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  • Announcing The Stone Bridge Podcast

    We've started a podcast! Hosted by our very own Stone Bridge Press publisher, Peter Goodman, The Stone Bridge Podcast features commentary on publishing and interviews on topics ranging from culture, language, and design to travel, and of course, books. In our first episode we speak with Gilles Poitras, author of the upcoming Tokyo travel guidebook Tokyo Stroll about Post-Covid Tokyo travel tips. It’s summer 2022 and Japan is set to open to tourists again after two years of pandemic-caused isolation. Top of anyone’s travel list is Tokyo, and who better to look at cool things to do there than Gilles Poitras, author of the forthcoming Stone Bridge book Tokyo Stroll: A Guide to City Sidetracks and Easy Excursions. He talks with publisher Peter Goodman about where to go, where to stay, and how to wander.

  • Announcing The Stone Bridge Substack

    We've joined Substack! Our substack, titled The Stone Bridge, will serve as a middle point between our books and your curiosities. It is where we hope to share excerpts, short stories, flash fiction, articles, and other cultural insights. The path begins here… Welcome to The Stone Bridge, the substack offshoot of award-winning independent publisher Stone Bridge Press. Founded over thirty years ago, Stone Bridge Press publishes books about Asia — especially Japan and China — on subjects as diverse as language, business, literature, manga/anime, design, travel, and culture. What to expect… The Stone Bridge serves as a middle point between our books and your curiosities. It is where we hope to share excerpts, short stories, flash fiction, articles, and other cultural insights. Our first post explores Old Japan and Donald Richie's The Inland Sea The pandemic has made travel difficult in recent years. In the case of Japan, impossible, as it elected to close its borders. Fortunately, reopening seems to be right around the corner. While we sit at home waiting for restrictions to ease, what recourse do we have but to travel vicariously through words and images?

  • Stories from 1970s Kyoto by former Studio Ghibli exec, Steve Alpert

    Stone Bridge Press is thrilled to share that Kyoto Stories, former Studio Ghibli exec Steve Alpert's second book following protagonist Don Ascher's time rambling through the beauty and traditions of 1970s Kyoto is now available everywhere. Don Ascher is a young American living in Kyoto in the 1970s. He is a student of Japanese. He also teaches English, works at a shabu-shabu restaurant, and hangs out in the company of gangsters, hostesses, housewives, tea teachers, and fellow foreigners. Set amidst the timeless beauty of the ancient capital and its garish modern entertainments, this collection of fanciful episodes from Don’s life is a window into Japanese culture and a chronicle of romance and human connections. Azby Brown is a leading authority on Japanese architecture, design, and environmentalism and the author of several groundbreaking books, including Small Spaces (1993), The Japanese Dream House (2001), The Very Small Home (2005), and The Genius of Japanese Carpentry (1989/2014). He is lead researcher for Safecast, a global citizen-science organization that pioneered crowdsourced environmental monitoring. Azby Brown has lived in Japan since 1985 Praise The author has taken the experiences of one Don Ascher, an American living in Kyoto during the 1970s, and fashioned seven stories about one man’s initiation into Japanese life as it was lived at that time in the small spaces and around the corners of the culture. The stories are full of interesting historical and cultural detail, and well describe the complexities of being a foreigner in the days before Kyoto was an international tourist destination." ⁠—Rebecca Otowa, author of At Home in Japan "These engaging stories bring to life what it was like to be a gaijin in 1970s Kyoto. From the tea ceremony to hostess bars, the narrative entertains as much as it informs. All in all, a delightful collection with many memorable moments." —John Dougill, founder of Writers in Kyoto and author of Kyoto: A Cultural and Literary History "Kyoto Stories is a subtle but sharply observed take on the “Japan journal” genre. By giving his characters space to speak, Alpert finds the human connection in even the most fish-out-of-water situations." —Matt Treyvaud, translator of Natsume Soseki's Ten Nights Dreaming "Playful, funny, intelligent, often nostalgic for people and places lost, Alpert is a true storyteller who carries readers through his collection with ease. These are some of the most honest and entertaining gaijin stories I’ve ever read.” —David Joiner, author of Kanazawa "These are not your regular Kyoto Stories: Alpert's conversational style draws you into a Japan that tourists never see, a Japan that lifers know, a Japan that is, for better or worse, long gone. A compulsive read, with all the pleasure of drinking late with a natural born raconteur." —Iain Maloney, author of The Only Gaijin in the Village

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  • Tokyo Stroll

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 11/22/22 # of Pages 496 Dimensions 5.5 x 8" Price (Print/Ebook) $22.95/$10.95 PISBN 9781611720587 EISBN 9781611729429 Tokyo Stroll A Guide to City Sidetracks and Easy Exploration Author Gilles Poitras The ultimate guidebook to walking the streets of Tokyo that Japan lovers and the curious have been waiting for. Tokyo Stroll is for travelers who want to walk and wander the streets and discover the city as it unfolds before their eyes. Select neighborhoods are profiled with detailed maps identifying locations and landmarks of interest. There is no “start at point A and go to point B” prescribed route. Instead readers are encouraged to wander as whimsy takes them. Food, shopping, and sights at every turn are provided with descriptions and over 150 maps to aid discovery. Also included are detailed notes on etiquette, money, and travel to make your trip to Tokyo as smooth as possible. Look no further, the ultimate guide to enjoying everything from popular destinations to the hidden gems of Tokyo is here. Tokyo Vice author Jake Adelstein, says in his Foreword: “If you want to know how it feels to live in an old neighborhood, dine on delights not yet splattered all over Instagram, see wonders hidden in narrow alleys, and know the meaning of the mystical monuments and statues in back alley shrines and temples, then this is the book for you. It’s so much more than a guidebook; it’s a Japanese history lesson, a conversation, an invitation to explore areas of the city you had no idea existed and rediscover parts of city you thought you knew.” Preview Goodreads Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Gilles Poitras 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. Learn More

  • Gilles Poitras

    Stone Bridge Press Authors Gilles Poitras Gilles Poitras has produced three books on anime and has written for magazines including NewType USA and Otaku USA and served as a member of the senior board of Mechademia . He has made presentations at various Japan-US friendship groups, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Smithsonian, and Pixar. He has been organizing trips to Japan since 2007. Gilles resides in Oakland, California. 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 Gilles Poitras The ultimate guidebook to walking the streets of Tokyo that Japan lovers and the curious have been waiting for. Read More

  • Authors of Quality Asian Books | Stone Bridge Press

    Authors Featured Author Frederik L. Schodt is the author of several acclaimed works on Japan and Japanese culture. He was befriended by "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka in the late 1970s and maintained a close relationship with him until his death in 1989. Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, Schodt frequently served as Tezuka's interpreter and is the translator of several of Tezuka's manga, including the 23-volume Astro Boy series. He won the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award in 2000 for helping to popularize manga overseas. In 2009, Fred was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Japanese Government for his work in helping to promote Japan's popular culture overseas. He lives in San Francisco. Learn More Abigail Friedman A retired diplomat and accomplished, award-winning haiku poet, began composing haiku in a haiku group that met at the foot of Mt. Fuji, led by Japanese haiku master Momoko Kuroda. Learn More Albert Wolfe Having struggled to learn Chinese outside of a classroom setting, understands how difficult and daunting learning a new language can be. He explores practical tips and tricks for becoming fluent in his book Chinese 24/7 . Learn More Amy Chavez Lived in Japan for 25 years and writes about cultural differences between Japan and the West for the Japan Times , Huffpo, and RocketNews24. Learn More Andrew Osmond A freelance journalist who has written about anime for fifteen years. His articles and reviews have appeared in Animerica, Total Anime, Neo, Manga Max, SFX, Sight and Sound, Empire, and other outlets. Learn More Azby Brown Azby Brown is a leading authority on Japanese architecture, design, and environmentalism and the author of several groundbreaking books. Learn More Brian Camp Program Manager at CUNY-TV in New York, was a regular contributor to Animerica: Anime & Manga Monthly, and has taught a course on anime at New York's School of Visual Arts. Learn More Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem is a San Francisco Bay Area-based poet and illustrator. Learn More Daiki Kusuya Born in Tokyo, a translator of scientific documents and author of Katakana Tangology. Learn More David Watts Barton David Watts Barton is a Berlin-based, award-winning freelance journalist who has covered popular music, culture, religion, travel and other topics for 40 years, in newspapers and magazines, on radio and online. Learn More Donna George Storey Has published over a hundred literary and erotic stories and essays in Prairie Schooner, Gettysburg Review, Fourth Genre, Wine Spectator, Best American Erotica, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica , and Best Women’s Erotica . Learn More Eve Kushner A writer in Berkeley, California. In addition to placing 315 articles in 35 markets, she has published two books. Both are in their second printings. Learn More Frank MacHovec A retired psychologist, has been a student of Eastern philosophies for decades and has previously published translations of several sacred works. He lives in eastern Virginia. Learn More Frederik H. Green Author of numerous articles and book chapters on the literature and culture of the Qing dynasty and the Republican Period, Sino-Japanese cultural relations, post-socialist Chinese cinema, and contemporary Chinese art. Learn More Freeman Ng Freeman Ng is a former Google software engineer turned haiku poet and writer. Learn More Gilles Poitras 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. Learn More Gregory Shepherd Studied Zen Buddhism since the early 1970s and is currently Associate Professor of music at Kauai Community College. Learn More Hanako Wakiyama Developed a love of art early on, and her first illustration project, Wendy Tokuda's Humphrey, the Lost Whale: A True Story, was published shortly after she completed college. Learn More Helen McCarthy The former editor of Anime UK and Manga Mania magazines and the author of several books. A winner of the Japan Festival Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese culture, McCarthy regularly curates films at the Barbican in London. Learn More Hiroaki Sato A prolific, award-winning translator of classical and modern Japanese poetry into English. American poet Gary Snyder has called Sato "perhaps the finest translator of contemporary Japanese poetry into American English." Learn More Hisao Inagaki Recipient of the 43rd Bukkyo Dendo Distinguished Service Award. The honour is presented to personalities who have made important contributions to the promotion of Buddhism. Learn More Akiko Shimojima A comic artist from Japan whose comics have been published by several companies in Japan as well as worldwide. Learn More Alexander Jacoby A lecturer in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK where he teaches contemporary Japanese cinema, has had a number of articles published on world cinema, with a particular emphasis on Japanese film. Learn More Andrew Horvat Visiting professor at Tokyo Keizai University and lecturer at Showa Women's University, teaches courses on cross-cultural communication, language policy, and Northeast Asian regional issues. Learn More Arturo Silva Arturo Silva spent 18 years in Tokyo and now lives in Vienna, Austria, where he teaches and writes about film. Learn More Basil Hall Chamberlin A professor of Japanese at Tokyo Imperial University and one of the foremost British. Japanologistsactive in Japan during the late 19th century. Learn More Brian Szepkouski President of Szepko International Inc., a consulting firm whose mission is developing individual and organizational effectiveness. Learn More Christian Tschumi Has written numerous articles on Japanese gardens and won awards, including the Ikea Award 1996 for landscape design and the Monbusho Grant 2000 from the Japanese Ministry of Education. Learn More David Joiner David Joiner's writing has appeared in literary journals and elsewhere, including Echoes: Writers in Kyoto 2017 , The Brooklyn Rail , Phoebe Journal , The Ontario Review , and The Madison Review. His first novel, Lotusland , set in contemporary Vietnam, was published in 2015 by Guernica Editions. Learn More Donald Richie Well known for his instrumental role in introducing Japanese film to the West and for his travel memoir The Inland Sea , which was adapted into a popular PBS documentary. Learn More Ernest F. Fenollosa An educator who helped introduce Westerners to traditional Japanese art forms. An important educator during the modernization of Japan during the Meiji Era, Fenollosa was an enthusiastic Orientalist who did much to preserve traditional Japanese art. Learn More Florence Temko Was the most prolific author on origami in the English language and a pioneer in spreading the art in the United States. She was the creator of more than 250 original origami designs and traveled in 31 countries where she met with many local artists and artisans. Learn More Fred Patten Discovered manga and anime in the 1970s and was a co-founder of the first American anime fan club in 1977. He has been writing about anime since the early 1980s for popular culture magazines like Starlog and for specialty magazines like Manga Max . Learn More Frederik L. Schodt Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, is an author and translator of impressive breadth. He has written extensively on Japanese manga, as well as on pop culture, technology, and history. Learn More Gil Asakawa The author of Being Japanese American (Stone Bridge Press, 2004) and co-author of The Toy Book (Knopf, 1991). Learn More Gregg Krech The author of the award winning book Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self Reflection (Stone Bridge Press). Learn More H. E. Davey Director of the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts. He has decades of training in Japanese yoga, healing arts, martial arts, and fine arts. Learn More Heidi Varian Began a taiko career in the 1980s, performing in feature film soundtracks, recordings and live events worldwide with San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Learn More Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama Immigrated to the United States in 1904 where he wrote The Four Immigrants Manga , an early example of autobiographical comics. Learn More Hiromi Ito Hiromi Ito came to national attention in Japan in the 1980s for her groundbreaking poetry about pregnancy, childbirth, and female sexuality. Learn More Holly Thompson Writes for children through adults and is the author of the novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press), the young adult verse novel Orchards (Delacorte/Random House), and the picture book The Wakame Gatherers (Shen's Books). Learn More Load More Authors

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