Thursday, January 26, 2006
Stone Bridge Press, publishers of quality books about Japan, currently has 20 titles relating to Japan’s coolest export: pop culture. These books on anime, manga, film, rock music, television, travel and fandom have been powerful resources for fans and industry leaders alike. To celebrate Cool Japan at the first New York Comic-Con, Stone Bridge Press will offer all 20 pop culture titles to one lucky person in a prize drawing.
Drop by the Stone Bridge Press table, #441 on the corner not far from the center of the exhibit hall, to see current titles and learn about new ones on the way, such as two new handbooks for cosplaying and the long-awaited second edition of the classic guide known as The Anime Encyclopedia. Expect to find freebies such as temporary tattoos that reflect the otaku lifestyle, and don’t forget to enter the drawing to win!
The New York Comic-Con takes place February 24-26 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Get ticket information and programming schedules.
Here is a message from the authors of The Midnight Eye Guide to new Japanese Film:
March 2006 will mark Midnight Eye's fifth anniversary. We plan to celebrate in style with a special edition of the site, the details of which we will keep under wraps for the time being. We also want to use the occasion to launch a new slogan for Midnight Eye. Until now, we've been using 'The latest and best in Japanese cinema,' but we want something fresh, something catchy, something that fits the world's leading publication on Japanese film. And we want you to help us find it! So put your thinking caps on and send in your ideas to:
You can send in as many as you like. The winning entry will receive a signed copy of our book.
Heidi Varian, author of The Way of Taiko, will be performing taiko and signing copies of her book at Bay Books in Pleasanton, CA. The event takes place Thursday, March 23 at 7 pm.
Jina Bacarr, author of The Japanese Art of Sex, will be talking about "everything you always wanted to know about geisha" and signing copies of her book. This will take place on February 18th at 1 pm at the Cheers for Writers book club, a group that meets once a month at the Barnes & Noble in Burbank, California.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Gil Asakawa, author of Being Japanese American: A JA Handbook for Nikkei, Hapa...& Their Friends, will be a guest at the Japanese American Citizens League Chicago Chapter Day of Remembrance event on Sunday, February 19. It will take place at 2pm at DeVry Institute on 3300 North Campbell Avenue in Chicago. This event is part of an annual commemoration of the signing of Executive Order 9066 and World War II internment. Gil will be moderating a panel discussion.
Movie Poop Shoot discusses Donald Richie's book and films in "Nocturnal Admissions." D.K. Holm calls The Donald Richie Reader: 50 Years of Writing on Japan, "...An excellent survey of his entire career" and The Japan Journals: 1947-2004 "Fascinating."
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
The Way of Taiko was reviewed at both World Music Central and Midwest Book Review
Read the review from World Music Central
Read the review from Midwest Book Review
Also, The Japanese American National Museum has posted photos from the exhibition opening of Big Drum: Taiko in the United States. See photos of author Heidi Varian and her husband David performing taiko.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
70 Japanese Gestures: No Language Communication has received several new reviews. Even Forbes Magazine offers it for sale as a business tool!
Bella Online review
Fortean Times review
International Examiner review (also includes The Way of Taiko)
The Republican(Associated Press) review
Monday, January 09, 2006
Friday, January 06, 2006
Sequential Tart's January Issue features reviews of both 70 Japanese Gestures: No Language Communication and jrock, ink.: a concise report on 40 of the biggest rock acts in japan.
Read the 70 Japanese Gestures review
Read the jrock, ink. review
Thursday, January 05, 2006
The Way of Taiko author Heidi Varian will be interviewed on the TV show Sacramento and Company on January 13. She will not only talk about taiko and her book but also perform taiko on the show. Later that day she will perform taiko at Leroy Greene Middle School in Sacramento, CA.
Nikkei Family: A National Publication of Japanese American Lifestyle and Culture, Vol. 5 Issue 1, offers travel tips to Japan from Gil Asakawa, author of Being Japanese American: A JA Sourcebook for Nikkei, Hapa... & Their Friends. Tips include how to get the right kind of gifts for your homestay family and how to pick the language aids for understanding Japanese.
It's still under construction, but the Stone Bridge Press shop at CafePress is up and offers various items featuring the Stone Bridge logo and images from Cruising the Anime City and Light from the East. We just received the pictured Jr. Baby Doll T-shirt and it looks great!
In Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chris Payne reviews both The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film and The Japan Journals: 1947-2004 which you can immediately read as a PDF here.