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  • 2013/10/18 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 18, 2013, adding synopses for 10 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 8 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "Coloring books for seniors: keep your hands busy and your … Details

  • 2013/10/15 Column

    Coloring books for seniors: keep your hands busy and your brain will thank you

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    Japanese has many idioms and sayings that refer to te—the hands. Back-scratchers, for example—those long skinny devices typically made of wood that allow us to scratch itchy spots we could not otherwise reach—are known as mago no te, "grandchild's hand." The expression neko no te mo karitai—literally, "we'd like to borrow even the hands of … Details

  • 2013/10/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 1, 2013, adding synopses for 9 works of fiction, 3 of nonfiction, and 8 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) The Japan Foundation website has also been updated as follows:Fall 2013 issue of … Details

  • 2013/09/24 News

    Fall 2013 issue of Japanese Book News now available

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    The Fall 2013 issue of Japanese Book News, a quarterly newsletter published by the Japan Foundation, can now be viewed online at http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/publish/jbn/index.html. The newsletter provides brief descriptions of selected new books as well as information on publishing trends in Japan. … Details

  • 2013/09/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 15, 2013, adding synopses for 7 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 12 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Also, be sure to take a look at our new Frankfurt Book … Details

  • 2013/09/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 1, 2013, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 23 of nonfiction, and 6 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Mitsuyo Kakuta, Mazakon (Mother Complex)■ Gen'ichiro Takahashi, Sayonara Kurisutofa Robin (Goodbye, Christopher … Details

  • 2013/08/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on August 15, 2013, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 19 of nonfiction, and 11 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Seiko Ito, Sozo rajio (Imagination Radio)■ Yoko Ogawa, Hakase no aishita sushiki … Details

  • 2013/08/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on August 1, 2013, adding synopses for 7 works of fiction, 25 of nonfiction, 9 children & YA titles, and 1 language text. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Two new articles, "Fujino and Sakuragi garner Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes" and … Details

  • 2013/07/29 News

    Discover 21 president talks about how to produce hit books

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    An interview with Yumiko Hoshiba, president of the Discover 21 publishing house,can be read here: How Japan's Discover 21 Hits Hot Trends to Produce Bestsellers … Details

  • 2013/07/18 News

    Fujino and Sakuragi garner Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes

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    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 149th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes, awarded for the first half of 2013. The Akutagawa went to Kaori Fujino (1980?) for her novella Tsume to me (Nails and Eyes; to be published by Shinchosha), while the Naoki was awarded to Shino Sakuragi (1965?) for … Details

  • 2013/07/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 15, 2013, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 21 of nonfiction, and 3 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Arimasa Osawa, Pandora airando (Pandora Island)■ Tomoka Shibasaki, Watashi ga inakatta machi … Details

  • 2013/07/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 1, 2013, adding synopses for 1 work of fiction, 7 works of nonfiction, and 13 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) The Japan Foundation website has also been updated as follows:Summer 2013 issue … Details

  • 2013/06/24 News

    Summer 2013 issue of Japanese Book News now available

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    The Summer 2013 issue of Japanese Book News, a quarterly newsletter published by the Japan Foundation, can now be viewed online at http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/publish/jbn/. The newsletter provides brief descriptions of selected new books as well as information on publishing trends in Japan. … Details

  • 2013/06/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 15, 2013, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 19 of nonfiction, and 3 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "A wild monster chase: yokai and Haruki Murakami," was also … Details

  • 2013/06/06 Column

    A wild monster chase: yokai and Haruki Murakami

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    If any one word sums up the canon of Haruki Murakami's fiction, it is "weird." For the record, I mean that as a compliment. But even the most ardent fan of Murakami in translation—and as we all know, there's a lot of them these days—would be forgiven for missing the echoes of traditional Japanese horror … Details

  • 2013/06/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 1, 2013, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction, 3 of nonfiction, and 13 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "The allure of the historical?confessions of a translator," was also … Details

  • 2013/05/30 Column

    The allure of the historical—confessions of a translator

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    Historical fiction has been a mainstay of the Japanese literary scene since about 1000 AD, when Murasaki Shikibu penned the opening lines of her classic Tale of Genji: In a certain reign (whose can it have been?) someone of no very great rank, among all His Majesty's Consorts and Intimates, enjoyed exceptional favor.(Translated by Royall Tyler, … Details

  • 2013/05/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on May 15, 2013, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction, 8 of nonfiction, and 4 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "On Haruki Murakami's new novel: Liszt's 'Years of Pilgrimage' turned … Details

  • 2013/05/14 Column

    On Haruki Murakami's new novel: Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage" turned extravaganza

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    It's not unusual for the title of a Haruki Murakami work to refer to a piece of music. "Norwegian Wood," for example, or "South of the Border, West of the Sun." Even when the title makes no such overt reference, music may be featured memorably in the narrative itself, as with Leoš Janáček's Sinfonietta in Murakami's previous novel, … Details

  • 2013/04/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on April 15, 2013, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 7 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "'Light' love stories all the rage," was also added to … Details