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  • A Pair of Book Reviews

    Japan Enchantment of the World By Barbara A. Somervill Japan Cultures of the World By Rex Shelley I recently checked the card catalogue at my small local library to see if there were any books about Japan available, either there or through the inter-library lending system. Surprisingly, there were a couple of books on Japan […]

  • Botchan

    Book Review Here’s a quick quiz. What is the object pictured here? And who is the man? Naturally, it is a banknote. And the reader can probably guess that it is Japanese. In that case, it is easy to deduce that the 1000 numerals in the corners indicate that it is a ¥1000 bill. Which […]

  • The Inland Sea

    Book Review The Inland Sea With 20 full-page photographs by Yoichi Midorikawa By Donald Richie In the central region of Japan, the Inland Sea stretches approximately 325 miles from the Kii Channel in the southeast, which opens on to the Pacific Ocean, to the Kammon Straits in the northwest that lead to the Sea of […]

  • Doing Business with the New Japan

    Book Review Doing Business with the New Japan Succeeding in America’s Richest International Market By James Day Hodgson, Yoshihiro Sano and John L. Graham In recent years it has been heartening to see the growing sophistication of analysis of Japan, the Japanese culture and the Japanese economic system that has been published in English. In […]

  • Japan Rising

    Book Review Japan Rising The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose By Kenneth B. Pyle There are so many things that are inexplicable about Japan and the Japanese people. For many years the whole reasoning of Japan behind the military action in Asia just before and during the Second World War was beyond my understanding. […]

  • Looking for the Lost

    Book Review Looking for the Lost Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan By Alan Booth Have you ever wanted to go roaming along the icy shores of Aomori Bay in the north of Japan? Or explore the windswept plains of the middle of Japan? Or hike in the hilly countryside of the southern island of Kyūshū […]

  • Living Abroad in Japan

    By Ruthy Kanagy It is encouraging to see the number of books that have been published in the past few years that are knowledgeable about Japan, the Japanese culture and the language. When I was first learning Japanese, there were few people who knew anything about Japan. In fact, when people found out that I […]

  • Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat

    Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen By Naomi Moriyama It is common knowledge that the longevity of the average Japanese citizen is unparalleled in the world today, with men living 80 years and women 86 years. In the United States those statistics are 75 years for men and 80 years for women on average. Over […]

  • The Enigma of Japanese Power

    By Karel van Wolferen Here is a snap quiz. Who is the prime minister of Japan? Give up? He is Noda Yoshihiko, who is also the former finance minister of Japan. If the reader was unable to answer the question, it does not surprise me. I recently attended an import/export conference sponsored by CBS and […]

  • The Reckoning

    By David Halberstam Sometime during the 1980s there was a clever advertisement that ran on the radio. It was sponsored by a major American automobile manufacturer. In the commercial, a car buyer complains that he has been to all of the Japanese car dealerships and all that they were selling was trucks. “Pick-up trucks, flatbed […]


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