Tag Archives: Short Story

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…

Stick Out Your Tongue in Secret — My Murakami-esque Short Story for Books on Asia

My latest short story pays homage to the genre of magical realism and Japan’s bestselling novelist Haruki Murakami. Read the full story for free on Books on Asia. Stick Out Your Tongue in Secret – A Murakami-esque Short Story It was the most traumatic night of my young life. A chilling experience for a thirteen-year-old…

A Delightful Short Story from The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

I’m currently reading The Pillow Book, a 10th century Japanese diary from the Heian period. This book is a fascinating journal written by a poet and author called Sei Shōnagon, a court lady who served Empress Consort Teishi just over 1,000 years ago. Through her observations and musings, Shōnagon has provided incredible insight into court life…

Read a Short Story from TOKYO TALES called ‘My Cute Kawaii Boutique’ with an Illustration by Yoshimi OHTANI –

My Cute Kawaii Boutique is the first of fifteen exciting short stories from my latest book Tokyo Tales: A Collection of Japanese Short Stories. This particular story is a tale about the “kawaii” obsession in Japan that is gaining popularity throughout the world, as well as personal growth and strong family ties. As an extra…