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  • My Year of Dirt and Water

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 7/10/18 # of Pages 308 Dimensions 5 x 8" Price (Print/Ebook) $16.95/$9.95 PISBN 9781611720426 EISBN 9781611729306 My Year of Dirt and Water Journal of a Zen Monk’s Wife in Japan Author Tracy Franz In February 2004, when her American husband, a recently ordained Zen monk, leaves home to train for a year at a centuries-old Buddhist monastery, Tracy Franz embarks on her own year of Zen. An Alaskan alone—and lonely—in Japan, she begins to pay attention. is a record of that journey. Allowed only occasional and formal visits to see her cloistered husband, Tracy teaches English, studies Japanese, and devotes herself to making pottery. Her teacher instructs her to turn cup after cup—creating one failure after another. Past and present, East and West intertwine as Tracy is twice compelled to return home to Alaska to confront her mother’s newly diagnosed cancer and the ghosts of a devastating childhood. My Year of Dirt and Water Revolving through the days, circles hard questions: What is love? What is art? What is practice? What do we do with the burden of suffering? The answers are formed and then unformed—a ceramic bowl born on the wheel and then returned again and again to dirt and water. My Year of Dirt and Water Preview "Intriguing... Franz writes in elegantly understated journal entries, each with a satisfying heft, like a rustic wabi-sabi tea bowl." —The New York Times "Tracy Franz's poignant memoir, , is full of carefully observed details. . . what emerges is a discreet love story, but also an account of a woman discovering her own inner strength while living in Japan." My Year of Dirt and Water — The Japan Times "Franz lovingly introduces readers to the intimate parts of Japanese culture and society, while using what she’s learned to look honestly at her own life.” —The Literary Review "Franz’s beautifully crafted memoir... is both immediate and reflective, full of anecdotes from Franz’s daily life as a gaijin as well as meditations on time, love, culture, and more." — Politics and Prose Bookstore "This is a book that, once begun, sends assumptions tumbling, one after the other.” — Kyoto Journal "An evocative look at the expat experience in Japan. . ." — Lion's Roar Magazine "Franz matches restraint with reflexiveness, the precision of her self-awareness countered by her telling omissions." — The Millions "While [Franz] profoundly misses her husband, this beautiful memoir is not about a woman waiting. She too is a student of Zen, of karate, of the Japanese language, and of traditional pottery." —Pacific Rim Review of Books "Franz has written a moving account of her experiences, not just what it’s like to be the wife of a Zen priest who is also a , but of what it’s like when you finally understand.” gaijin — Asian Review of Books "The beauty of the descriptions will make you want to pick up your own clay, or more likely, search out whatever piece of Japanese culture lies closest to your heart." — Ian Yates, GaijinPot takes readers on a personal journey of reflection, posing questions that are larger than the life in which they arose. The very act of reading this journal is meditative, prompting a profound stillness worth experiencing and definitely worth recommending." "My Year of Dirt and Water — World Literature Today " incorporates Zen, pottery, living abroad, and Franz’s past and present with skillful delicacy, connecting these elements as if by analogy. Traversing territory defined by lack, offers the singular pleasure of a story that 'obscures but is not obscured'." My Year of Dirt and Water My Year of Dirt and Water — Foreword Reviews "The vivid and highly distilled prose drew me in from the beginning and gave me the pleasurable sense of a journey to a world different from my own." — Tricycle Magazine “ is a wonderfully intimate and brave work. . . The reader will be enriched by a sanctuary of words, by the author’s heartbeat and compassionate sense of beauty.” My Year of Dirt and Water — , author of Richard Gilbert Poetry as Consciousness: Haiku Forests, Space of Mind, and an Ethics of Freedom (Keibunsha) "Crisp, glittering, deep and probing..." — Dai-En Bennage, translator of Zen Seeds "[Tracy Franz] is a warm, calm, and curious voice that allows us to see Japan in an accessible way." — Cannonball Read " turns out to be a narrative treat. Even the brief journal entries capture vibrant peeks into life in Japan—the good, the bad and the frustrating. From her pottery classes to family visits, Tracy Franz takes you to a sometimes magical and sometimes complex world, but one very much full in enriching experiences." My Year of Dirt and Water — JQ Magazine is filled with questions – on love and loneliness, on fulfillment and failure – and as Tracy ponders them (both behind and away from the potter’s wheel), it prompts a self-examination by the reader of their own state of awareness, happiness, and acceptance." "My Year of Dirt and Water — Uncovering Japan "While waiting for her husband to complete his year of formal training, Tracy teaches English at a university for young women, takes pottery classes from a Japanese teacher (hence the dirt and water), and chips away at her meditation practice. Amidst it all, she keeps a daily journal that eventually becomes this book. Her lyrical prose and sense of moment bring each vignette to life." — Sumeru Press "In a year apart from everyone she loves, Tracy Franz reconciles her feelings of loneliness and displacement into acceptance and trust. Keenly observed and lyrically told, her journal takes us deep into the spirit of Zen, where every place you stand is the monastery." — Karen Maezen Miller, author of Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden "It is a long poem, a string of koans and startling encounters, a clear dream of transmissions beyond words. And it is a remarkable love story that moved me to tears." — Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lamb and Lions, and co-author of Love in the Anthropocene "A remarkable account of a woman's sojourn, largely in Japan, while her husband undergoes a year-long training session in a Zen Buddhist monastery. Difficult, disciplined, and interesting as the husband's training toward becoming a monk may be, it is the author's tale that has our attention here." — John Keeble, author of seven books, including The Shadows of Owls Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Tracy Franz Her essays have most recently appeared in (Sumeru, 2016), , and . Lotus Petals in the Snow: Voices of Canadian Buddhist Women Lion’s Roar Tricycle Magazine Learn More

  • The Inland Sea

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 9/1/02 # of Pages 288 Dimensions 6 x 9" Price (Print/Ebook) $18./$9.95 PISBN 9781611720242 EISBN 9781611729160 The Inland Sea ​ Author Donald Richie In this acclaimed travel memoir, Donald Richie paints a memorable portrait of the island-studded Inland Sea. His existential ruminations on food, culture, and love and his brilliant descriptions of life and landscape are a window into an Old Japan that has now nearly vanished. Included are the twenty black and white photographs by Yoichi Midorikawa that accompanied the original 1971 edition. Preview " still gleams with the freshness of discovery. Years ago it was often called one of the great travel books, and so it seems today." The Inland Sea — The National Post "A welcome reissue of the book Richie published in 1971, which has been celebrated as a classic in travel literature." — Thomas BeVier, Foreword Reviews Winter 2016 Issue "It is a wonderful reminder of the joys of taking oneself out of one’s usual element, of the comfort of strangers, of drifting without fixed destination, and of those fleetingly satori moments of mindful self-awareness that snatch the solitary traveller." — Jasper Sharp, All The Anime "Richie’s book, on its surface a travel account, is a beautiful reflection on all things Japanese by one of the country’s most acute observers. Anyone with an interest in Japan would enjoy this book, and those lucky enough to be on a voyage through the Inland Sea even more so." — Longitude "A legendary book in the Japan field. The newest edition by Stone Bridge Press deserves a place of honor In your bookshelf—and in your mind." — Alexis Agliano Sanborn, JQ Magazine Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Donald Richie Well known for his instrumental role in introducing Japanese film to the West and for his travel memoir , which was adapted into a popular PBS documentary. The Inland Sea Learn More

  • Epochs of Chinese and Japanese Art

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 2/9/07 # of Pages 676 Dimensions 5.3 x 7.5" Price (Print/Ebook) $18.95/$2.95 PISBN 9781933330266 EISBN 9780893469627 Epochs of Chinese and Japanese Art An Outline History of East Asiatic Design Author Ernest F. Fenollosa Still regarded as a monumental survey of Eastern art, this comprehensive volume was intended for art collectors and general readers as well as travelers and scholars. It covers China and Korea in addition to Japan, and places a special emphasis on Buddhist influences. Preview Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) 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

  • The Little Exile

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 5/1/07 # of Pages 240 Dimensions 5 x 8" Price (Print/Ebook) $14.95/$7.95 PISBN 9781611720365 EISBN 9781611729238 The Little Exile ​ Author Jeanette S. Arakawa After Pearl Harbor, little Marie Mitsui, who considers herself a typical American girl, sees her life of school and playing with friends in San Francisco totally upended. Her family and 120,000 others of Japanese ancestry are forcibly relocated to internment camps far from home. Living conditions in the camps are harsh, life after camp is similarly harsh, but in the end, as she and her family make their way back to San Francisco, Marie sees hope for the future. Told from a child’s perspective, The Little Exile deftly conveys Marie’s innocence, wonder, fear, and outrage. Though names and some details have been altered, this is the author's own life story. She believes that underlying everyone's experience, no matter how varied, are threads of humanity that bind us all. It is her hope that readers of all ages are able to find those threads in her story. Preview "Jeanette Arakawa has done a masterful job in bringing this tragic story to life. It should be required reading in our schools. We have to make sure that what happened to my parents, and tens of thousands of other Japanese-Americans, never happens again. belongs on everyone's shelf.” The Little Exile — Prof. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics, author of Physics of the Impossible "Arakawa revisits the fear, confusion and injustice her family experienced during World War II... Describes years of displacement and privation as she comes to understand the meaning of discrimination in the land of the free. " — The Mercury News "Deeply moving and poignant" — Gayle Noguchi, Wheel of Dharma "A literary-cultural-historical gift" — Asian American Literature Fans "Through the sharp and observant eyes of a preteen child, Jeanette Arakawa offers a readable, matter-of-fact account of wartime upheaval and the imprisonment of her family and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans. . . . should be required reading for every schoolchild and every U.S. government official.” The Little Exile — Sharon Noguchi, journalist "An illuminating glimpse inside a stolen life." — 101 Books About Japan "Moving, beautiful, and important." — Doug Dorst, New York Times Best-selling author of S (with JJ Abrams) and Alive in Necropolis "A delightful read for all ages — a young heroine who prevails through the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Marie Mitsui is as tenacious as a Hayao Miyazaki heroine, so perhaps, rather than a 1940s movie that rarely had Asian faces, you might discover an inspiring animation as you read . The Little Exile — Nichi Bei "With the deftness and colorful detail of a gifted artist, Arakawa captures the WWII confinement experience of Japanese Americans as seen through the eyes of a young child. Little Marie’s innocent wisdom and spritely audacity frame the enormity of the trauma along with the minutiae of everyday life confined by barbed wire. Her story tugs at the conscience and inspires human kindness.” — Satsuki Ina, Ph.D., Producer, PBS documentary, Children of the Camps "Arakawa’s detailed child’s eye view of that story is by turns funny, angry, and sad, like most children are. It is a worthwhile addition to the camp memoir club." — Densho "Arakawa tells her remarkable story with neither bitterness nor anguish but spares no details of the disturbing experience." 5/5 — San Francisco Book Review "Set amidst the tumult and trauma of displacement and incarceration, Arakawa offers us the moving and poignant story of a young girl whose American identity is constantly challenged. dramatically captures not only the broad historical injustices, but also the small acts of kindness and cruelty that leave such an indelible impression on our lives." The Little Exile — Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley "These are experiences that need to be remembered" — Kirkus Reviews "Few books about Japanese American incarceration capture so vividly the feel of community before the war, during the incarceration, and in the postwar relocation years. Arakawa has written an epic story in small, exquisitely remembered vignettes that glow with humor, warmth, and her own and her family's wisdom." — Gil Asakawa, author of Being Japanese American "An evocative excursion into a young person’s life being drastically inverted." — The International Examiner " is a memoir worth reading. One piece of advice though: be prepared to read it in multiple sittings. My heart needed time between chapters or it would’ve broken." The Little Exile — Hippocampus Magazine " has a renewed and special relevance for today's national discussion related to immigration issues and the unhappy willingness of a great many Americans to repeat the errors of our past." The Little Exile — The Midwest Book Review "[ ] gives us a peak into the racism and the hate Japanese Americans had to endure during those years—but also the small acts of kindness that they also experienced too. These kinds of stories are important." The Little Exile — 8Asians "Arakawa takes readers on a journey through the brutal challenges that many Japanese Americans faced." — JQ Magazine Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Jeanette S. Arakawa Born in San Francisco, California to Japanese immigrants. During World War II, she was part of a diaspora that took her to Stockton, California, Rohwer, Arkansas, and Denver, Colorado. Learn More

  • The Name of the Flower

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 9/1/94 # of Pages 152 Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5" Price (Print/Ebook) $16.95 PISBN 9781880656099 EISBN NA The Name of the Flower (Out of Print) Author Kuniko Mukoda Over a dozen unsettling and eccentric stories chart the distances between men and women and between people and their memories of the past. Mixing startling visual details and plot twists with subtle changes of hue and texture, these tales of ordinary Japanese families offer vivid portraits of secret unhappiness and betrayal of men trapped by obsession and insecurity, of women finding strength and sorrow in their ability to silently endure. A wife's devoted effort to make her husband more refined is met by a vulgar betrayal. A fish mysteriously appears in a kitchen one afternoon, and no one but the philandering husband knows why. A young wife-to-be revels in the attention she gets from her fiance's assistant, until she finds out what he's really after. A man takes a day off work and discovers strange memories int he closets and drawers at home. A father worries that his daughter, like his own mother, may be incapable of controlling her sexuality. A satisfying blend of literary style and sharp observations on modern domestic life, this collection introduces the late Kuniko Mukoda as a sensitive writer with a calculating, mischievous intelligence. Preview Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Kuniko Mukoda Was born in Tokyo in 1929. A scriptwriter known for her domestic dramas for radio and television, she died in a tragic plane crash in 1981. Learn More

  • Anime Classics Zettai!

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 9/15/07 # of Pages 408 Dimensions 7 x 7" Price (Print/Ebook) $18.95 PISBN 9781933330228 EISBN 9781611725193 Anime Classics Zettai! 100 Must-See Japanese Animation Masterpieces Author Julie Davis Author Brian Camp From Stone Bridge Press, award-winning publishers of , , and , comes a must-have guide to 100 essential Japanese animation films, TV series, and made-for-video series, from 1950s classics to the latest Cartoon Network hits. Looking for something specific? Eight unique icons make reviews easy to browse. The Anime Encyclopedia Hayao Miyazaki The Astro Boy Essays From to , to , anime veterans Brian Camp and Julie Davis present over 100 black & white images alongside summaries, style notes, rare facts, viewer-discretion guides, and critical comments on films that fans absolutely must see. Akira Naruto Pokemon Sailor Moon Preview Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Julie Davis Writer and editor based in San Francisco. She is the former editor-in-chief of . Animerica: Anime & Manga Monthly 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

  • Mobile Suit Gundam

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 3/9/12 # of Pages 520 Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5" Price (Print/Ebook) $19.95 PISBN 9781611720051 EISBN NA Mobile Suit Gundam Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation Author Yoshiyuki Tomino Author/Translator Frederik L. Schodt In the world of the near future, an epic war rages between the Earth Federation and the rebel space colonies that call themselves the Principality of Zeon. The most fearsome weapons of the new era are the robotic vehicles knows as mobile suites, armored giants with the firepower of battleships. The Federation has pinned its hopes for victory on its advanced mobile suit prototypes, but when a young cadet named Amuro Ray becomes the pilot of the Gundam mobile suit, he discovers that machines alone will not be the decisive factor in the conflict. For a new stage of human evolution is dawning, and the future—if humanity has a future—may well belong to the Newtypes. Preview "A great read." —Asian Reporter Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Yoshiyuki Tomino One of Japan's best known science-fiction directors and best known for creating the anime franchise. Gundam 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

  • The Japanese Way of the Artist

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 7/1/07 # of Pages 512 Dimensions 6 x 7.7" Price (Print/Ebook) $22.95 PISBN 9781933330075 EISBN NA The Japanese Way of the Artist Living the Japanese Arts & Ways, Brush Meditation, The Japanese Way of the Flower Author H. E. Davey The three works anthologized here are essential to understanding the spiritual, meditative, and physical basis of all classical Japanese creative and martial arts. covers key concepts—like and “stillness in motion”—while the other two books show the reader how to use brush calligraphy and flower arranging to achieve mind-body unification. Illustrated with diagrams, drawings, and photographs. Living the Japanese Arts & Ways wabi (shodo) (ikebana) Preview Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) 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

  • Eating Wild Japan

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 03/09/21 # of Pages 264 Dimensions 6 x 8" Price (Print/Ebook) $18.95/$9.99 PISBN 9781611720617 EISBN 9781611729436 Eating Wild Japan Tracking the Culture of Foraged Foods, with a Guide to Plants and Recipes Author Winifred Bird Illustrator 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. Preview Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Winifred Bird Winifred Bird is a writer, translator, lifelong cook, and lover of plants both wild and domesticated. Learn More Paul Poynter Paul Poynter is an artist, tree climber, and woodsman living in Matsumoto, Japan. Learn More

  • Kanji Starter 2

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 9/1/06 # of Pages 197 Dimensions 4.1 x 5.7" Price (Print/Ebook) $9.95 PISBN 9781933330150 EISBN NA Kanji Starter 2 ​ Author Daiki Kusuya With just these two books, students can learn a quarter of the two thousand characters designated for "daily use" by the Japanese government. Volume 1 concentrates on pictographs and contains some two hundred kanji with memory aids, explanatory drawings, examples of kanji formation by combining elements, and common-use word compounds. Volume 2 contains three hundred more kanji, including those of more abstract construction. Each volume is in a handy size and contains a complete stroke-count index. Recommended as a classroom supplement for all levels. Preview Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Daiki Kusuya Born in Tokyo, a translator of scientific documents and author of Katakana Tangology. Learn More