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  • New Stone Bridge Press 2022 Catalog

    Stone Bridge Press is pleased to share our latest catalog featuring new titles The Thorn Puller, the first novel to appear in English by award-winning author Hiromi Ito, Tabemasho! Let's Eat! by Gil Asakawa, a tasty look at how Japanese food has evolved in America, and more! To view the catalog in your internet browser click here. Otherwise, check out the virtual catalog here. Japanese Cinema: A Personal Journey By Peter Cowie Available May 2022 ISBN: 9781611720754 An informal yet informed journey through the classic works of Japanese cinema and their visionary directors. Just Enough: Lessons from Japan for Sustainable Living, Architecture, and Design By Azby Brown Available April 2022 ISBN: 9781611720778 How the mindset of traditional Japanese society can guide our own efforts to lead a green lifestyle today. Tabemasho! Let’s Eat!: A Tasty History of Japanese Food in America By Gil Asakawa Available May 2022 ISBN: 9781611720686 Your favorite Japanese foods, home-cooked, packaged, or served in restaurants, and how they came to delight the American palate. Kyoto Stories By Steve Alpert Available June 2022 ISBN: 9781611720747 An American student in 1970s Kyoto rambles among the city’s beauties and traditions, learning as he goes. The Thorn Puller By Hiromi Ito, Translated by Jeffrey Angles Available August 2022 ISBN: 9781737625308 Introducing Hiromi Ito, an award-winning Japanese author who has been compared to Haruki Murakami and Yoko Tawada. Tokyo Stroll: A Guide to City Sidetracks and Easy Explorations By Gilles Poitras Available August 2022 ISBN: 9781611720587 The ultimate guidebook to walking the streets of Tokyo that Japan lovers and the curious have been waiting for.

  • 2021 Stone Bridge Press recap

    From the Stone Bridge family to yours, we'd like to wish you the happiest of holidays and all the best in the coming New Year. We're endlessly grateful for your support and thankful for the opportunity to continue publishing the books we love so much. Below is a roundup of all the titles we had the honor of publishing this year. Be well and stay safe. 気を付けて! Stone Bridge Press Tokyo Junkie: 60 Years of Bright Lights and Back Alleys...and Baseball By Robert Whiting Tokyo Junkie is a memoir that plays out over the dramatic 60-year growth of the megacity Tokyo, once a dark, fetid backwater and now the most populous, sophisticated, and safe urban capital in the world. Follow author Robert Whiting (The Chrysanthemum and the Bat, You Gotta Have Wa, Tokyo Underworld) as he watches Tokyo transform during the 1964 Olympics, rubs shoulders with the Yakuza and comes face to face with the city’s dark underbelly, interviews Japan’s baseball elite after publishing his first best-selling book on the subject, and learns how politics and sports collide to produce a cultural landscape unlike any other, even as a new Olympics is postponed and the COVID virus ravages the nation. Eating Wild Japan: Tracking the Culture of Foraged Foods, with a Guide to Plants and Recipes By Winifred Bird, Illustrated by Paul Poynter From bracken to butterbur to "princess" bamboo, some of Japan's most iconic foods are foraged, not grown, in its forests, fields, and coastal waters--yet most Westerners have never heard of them. In this book, journalist Winifred Bird eats her way from one end of the country to the other in search of the hidden stories of Japan's wild foods, the people who pick them, and the places whose histories they've shaped. Basho's Haiku Journeys By Freeman Ng, Illustrated by Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem The seventeenth-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho practically invented the haiku. He's most famous for his travel journals. But how did he come to be such a traveler in the first place? This delightful volume—composed entirely in haiku based on the poet's written travelogues and illustrated with vibrant hand-painted scenes—tells the true story of Basho's decision to abandon his comfortable city life and of the five great journeys he then took across the length and breadth of Japan. Japan from Anime to Zen: Quick Takes on Culture, Art, History, Food...and More By David Watts Barton This friendly guide offers concise but detailed demystifications of more than 85 aspects of ancient and modern Japan. It can be read in sequence, or just dipped into, depending on the moment’s need. Explanations go much deeper than a typical travel guide and cover 1,500 years of history and culture, everything from geisha to gangsters, haiku to karaoke, the sun goddess to the shogunate . . . and anime to Zen. The Minamata Story: An EcoTragedy By Sean Michael Wilson, Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima A powerful graphic novel /manga that tells the story of "Minamata disease," a debilitating and sometimes fatal condition caused by the Chisso chemical factory's careless release of methylmercury into the waters of the coastal community of Minamata in southern Japan. First identified in 1956, it became a hot topic in Japan in the 1970s and 80s, growing into an iconic struggle between people versus corporations and government agencies. This struggle is relevant today, not simply because many people are still living with the disease but also because, in this time of growing concern over the safety of our environment--viz. Flint, Michigan--Minamata gives us as a very moving example of such human-caused environmental disasters and what we can do about them. Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch Edited by Rebecca Copeland and Linda C. Ehrlich Alluring, nurturing, dangerous, and vulnerable the yamamba, or Japanese mountain witch, has intrigued audiences for centuries. What is it about the fusion of mountains with the solitary old woman that produces such an enigmatic figure? And why does she still call to us in this modern, scientific era? Co-editors Rebecca Copeland and Linda C. Ehrlich first met the yamamba in the powerful short story “The Smile of the Mountain Witch” by acclaimed woman writer Ōba Minako. The story revealed the compelling way creative women can take charge of misogynistic tropes, invert them, and use them to tell new stories of female empowerment.

  • Announcing The Thorn Puller by Hiromi Ito

    Stone Bridge Press is pleased to announce the first publication under our new imprint MONKEY, Hiromi Ito's The Thorn Puller. We are also proud to share that The Thorn Puller is the recipient of the 2020-2021 William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation. The Thorn Puller By Hiromi Ito Translated by Jeffrey Angles Publisher: Stone Bridge Press Imprint: MONKEY Release Date: 08/26/2022 No. Pages: 280 Dimensions: 5.5 x 8 inches Format: Print & Digital Price: $18.95 ISBN: 9781737625308 The first novel to appear in English by award-winning author Hiromi Ito explores the absurdities, complexities, and challenges experienced by a woman caring for her two families: her husband and daughters in California and her aging parents in Japan. As the narrator shuttles back and forth between these two starkly different cultures, she creates a powerful and entertaining narrative about what it means to live and die in a globalized society. Hiromi Ito came to national attention in Japan in the 1980s for her groundbreaking poetry about pregnancy, childbirth, and female sexuality. After relocating to the U.S. in the 1990s, she began to write about the immigrant experience and biculturalism. In recent years, she has focused on the ways that dying and death shape human experience. English translations include Killing Kanoko and Wild Grass on the Riverbank. Jeffrey Angles is a writer and professor of Japanese at Western Michigan University. He is the first non-native poet writing in Japanese to win the Yomiuri Prize for Literature, a highly coveted prize for poetry. His translation of the modernist classic The Book of the Dead by Shinobu Orikuchi won both the Miyoshi Award and the Scaglione Prize for translation. The Thorn Puller is the proud recipient of the 2020-2021 William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation. The William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation is an annual competition coordinated by the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. Sibley was Associate Professor Emeritus in East Asian Languages &Civilizations and a renown scholar and translator of Japanese literature. He is best known for his work, The Shiga Hero, first published in 1979 by the University of Chicago Press, which introduced Western readers to the fiction of Shiga Naoya, one of Japan’s foremost modern writers. In keeping with Sibley’s lifelong devotion to translation and to the place of literature in the classroom, up to $3000 is awarded each year as a publishing subvention for translations of Japanese literature into English.

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  • Murasaki Shikibu

    Stone Bridge Press Authors Murasaki Shikibu From her wikipedia page: Murasaki Shikibu (紫 式部, English: Lady Murasaki; c. 973 or 978 – c. 1014 or 1031) was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, widely considered to be the world's first novel, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012.[1] Murasaki Shikibu is a descriptive name; her personal name is unknown, but she may have been Fujiwara no Kaoruko (藤原 香子), who was mentioned in a 1007 court diary as an imperial lady-in-waiting. Heian women were traditionally excluded from learning Chinese, the written language of government, but Murasaki, raised in her erudite father's household, showed a precocious aptitude for the Chinese classics and managed to acquire fluency. She married in her mid-to late twenties and gave birth to a daughter before her husband died, two years after they were married. It is uncertain when she began to write The Tale of Genji, but it was probably while she was married or shortly after she was widowed. In about 1005, Murasaki was invited to serve as a lady-in-waiting to Empress Shōshi at the Imperial court by Fujiwara no Michinaga, probably because of her reputation as a writer. She continued to write during her service, adding scenes from court life to her work. After five or six years, she left court and retired with Shōshi to the Lake Biwa region. Scholars differ on the year of her death; although most agree on 1014, others have suggested she was alive in 1031. Murasaki wrote The Diary of Lady Murasaki, a volume of poetry, and The Tale of Genji . Within a decade of its completion, Genji was distributed throughout the provinces; within a century it was recognized as a classic of Japanese literature and had become a subject of scholarly criticism. Early in the 20th century her work was translated; a six-volume English translation was completed in 1933. Scholars continue to recognize the importance of her work, which reflects Heian court society at its peak. Since the 13th century her works have been illustrated by Japanese artists and well-known ukiyo-e woodblock masters. Titles by Author A String of Flowers, Untied… by Murasaki Shikibu A new translation of the most lyrical moments from Japan's great classical romance. Read More

  • New Quality Books on Asia | Stone Bridge Press

    SBP 2021-2022 Catalog New Books Load More Titles A Shameful Life by Osamu Dazai, translated by Mark Gibeau A new translation of one of the greatest works of postwar Japanese literature, acutely capturing modern anxiety and alienation. Read More China Smart by Larry and Qin Herzberg Essential essays on all things Chinese that inform and entertain travelers, students, and anyone working or living in China. Read More Exploring Kyoto by Judith Clancy The Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples.... Read More My Heart Sutra By Frederik L. Schodt A cultural and personal journey into the famous sutra that teaches "form is emptiness; and emptiness is form." Read More Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man by Steve Alpert A unique behind-the-scenes look at Japanese business and how the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki were introduced to the world. Read More The Thorn Puller By Hiromi Ito Introducing Hiromi Ito, an award-winning Japanese author who has been compared to Haruki Murakami and Yoko Tawada. Read More Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan by Amy Chavez Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right! Read More Easy and Fun Hiragana by Kiyomi Ogawa & Orrin Cummins Learn the basic Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples. Read More Forty-Seven Samurai by Hiroaki Sato One of the most spectacular vendettas ever: the history and haiku behind the mass-suicide featured in the 2013 film 47 Ronin. Read More My Year of Dirt and Water by Tracy Franz Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery. Read More The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross by T.K. Nakagaki A remarkable cross-cultural history that rescues the swastika, an ancient Buddhist symbol, from its deployment by the forces of hate. Read More The Way Forward (vol. 5) ​ How China became the China we know today, through war and societal transformation. Read More Basho's Haiku Journeys ​ Haiku tell the story of the poet Basho and the diaries he wrote while walking throughout Japan in the 1600s. Read More Easy and Fun Katakana by Kiyomi Ogawa & Orrin Cummins Learn the second key Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples. Read More Japan from Anime to Zen By David Watts Barton An accessible compendium of the most important aspects of Japanese arts, culture and history, for quick reference or a longer, in-depth read, for actual and armchair travelers alike. Read More Of Arcs and Circles ​ A renowned designer of Japanese gardens contemplates wildness, humanity, beauty, the liquid state of the world. Read More The Fourth String by Janet Pocorobba Two women. Two cultures. One music. Read More Tokyo Junkie By Robert Whiting 60 years of observation: an American journalist’s memoir about Tokyo’s modern urban transformation, its criminal underworld and, oh yes, baseball. Read More Bird Talk and Other Stories by Xu Xu by Xu Xu, translated by Frederik H. Green Works of a major Chinese writer--liberal, cosmopolitan, and lyrically exotic--once banned but now embraced... Read More Eating Wild Japan By Winifred Bird A delicious collection of essays, recipes, and practical plant information exploring Japan's thriving culture of foraged foods. Read More Kanazawa ​ In Kanazawa, Japan, Emmitt and his wife Mirai clash over how to pursue their future together until a 30-year-old mystery reveals a way forward. Read More Oh, Tama! by Mieko Kanai A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound. Read More The Minamata Story by Akiko Shimojima The true story of how one Japanese village suffered and survived the mercury poisoning of its waters. Read More Tokyo Stroll by Giles Poitras The ultimate guidebook to walking the streets of Tokyo that Japan lovers and the curious have been waiting for. Read More Collections JAPAN JAPAN LANGUAGE LANGUAGE CHINA CHINA LITERATURE LITERATURE TRAVEL TRAVEL CULTURE FOOD & DESIGN CULTURE FOOD & DESIGN FILM ANIME & MANGA FILM ANIME & MANGA PHILOSOPHY & RELGION PHILOSOPHY& RELIGION

  • Gilles Poitras

    Stone Bridge Press Authors Gilles Poitras Gilles Poitras is a writer on anime, manga and Japanese culture. He has taken his popular anime website and created a print version in the form of The Anime Companion that's filled with curious details and fresh insights drawn from dozens of the most popular anime. Gilles Poitras is a California librarian who first discovered anime in 1977. As a fan of films he was attracted by the use of cinematic efffects in ways that he had never seen in animation. He has been interviewed in several documentaries on anime and writes a monthly column on anime for Newtype USA magazine. Titles by Author The Anime Companion by Giles Poitras Become an expert on cultural details commonly seen in Japanese animation, movies, comics and TV shows. Read More Tokyo Stroll by Giles Poitras The ultimate guidebook to walking the streets of Tokyo that Japan lovers and the curious have been waiting for. Read More

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