanese classic japanese Chinese history Tokyo Olympics author tour event Japan in the woods of memory jared cook green tea blurb eating in japan china history center of east asian studies nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara Spring Festival four immigrants UCLA understandind china through comics manga world literature today journal of a zen monks wife in japan shamisen asia japan memoir japan etiquette japanese customs verticle sensei haiku classic japanese literature politics and prose giajin Art/Design zen monk japanese bath shun medoruma journal' monks wife japanese instruments welton gaddy monk The Colorado Review VIZ 1960s Korea memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist suehiro maruo japanese books journal of a zen monk's wife Interview the silver spoon the millions how to dark horse anime Korea fred schodt traditional japan travel a shameful life american shamisen damian flanagan book Alexandra Johnson Chinese culture eastern and western philosophy Chiune Sugihara holocaust the hidden writer