SBP Blog

Tracy Franz to speak at Chapters in Halifax Nova Scotia

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Join author Tracy Franz as she signs copies of her book, My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan Saturday, July 27th 2019 at Chapters in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
 Read More

The Japan Times reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 01, 2018

We are thrilled to share that The Japan Times has published their favorable 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

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

Oh, Tama!

A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.

The Fourth String

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

Tag Cloud

Japanese art zazen 1960's Japan japanese instruments how to travel in japan evil new york chinese musical trip do it right and be polite japan books reviews travel etiquette miswest book review traditional japanese instrument zen monk wife donald richie Year of the Dog buddhism learning shamisen the japan times memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist william f sibley kinokuniya event benjamin franklin awards green tea classic japanese literature holden caufield buddhist journal of a zen monks wife in japan summer vacation author signing new release buddhist priest washington dc the buddhist swastika gaijin dark horse my year of dirt and water a shameful life haiku journal of a zen monk the fourth string a memoir of sensei and me bowing in japan japanese book Chinese Astrology shun medoruma monks wife japanese people author travel manners janet pocorbba japan trip book tour catcher in the rye japan culture new books fred schodt tracy franz osamu tezuka Christianity nova scotia mark gibeau kyodo news will eisner poetry of consciousness travel Japan History finalist foreword reviews what do in japan Nikolas Bunton WWII japanese customs book award 2020 Olympics rebecca otowa suicide state of belief tomoko aoyama chinese comics ancient symbols verticle Christianity in Japan sensei and me classic asia Second World War lesley university Shoah henry kiyama event in the woods of memory book reading death blurb Ukiyo-e Okinawan literature nazi japan manners giajin journal of a zen monk's wife Chinese history janet pocrobba IBPA internment the inland sea criterion expat foreword indies award china smart leonard koren Chinese New Year guide books traditional japanese instrumenet center of east asian studies drinking in japan amys guide to best behavior in japan memoir writing japan memoir Coming of Age Day matcha Olympics illustration fantasy literature japan today haibun Korea jun hazuki 1960s Korea rachel manley podcast manners peace World War II diymfa politics and prose gaijin pot japanese translation holocaust a mejiro novel religion AAS comic history Children's Books book japan custom Art/Design traditional buddhist symbols ritual ancient symbol VIZ frank beyer Korea photography mieko kanai traditional japanese music forty seven ronin chapters Japan juddhism japan ravel travel literature jing liu walt disney how to order in japan monk alan moore The Colorado Review kris kosaka publishing hiroaki sato Asian Studies yukio mishima the hidden writer china guide takuma sminkey the lion king tokyo osamu dazai japan book monk wife pacific rim review of books a memoir dirt and water frederik schodt shamisen hitlers cross japanese drunk foreigner in japan year of zen buddhist swastika japanese cutlure memior award travel to japan japanese etiquette international book award jungle emperor writing black jack wife awards japan vacation manga the millions japan visitor japanese books stone bridge press bookstore zen monk in japan how to pottery China t.k. nakagaki sensei Translation Children's Literature university of chicago Anime/Manga/Comics non-fiction michael emmerich book hoarding japanese music expat in japan polite book talk review 47 samurai literary review danica davidson china travel manji ex pat literature shaimsen hitler 4k japan travel zen monks wife' photography kyoto journal huffington post anime Japanese holidays etiquette american shamisen tourist Travel journal' monks wife book reviews graphic novels japanese craft japan food Alexandra Johnson wanderlust japanese culture stone bridge cafe china What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know— A Past & Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, Language japanese instrument min kahng Japanese literature tea Spring Festival japan travel guide book publicity Interview eating in japan larry herzberg literary prize china vacation why we write podcast living in japan japanese travel the silver spoon koto alan brill lions roar Japanese aesthetics announcement japan book review disney 2019 ibpa publishing university benjamin franklin award manga biography osaka the fourth string new york events asian review of books japanese understandind china through comics 47 ronin amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan lucille cara the japan society dazai best behavior in japan otakuusa no longer human performance comics nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara book blurb Spirituality a memoir of sensei and me Basho osamau tezuka janet pocorobba gratitude in japan journal student teacher astrology forewrod reviews indies tea garden Tokyo Olympics visitor suehiro maruo welton gaddy author talk PEN AWARD four immigrants japan behavior foreword indies japan restaurant Chiune Sugihara film oh tama japanese books in english ningen shikkaku diary zen monk learning in japan hate literature kansuke naka behavior Culture hippocampus magazine shamisen performance forty seven samurai simba zen Language author event memoir world literature today china book hooked cross brad hawley japanese bath japan guide book signing World War Two huffpost bushido gaijinpot Chinese culture book review swastika publicity tk nakagaki amy chavez eastern and western philosophy china where igo UCLA damian flanagan controversy purification gallery awa nara the asian review of books kyoto japan travel etiquette japanese classic Basho's Narrow Road author tour donald keene seppuku china history Poetry interfaith kimba the white lion paul mccarthy japanese manners astro boy japan etiquette jared cook koun tricycle magazine diy mfa