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April 9, 2018

Great Japanese Writers: Ryu Murakami

From enfant terrible of the Japanese literary scene to master of its dark arts, Ryu Murakami’s sinister world and black humor have been delighting readers for more than four decades.

Great Japanese Writers: Fuminori Nakamura
March 16, 2018

Great Japanese Writers: Fuminori Nakamura

Fuminori Nakamura was born in Nagoya in 1977 but has made Tokyo his home and muse in the decades since….

February 21, 2018

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Comfortably Numb

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

February 16, 2018

Discovery: 5 Japanese Science Fiction Authors

When people think about Japanese science fiction, thoughts tend to swing towards manga, anime and live action movies. Gundam, Atom…

February 5, 2018

Winter Tour: Strolling and Snowshoeing Through Gifu’s Hidden Spots

Northern Gifu has much to offer in winter. Let Satoyama Experience guide you through the streets and hills of Hida-Furukawa in this winter wonderland.

January 19, 2018

The Only Gaijin the Village: New Year’s Day

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

January 10, 2018

New Year, New Books: Japanese Literature for 2018

This series tends to look back at Japanese literature that is already available in translation but seeing as this is…

December 22, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Paint it Black

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

December 11, 2017

Great Japanese Writers: Miyuki Miyabe

Enjoy genre-jumping with this popular author who has written across science fiction, mystery, historical fiction, children’s fiction, young adult, fantasy, crime, thriller and horror

November 17, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Happy When it Rains

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

Great Japanese Writers Hiromi Kawakami
November 13, 2017

Great Japanese Writers: Hiromi Kawakami

It seems there is always a need in the market for a quirky, left-field Japanese novelist, and with the decline…

October 20, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Wuthering Heights

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

October 12, 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro: Time Out of Mind

An overview of Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels.

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