Friday, July 28, 2006

Name of the Flower and Haiku Apprentice at Reader Reviews

Reader Reviews has posted their reviews of both The Name of the Flower by Kuniko Mukoda and The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan by Abigail Friedman.

Read the review for The Name of the Flower
Read the review for The Haiku Apprentice

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Native American in the Land of the Shogun reviewed in Kyoto Journal

Kyoto Journal's Issue 63 features Trevor Carolan's review of Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan by Frederik L. Schodt:

"Schodt's account of MacDonald's life and his eventual journey to Japan is depicted with the accuracy of a trained academic and the excitedment of a skillful novelist."

Monday, July 24, 2006

Haiku Apprentice reviewed at The Heron's Nest

The Heron's Nest, a journal dedicated to haiku, reviews The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan by Abigail Friedman:

"This book is delightfully accessible, regardless of the reader's experience (or lack of it) with poetry or Japanese language and culture. I recommend The Haiku Apprentice, not only to haiku aficionados, but also to anyone who enjoys a good read."

Read the entire review

New Reviews at Pacific Dreams

Pacific Dreams reviews several Stone Bridge titles:

America and the Four Japans: Friend, Foe, Model, Mirror

Designing with Kanji: Japanese Character Motifs for Surface, Skin & Spirit

Doing Business with Japanese Men: A Woman's Handbook

Going to Japan on Business: Protocol, Strategies, and Language for the Corporate Traveler

The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan

Japanese Beyond Words: How to Walk and Talk Like a Native Speaker

The Japan Journals: 1947-2004

Japan Style Sheet: The SWET Guide for Writers, Editors, and Translators

Kanji Pict-o-Graphix: Over 1,000 Japanese Kanji and Kana Mnemonics

The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film

Practical Guide to Living in Japan: Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Settle In

The Rice-Paper Ceiling: Breaking through Japanese Corporate Culture

The Way of Taiko

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Author, art director give away Pocky with jrock, ink.

During Otakon in Baltimore, author Josephine Yun and art director Yelena Zhavoronkova will be signing copies of their book, jrock, ink.: a concise report on 40 of the biggest rock acts in japan.

You can meet them at the nearby Barnes & Noble at the Power Plant in the Inner Harbor on Saturday, August 5 from 3-5 pm. Those who purchase a signed copy get a free box of Pocky!

Also, Barnes & Noble will feature jrock listening stations in their music section all weekend. Listening to jrock while reading a jrock book and munching on Pocky sounds pretty sweet!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Haiku Apprentice reviewed at Imaging Resource

Imaging Resource's Digital Photography Newsletter stumbled upon Abigail Friedman's The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan:

"Why that appealed to us, we can't say. But we took it home and actually read right through it. We learned about the large amateur interest in haiku, the many sources of information (Web sites, magazines, TV shows) for practitioners, how the short poems rely on images and a few words that evoke specific times of the year, how the poems are shared and what a nice diversion from the pressures of work and joys of family life it was to create them. Ultimately, she wrote, they helped develop her own eye for the world.

"Now just reread that paragraph substituting digital photography for haiku and you'll see the same light bulb flash over your head that we did."

Monday, July 10, 2006

Becoming Buddha in Multicultural Review

The summer 2006 issue of Multicultural Review features a review of Becoming Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha by Whitney Stewart.

space From the outset, the reader is in a different world. The novel physical orientation of the text and illustrations on the page immediately evoke the world of unbound texts, the pechas found in the ancient libraries of the East. Indeed, the rich, colorful detail and plot turns are sure to capture the interest of the juvenile reader. Although simplified, the tale is a historically accurate retelling of how the boy Siddhartha abandoned his royal upbringing and wealth to become the Buddha, seeking to end for all the suffering inherent to life. The basic Buddhist tenet of the Four Noble Truths, at the heart of recognizing and dealing with all suffering, is a concept that adults might grapple with. Yet Stewart successfully presents suffering in a way both appropriate for preadolescents and comprehensible to their experience. Importantly, the presentation empowers young readers with something they, like the Buddha, might do to develop compassion for others and alleviate suffering. It is no mere courtesy that His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, has participated in this book, bracketing the story with a substantial introduction, then simple instruction on how to meditate, written -- even with humor -- for the young reader. As His Holiness says in the introduction, rather than attempting to increase the number of Buddhists, this book shows a way everyone might pursue to contribute to global peace and the increase of happiness.
space Kudos to illustrator [Sally] Rippin, whose imagination contributes substantially to the fabric of the exotic Eastern world woven in the story.
spaceistheplace--Rinchen Yutso in Prospect Harbor, ME

Thursday, July 06, 2006

See trailer for In the Pool movie

Some time ago In the Pool was adapted into a major motion picture in Japan. You can watch the trailer here (in Japanese):

Large Trailer (streaming, Windows Media)
Small Trailer (streaming, Windows Media)

The original collection of tales around Dr. Irabu and his patients can be found in English by IBC Books, available through Stone Bridge Press and found anywhere good books are sold. Read your copy by the poolside this summer, or away from the poolside should someone be clever and throw the book into the pool...