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Haniwa: 3-part novella………….
Oct20

Haniwa: 3-part novella………….

Part I by Blair Reeve     I. The genesis of my own story about haniwa resides in another—an ancient Japanese legend I came across in Tokyo three years ago. My wife and I were living in Minato-ku at that time, planning for a family, although a year had gone by without success. This wasn’t a surprise. The doctor had told me in private, “Haruka is in her thirties. At that age, her chances are greatly reduced.” When I came across the...

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Japan Fiction Today

10 Contemporary Japanese Writers You Should Know by  Kathleen Massara….. Kenzaburo Oe, Banana Yoshimoto, Haruki Murakami, Ryu Murakami, Natsuo Kirino, Shintaro Ishihara, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Teru Miyamoto, Amy Yamada and Kenzo Kitakata                                   Kenzaburo Oe hails from the forests of Shikoku, a quiet island in southern Japan. He began writing seriously in 1957, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature almost...

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Bending Adversity Book Review

  BENDING ADVERSITY: Japan and the Art of Survival. By David Pilling. Allen Lane Literary Review – December   Review by Bill Emmott, independent writer and consultant on international affairs.            Working in Japan as a foreign correspondent, as your reviewer did three decades ago for The Economist and as David Pilling did brilliantly for the Financial Times from 2002-08, can be a frustrating business. You quickly realize...

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JAPANTOWN
Oct26

JAPANTOWN

  Barry Lancet's thriller novel reviewed by Steve Sacks:  Aside from the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown, Japan has not been much in the international headlines since the “Japan as No. 1” days of the 1980s. In 1992 the Japanese bubble economy burst, but not before spawning Michael Crichton’s archetypal thriller Rising Sun, which looms large in the background of Japantown, author Barry Lancet’s first work...

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BOOK REVIEW of Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima

By Naoki Inose and Hiroaki Sato Translated by Hiroaki Sato Reviewed by Will Eells, re-posted with permission from Three Percent, a resource for international literature at the University of Rochester       the first biography of Mishima to appear in English in over thirty years Yukio Mishima is about as famous as he is infamous. The enormous body of work left behind almost outshines his shocking public suicide after taking hostages...

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Found Japan

Introducing author, business person, long time Japan-resident and cultural pioneer, Amy Katoh When I first arrived here in 1971, many traditional skills and crafts had already been lost. It seemed that most Japanese simply did not appreciate the genius of their own culture. Since then, I have been watching a turnaround in awareness. Amy Katoh, a cultural pioneer in Tokyo since her arrival in the 1960s, has written four books (the...

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