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May 19, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Chapter 3

In May 2016 my wife and I moved to rural Japan. I am the only foreigner in the village. This is my story.

May 8, 2017

9 Must-Read Books on Japanese History

Whether you’re new to the subject or are looking for more detail on an era or topic, here are nine books to get your Japanese history on.

April 21, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Chapter 2

A month after moving into our village, a time I’d been dreading came around: volunteer day…

April 10, 2017

Japanese Settings, International Themes: 14 Recommended Novels Set in Japan

Japan has long been a place of fascination and inspiration for writers from around the world. Here are 14 favorites.

March 29, 2017

The Only Gaijin In the Village: Chapter One

In a new short story series, writer Iain Maloney shares his experiences as the only foreigner in a Gifu village full of elderly people.

March 3, 2017

8 Contemporary Japanese Novelists (Who Aren’t Haruki Murakami)

Can’t wait for the new Murakami to be translated? Here are eight other Japanese authors you could check out while you’re waiting for the next wild, wind-up, hardboiled sheep chronicle chase on the shore.