Monday, October 31, 2005

The Inland Sea recommended at The Japan Times

In "Speaking Volumes" The Japan Times asks both staff and local readers to list their favorite books on Japan that are available in English. Staff writer Eric Prideaux recommends The Inland Sea: "This travel book exemplifies what I imagine the original mission of journalism to have been: to go somewhere far away, surrender yourself to the strange new environs, and send back reports so vivid and personal that they could have been taken straight from the pages of, yes, a journal. Taking us along on his voyages across the Inland Sea in Japan's southwest, Richie hypnotizes us with prose as gentle as the tide, then suddenly unleashes powerful insights."

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Monday, October 24, 2005

Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves reviewed at Midnight Eye

Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook is reviewed at Midnight Eye which you can read here.

Tom Mes signing Midnight Eye Guide at Lyon Asian Film Festival

Tom Mes, co-author of The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film, will be a guest at the Lyon Asian Film Festival in France, which takes place from November 7-14. He will be signing his new book, Iron Man and his SBP title at bookstore Decitre in Lyon on Saturday, November 12. Tom will also be on hand to introduce the rare double-bill screening of Shinya Tsukamoto's two most recent films, Haze and Tamamushi. Read more about the event here .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Frederik L. Schodt to speak at Chico State's "Shojo Manga!"

Frederik L. Schodt, author and translator of SBP titles such as Dreamland Japan, The Four Immigrants Manga and Mobile Suit Gundam, will be speaking and signing books at the "Shojo Manga! Girl Power!" event at California State University Chico on November 10. Read more about it in the press release and in the Orion.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Anime Companion 2 reviewed in Animeland

Animeland Issue 115 (October 2006) reviews The Anime Companion 2: More...What's Japanese in Japanese Animation?

jrock, ink. reviewed in Anime Insider

Anime Insider, October 2006: “If you’re a J-rock fan worth your piercings you can’t afford to be without this ultrasleek book… from icons like XJapan to modern stars like Dir en grey. It reads back-to-front, Japan-style, and features some really trippy and amazing art...”

Stray Dogs reviewed in The Daily Yomiuri

The Daily Yomiuri reviewed Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook in its September 11 issue: "What a superb book this is. Witty, informative, thorough and above all enthusiastic, it deserves a prominent place on the shelf of any serious student of Japanese film ... If you aren't already a fan of this highly involved and specialized genre, you will be after reading this book."

BBC Radio 4 discusses Madame Butterfly

BBC Radio Four discusses Madame Butterfly in "The Real History of Opera". Unfortunately there is only one day left to listen to the program, but Stone Bridge Press has Jan van Rij's Madame Butterfly: Japonisme, Puccini, and the Search for the Real Cho-Cho-San to learn about the real history of this particular opera.

jrock, ink. featured in Associated Press article

In "Book provides guide to Japanese rock bands" Associated Press ASAP reporter Hillary Rhodes interviews Josephine Yun, author of jrock, ink.: a concise report on 40 of the biggest rock acts in japan, and calls the book, "...Elaborate mini-encyclopedia ... is a spunky, fast-paced rundown of 40 of the hottest rock-music acts in Japan."

Find the article at these papers:
The News Tribune
The Canton Rep
The Seattle Times

Wabi-Sabi discussed at

In "Wabi-Sabi and Market Culture" discusses wabi-sabi, the Stone Bridge book Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers and its author, Leonard Koren.

SBP books to be reviewed in Mechademia

Mechademia: “The Worlds of Anime and Manga” Vol. #1, which will debut in Fall 2006, will feature reviews of Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation and Watching Anime, Reading Manga : 25 Years of Essays and Reviews.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Author Patrick Drazen to discuss anime at Lake County Discovery Museum

On December 10, Patrick Drazen, author of Anime Explosion! The What? Why? & Wow! of Japanese Animation will discuss anime at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois as part of the Anime-zing Exhibit.

Designing with Kanji reviewed in Kyoto Journal

Kyoto Journal #61, currently on shelves in Japan and posted to subscribers worldwide, has a review of Designing with Kanji: Japanese Character Motifs for Surface, Skin & Spirit: "Not a designer myself, I found it fascinating for the beauty of the kanji represented and for the concise poetic descriptions of their meanings. It reads like a coffee table art book... open it to any page and you will find something beautiful to be enjoyed."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Cruising The Anime City reviewed in Fortean Times

Fortean Times reviews Cruising The Anime City: An Otaku Guide To Neo-Tokyo which you can read here.

Cover for new book: 70 Japanese Gestures

Here is the cover for the new book, 70 Japanese Gestures: No Language Communication.

SBP Author Nobuyoshi Araki featured in The Guardian

The Guardian discusses new SBP author Nobuyoshi Araki and his work, tied in to his current photography exhibit at The Barbican in London.

Stone Bridge Press will be publishing Subway Love, a collection of more than 200 b&w portraits of subway passengers in Tokyo. Taken between 1963 and 1972, these portraits of ordinary people in transit are a memorable look at the Japan of decades ago and a study of human interaction and solitude in a changing world.

SBP authors quoted at The Appalachian Online

In "Japan Exports Horror," Brian Blazek of The Appalachian Online quotes Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp, authors of The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film, and Mark Schilling, author of The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films.

The Flower Shop reviewed in Marin Magazine

In Marin Magazine, Steve Costa of Point Reyes Books writes of The Flower Shop: "San Francisco author and artist [Leonard] Koren spent a year in a Viennese flower shop he describes as a place of inspiration, refuge, and virtue. The book has lots of wonderful photographs and it's really enlightening for anyone involved in art and commerce."

Author Patrick Macias writes about growing up otaku for The Sacramento Bee

Patrick Macias, co-author of Cruising the Anime City: An Otaku Guide to Neo-Tokyo, writes about growing up in Sacramento as an otaku in "Immersed in Translation" for The Sacramento Bee. Patrick now lives in Tokyo.