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September 20, 2015

Two Writers’ Takes on Intercultural Love

If you have experienced the inevitable ups and downs that accompany a romantic relationship with someone from another culture, there…

June 16, 2015

Book Review: Monkey Business

Monkey Business offers the very latest dispatches from the frontlines of the Japanese literary scene.

May 18, 2015

Japan on Film: Geisha, Okiyas and Sweet Ice

Continuing my quest to sort the fact from the fiction when it comes to Japan’s representation on the big screen, I now take a closer look at Memoirs of a Geisha, the 2005 movie based on the novel of the same name.

May 5, 2015

Revisiting Haruki Murakami’s First Novel

In 1979 Gunzo magazine published a novella by an unknown young writer and quietly, with little fanfare or fireworks, a literary phenomenon was born.

April 13, 2015

Japan on Film: Swords, Samurai and Conversations

This series is dedicated to sorting the fact from the fiction when it comes to Japan on film.

September 3, 2014

Experiencing Japan Through Literature

Experience a Japan like no other in the pages of these books.