Tag Archives: Japan

Some Thoughts on 2020, Coronavirus and Emergency Remote Teaching by Dr Eleanor Yamaguchi

This month, it’s a great honour and pleasure for me to share the following blog post by Dr Eleanor Yamaguchi. Originally from the UK, this highly educated Japanophile has been living in the Land of the Rising Sun for a third of her lifespan. Dr Yamaguchi is currently working as an Associate Professor at Kyoto Prefectural…

Sakura 桜 (Cherry Blossoms) — A True Story by Don MacLaren

In celebration of the cherry blossom season in Japan, here’s a slightly steamy true story about love, passion, feelings, and the transient nature of life titled “Sakura 桜 (Cherry Blossoms)” by Don MacLaren, an accomplished writer and Japanologist. MacLaren spent many years living and working in Japan. His understanding of the way Japanese people think…

MURAKAMI 2020 DIARY GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

This competition is now closed. The winner is Ramses Cabello from Denmark!   It’s time for another giveaway competition!! I will send one lucky winner the oh-so-stylish MURAKAMI 2020 DIARY! All you need to do for a chance to win is to leave a reply in the comments section below with the title of your favourite Haruki Murakami…

Review of ‘The Memory Police’ by Yōko Ogawa for Books on Asia

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) (Pantheon, Random House August 13, 2019) This internationally-acclaimed writer transports you to a disturbing dystopian island where everyone and everything gradually disappears, leaving its vulnerable inhabitants at the mercy of a terrifying totalitarian regime. Imagine, if you will, waking up knowing something seems strange, eerie…