Japan Now, a British festival celebrating contemporary Japanese literature and art, is now in its third year. What a magical thing it is to bring authors from Japan to meet people who love their books.
Five more Japanese woman authors you should be reading.
Michael Emmerich has been endlessly criticized by reviewers and readers alike for “Americanizing” in his translations, something he pays very close attention to. I know, because this is how he […]
William Maxwell Bickerton, September 1924. Property of the National Library of New Zealand. At Wednesday’s Tsuda lecture at SOAS, Professor Norma Field, in discussing the Japanese proletarian cultural movement in […]
Faber’s cover for the 50th anniversary edition of The Bell Jar is so horrifically misrepresentative that it’s almost endearing. If somebody can be tricked into buying it in Tesco because it looks like a […]
Originally performed by Yamaguchi Yoshiko (aka Li Xianglan or Ri Kouran) in the 1941 film Suzhou Nights (蘇州の夜), the song “Suzhou Nocturne”, though beautiful, has an inescapably nasty history. Yamaguchi, born in […]
The Ways of Young Women Today 現代若き女性気質集 (Gendai wakaki josei kishitsu shû) OKAMOTO Kanoko (岡本かの子) (Note: This piece doesn’t seem to have been published during Okamoto’s lifetime (1886 – 1939) , […]