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Hayao Miyazaki’s illustrated novel based on a Tibetan myth shines in new translation

Shuna’s Journey is an illustrated novel that follows a young prince from a hungry kingdom who breaks tradition, leaving his homeland to seek hardy grains to alleviate his people. He plans to return only...

The Monocle Book of Japan will inspire everything from research and discovery to an...

The Monocle Book of Japan, a culmination of years of reporting across the country by Monocle (a magazine covering global affairs, business, culture, design), is a gold-gilded coffee table treat. If book publishing was...

A snack of good food writing from Japan

MONKEY New Writing from Japan Volume 1 serves a food-themed buffet of piquant contemporary writing selections. The curation of short readings in MONKEY will please food lovers and book lovers alike with pungent emotional revelations, appetizing...

‘The Big Bath House’ highlights Japan’s communal bathing culture and multigenerational family love

The hardest part of going away to university was being in the absence of family. However, I always looked forward to the train ride that would take me home during the holiday months. Capturing...

A memoir of issues of sexism, racism and colonialism in Tessa McWatt’s “Shame On...

In Shame on Me, Tessa McWatt traces the intersecting issues of sexism, racism and colonialism down the latitudes of her body in a reflective investigation of her ancestry. Using body parts as chapter titles,...

“The Passenger: Japan”: A topical exploration of culture, social structures, politics and industry

Traveling may be off the table for a bit longer, but The Passenger: Japan is a perfect cure for wanderlust. A bookazine featuring 11 long-form pieces, stunning photographs and original illustrations, The Passenger provides...

“Sonata in K”, a poetic novella, imagines Kafka in a futuristic Los Angeles

Karen An-hwei Lee's first novella, Sonata in K, explores the absurdities and indignities of postmodernity in speculative prose about a clone—or breathing hologram, or illicitly constructed golem—of Franz Kafka. Kafka-san, as Miss. K, his "American-born...

“Welcome to Your Period”: An empowering, inclusive, vibrant handbook for any youth navigating their...

An essential guide to all things menstruation-related, Welcome to Your Period is the perfect starter manual for confronting the coming-of-age adventure of beginning menstruation. Yumi Stynes and Dr. Melissa Kang give youth the answers to hundreds...

“White Fox: Dilah and the Moonstone”: An orphaned fox’s journey to become human

White Fox is a McGuffin-chasing adventure story full of twists and wit about a young arctic fox named Dilah and his genuinely lovable friends, written by Chen Jiatong and translated by Jennifer Feeley.   When Dilah finds...

“Fifty Words for Rain” attempts to walk a tightrope that bursts asunder underfoot

Asha Lemmie’s debut novel, Fifty Words for Rain, plunges the reader into galvanic historical intrigue when Noriko Kamiza’s mother imparts this farewell message at the entrance to the palatial family estate, “Only your life...