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  • 2014/02/18 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 18, 2014, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction, 4 of other categories, and 2 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Yusuke Kishi, Kurimuzon no meikyu (The Crimson Labyrinth)■ Yusuke Kishi, Kuroi ie (The Black House)■ Ito Ogawa, … Details

  • 2014/02/03 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 3, 2014, adding synopses for 9 works of fiction and 5 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes go to Oyamada, Asai, Himeno," was also added to … Details

  • 2014/01/21 News

    Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes go to Oyamada, Asai, Himeno

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    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 150th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes, awarded for the second half of 2013. The Akutagawa was given to Hiroko Oyamada for her novella Ana (The Hole, published in the September 2013 issue of Shinchō magazine). Two writers received the Naoki: Makate Asai for … Details

  • 2014/01/17 Updates

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    A Happy New Year to all our readers, and thank you for your continued interest in Books from Japan. Books from Japan was updated on January 17, 2014, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, 4 of other categories, and 6 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English … Details

  • 2014/01/14 Column

    Translating Ryotaro Shiba's "Saka no ue no kumo" (Clouds above the Hill)

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    Ryotaro Shiba has been called a kokuminteki sakka (a truly national writer) by many people, including my friend Fumihiko Katayama, chief priest of the Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo, near where I live. Many people I know personally have shown more interest in and enthusiasm for the project of translating Shiba’s massive work of blended … Details

  • 2013/12/17 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on December 17, 2013, adding synopses for 10 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Children & YA■ Yumiko Fukuzawa, Mori ichiban no otomodachi?Ookina Kuma-san to chiisana Yamane-kun (Best Friends in the Forest?Big Bear and Little … Details

  • 2013/12/02 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on December 2, 2013, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 2 of other categories, and 5 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Keigo Higashino, Manatsu no hoteishiki (The Midsummer Equation)■ Yumeaki Hirayama, Kaidan … Details

  • 2013/11/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 15, 2013, adding synopses for 9 works of fiction, 1 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.) Literature/Fiction■ Jiro Asada, Metoro ni notte (On the Metro)■ Jiro Asada, Tsubakiyama kacho … Details

  • 2013/11/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 1, 2013, adding synopses for 10 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, and 5 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Shinji Aoyama, Yuriika (Eureka)■ Keigo Higashino, Kakko no tamago wa dare no … Details

  • 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