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Tracy Franz on her new book and continuing Zen practice

Michael Palmer - Monday, June 04, 2018

Tracy Franz's new book My Year of Dirt and Water is making waves. Check out her interview with Sumeru Press on her book and her continued life in Zen practice. Read More


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

Intern Intern - 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


Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog

Intern Intern - Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The dog: loyal, clever, bursting with joy, ever loving and unfailingly gracious—man’s perennial best friend. All of which, with the Year of the Dog officially kicking off on Friday, is naturally copacetic with us. But, in the context of Chinese culture, what is the Year of the Dog all about? And what does it signify?  Read More

Hiroaki Sato's 'Silver Spoon' translation wins the Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize!

Intern Intern - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Congratulations to SBP author and translator Hiroaki Sato for 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 Spoon, a sharp detailing of life at the end of the Meiji period (1912) through the eyes of a boy as he grows into adolescence. Read More


Death in Mid-Autumn: The Art and Artifice of Yukio Mishima’s Final Moments

Intern Intern - Monday, December 11, 2017

“True beauty is something that attacks, overpowers, robs, and finally destroys.”  Read More


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