Friday, December 28, 2007

The Astro Boy Essays in Metropolis and Cultural News

This month, Cultural News and Metropolis both weighed in on Frederik L. Schodt's The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution!

Cultural News:
In a sophisticated take on Tezuka's life and art, Schodt explores Astro Boy's immense cultural impact in Japan and overseas.


Frederik L. Schodt is without doubt the Western world’s leading authority on Japanese manga.
(read more...)

Friday, December 14, 2007

"Gift books for the otaku on your list"

In the Daily Yomiuri today, Japanamerica author Roland Kelts recommends books by Stone Bridge authors Gilles Poitras and Frederik L. Schodt:

Beyond the ivy walls, you'll find the magic of Frederik Schodt's Manga! Manga!, first published in 1983, but not dated a whit. I met Schodt in San Francisco during my tour, just before his latest book, The Astro Boy Essays--essential and infectious accounts of the life and work of Osamu Tezuka--was released to coincide with the first overseas Tezuka exhibition.

In the same city, I also met Gilles Poitras, author of the Anime Companion series, illustrated guides to the "Japaneseness" of anime and manga that provide children and parents with a deeper appreciation of the cultural traditions embedded in the art.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Frederik L. Schodt on Newsarama

Today, Newsarama features an interview with Frederik L. Schodt about his new book, The Astro Boy Essays. In response to interviewer Chris Arrant's query about Schodt's personal memories of Tezuka-san, Schodt recalls Tezuka's astounding amount of energy:

"I also have many memories of his extraordinary energy. He was always working or doing something, and it was often hard for much younger people to keep up with him. Once, in Florida, we had been working on a documentary, adhering to a typically inhuman schedule. The TV crew, which had flown from Japan, was exhausted, and I actually remember seeing a young man in charge of lighting for an instant fall asleep on his feet on the shoot (I had heard this was possible, but never actually seen it before, so it made a big impression on me).

"When the work was all over and everyone stumbled back to their hotel rooms exhausted, I remember saying goodnight to Tezuka. In the morning, when I met him, he handed me the manga pages he had been working on. It was extraordinary. He hadn't slept, and had completed about fifteen or twenty pages, with panels and balloons with dialog indicated in pencil, main characters penciled and inked, and directions for his assistants back in Japan to fill in the backgrounds. Some people find it hard to believe that Tezuka could do so much of his own work, but I can attest to the fact that he did. In terms of his productivity, he was super-human."

(read more...)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Brian Camp, Josephine Yun, and Patrick Macias at the New York Anime Festival!!!

Although Stone Bridge Press will not have a booth at the New York Anime Festival this weekend, three of our esteemed authors will be there! Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!

Brian Camp, co-author of Anime Classics Zettai!,
will be at Kinokuniya Bookstore's booth signing books and will also be at the
Anime & Manga Research Roundtable:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Saturday, Dec 8
Anime Culture Panel Room
Anime News Network's Mikhail Koulikov moderates an update on the current state of scholarship and academic research into all aspects of anime and manga. This panel will help you identify your own topics to research, introduce you to other scholars in the field, and maybe even help you publish your latest thoughts on why Neon Genesis Evangelion is the most incisive commentary on the current state of Western society ever. Panelists include Brian Camp, co-author of ANIME CLASSICS ZETTAI!, and professors from NYC colleges.

Josephine Yun, author of jrock, ink., will be joining forces with the totally awesome Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour. Come by the Rockstar Taste of Chaos booth on
Saturday December 8th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meet Josephine Yun, author of "Jrock, Ink". Buy her book on the 40 most influential and important bands in the JRock scene and pick her brain on who you need to hear next. While you are at it, get an autograph.

Patrick Macias, co-author of Cruising the Anime City and editor of the sweet new magazine Otaku USA, will also be speaking on Saturday:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, Dec 8
Manga Panel Room
Join Patrick Macias, the editor of chief of OTAKU USA, as he gabs about the inner workings of the new bi-monthly magazine devoted to anime, manga, gaming, J-Pop, and cosplay. Other contributors to the magazine and special guests will be joining him for jokes, giveaways, and Q&A from you, the readers. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Frederik L. Schodt in Kansai Time Out and IMAGI

Visit the Imagi Animation Studios website for an extensive interview with Frederik L. Schodt, author of The Astro Boy Essays. Imagi is making the CG-animated theatrical feature film AstroBoy for worldwide release in 2009 by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Weinstein Company, so this was a great chance for everyone to learn a little more about the lovable android! From the Imagi homepage, go to "What's New," and then to the interview.

Also, the gorgeously produced magazine Kansai Time Out features an excerpt from The Astro Boy Essays in its new issue! The cover includes classic Astro Boy imagery of the type featured in The Astro Boy Essays.

Democracy with a Drum

On his "Drums in the Global Village" website, Todd S. Burroughs reviews Democracy with a Gun by Fumio Matsuo, writing that "Matsuo, a longtime American correspondent and former Washington Bureau Chief for the Kyodo News Service, creates a masterful outline of American political and legal history from the point of view of the gun. ...The work is completely thorough."
(read more...)

Monday, November 26, 2007

The San Francisco Chronicle Loves the Asian Folktales Retold Series!

The San Francisco Chronicle's Jeff Yang features our Asian Folktales Retold series in his Asian Pop Holiday Gift Guide this year:

Heian, a division of Asian culture specialist Stone Bridge Press, offers a striking set of picture books translating some of Asia's most beloved traditional children's stories in its Asian Folktales Retold series; titles like "Vietnamese Tales of Rabbits and Watermelons" and "Indonesian Tales of Treasures and Brides" show an appealing tongue-in-cheekiness, while fanciful hand-painted illustrations depict the fables, yet leave plenty of room for growing imaginations.

The Intimacy of Waiting on the Weather

In the final moments of the "Kurosawa Blog-a-Thon" on, Andrew Connell reviews Teruyo Nogami's Waiting on the Weather, praising the engaging memoir as "probably the most intimate look at the work of Akira Kurosawa, topping even Kurosawa's own Something Like An Autobiography."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Library Journal recommends The Astro Boy Essays "for all collections"

The Astro Boy Essays is reviewed in the November 15th issue of Library Journal. Reviewer Steve Raiteri writes:

This engaging book will be of wide interest to fans and pop-culture students; recommended for all collections.
(read more...)

Also, back in July, LJ ran a feature titled "Anime's Brave New World." It presented annotated listings of six Stone Bridge titles considered essential print resources: The Anime Encyclopedia, Anime Explosion!, The Anime Companion, The Anime Companion 2, Anime Essentials, and Watching Anime, Reading Manga. The feature is now online!

Monday, November 19, 2007

"America's Manga Mentor" on GalleyCat

GalleyCat posted a great item today about The Astro Boy Essays author Frederik L. Schodt's recent Japan Society presentation on Osamu Tezuka, noting that "Schodt is eminently qualified to speak on the subject."

Meanwhile, "Jog - The Blog" posted an extensive review of The Astro Boy Essays, and The Comics Journal's Journalista blog posted a link to it.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Brian Camp on CUNY TV's "City Talk"

Hot on the heels of a hugely successful appeareance at the new Bryant Park Kinokuniya Bookstore, Brian Camp, co-author of Anime Classics Zettai!, was the guest on Professor Doug Muzzio's CUNY TV program, "City Talk," this morning. Watch it online here!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Astro Boy Essays in Otaku USA

The December 2007 issue of Otaku USA features a two-page review of The Astro Boy Essays by Frederik L. Schodt. Invoking the full-color, classic Astro Boy images in the book, the review includes some wonderful full-color illustrations. Daryl Surat writes:

[Schodt] is perhaps the top English-language authority on the subject of the "God of Manga and Anime." Not only is [The Astro Boy Essays] an excellent resource on Astro Boy, also serves as a biography on the life of Osamu Tezuka and a historical overview of the development of modern Japanese animation and comics.

Remember to RSVP for the special AUTHOR TALK AND BOOK SIGNING with Schodt at the Japan Society of Northern California on November 14th!

The Japan Journals in Education About Asia

In the new issue (Fall 2007; Volume 12, Number 2) of Education About Asia, Andrea Kempf reviews Donald Richie's The Japan Journals: 1947-2004. Kempf writes:

The journals explore the inner man; they examine the appeal of being an "other" in Japan....Anyone who teaches about twentieth-century Japanese culture will find the Japan Journals an invaluable insight into the man whose life work it was to make Japan accessible to the west.

Kempf notes a number of Richie's books, and calls The Inland Sea "his most enduring work."

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Eve Kushner in the San Francisco Chronicle

In today's San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeley writer and Kanji devotee Eve Kushner, author of the forthcoming Stone Bridge title Crazy for Kanji: A Student's Guide to the Wonderful World of Japanese Characters, reviews Wendy Nelson Tokunaga's new novel, Midori By Moonlight. Read the review here, and look out for Crazy for Kanji in early 2008!

Monday, October 29, 2007

New Japanimation Season at the Barbican with Helen McCarthy and, on October 30th, Jonathan Clements!

Hold on to your hats, film lovers of the UK, it's time once again for Japanimation, a thrilling season of events exploring the relationship between Japanese animation and Western cinema at the Barbican in London! The last season of events -- also hosted by Helen McCarthy, co-author of The Anime Encyclopedia, and also pairing a screening of a hot anime film with discussion of the film's influences -- was a huge success, and this new season, with one event every month (except for December) through March, is even bigger and better!

The first screening, Romeo X Juliet (inspired by...well, not by King Lear) on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007, will be introduced by Helen McCarthy and followed by discussion with Jonathan Clements & the President of GDH International!
(the details for this event)
(the details for the series)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Anime Classics Zettai! in New York Times article on new Kinokuniya Bookstore

In a New York Times article today about the stunning new three-story Bryant Park Kinokuniya Bookstore, Motoko Rich quotes Shigeharu Ono, director of Kinokuniya in New York, who says that English-language titles will likely be in the majority at the new location: "At the old store the main purpose was to sell to the Japanese community....We want to expand our audience." Rich notes that Stone Bridge's own Brian Camp, co-author of Anime Classics Zettai!, will be presenting at the new store in November.

There are three November events with Stone Bridge authors at the new Kinokuniya! Here are the details:

"Lost Classics of Anime"
A visual presentation and booksigning with Brian Camp

Including historical commentary, and clips from films rarely seen or never released in the US!
Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
5:00 p.m.

"Democracy with a Gun: America and the Policy of Force"
A reading and booksigning with Democracy with a Gun author and veteran international journalist Fumio Matsuo
Monday, November 12th, 2007
5:00 p.m.

"JAPAN: Land of Rising Business Opporunities"
What you need to know
A must-attend mini-seminar with Business Passport to Japan authors Sue Shinomiya and Brian Szepkouski
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
5:30 p.m.

All events at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore (note new location!)
1073 Avenue of the Americas
Across from Bryant Park between 40th & 41st Streets
New York, NY 10018
(212) 869-1700
Presented by Kinokuniya Bookstore and Stone Bridge Press

Asia Shock in MovieMaker

We finally got our hands on the Summer 2007 issue (#70) of MovieMaker magazine, "the nation's leading magazine on the art and business of making movies and the most widely read magazine on independent film in the world." Why did we grab a copy and devour it? Because we were entranced by Jodie Foster's strange, pensive gaze on the cover? Because we're tired of books and we want to make movies? No, alas, our 7-hour samurai epic set in BART stations and the Berkeley hills is, well, still in the planning stage.

We picked up MovieMaker because it contains Travis Crawford's review of Patrick Galloway's excellent guidebook, Asia Shock: Horror and Dark Cinema from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Crawford writes:

Author Patick Galloway ...[brings] a level of keen insight to accompany his equally infectious enthusiasm for these films. His book emerges as an entertaining read for longtime devotees of Asian genre cinema and an outstanding primer for newcomers.
(read Galloway's comments on the review)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tokyopop on The Astro Boy Essays posted a 5-star review of Frederik L. Schodt's The Astro Boy Essays today. Ada Palmer Putrocca, who also made the book a "Featured Publication" on, writes:

In his long-awaited Astro Boy Essays, Schodt gives a concise and detailed introduction to the life, influence and significance of Tezuka in the history of Japan and the international comics world. ....All the material is presented in a format beginners can understand, but with enough details that even experts will find themselves learning more with every page.
(read more)

Fumio Matsuo in Conversation with CBS White House Correspondent Bill Plante

Stone Bridge Press and the Embassy of Japan are pleased to announce a lecture by Democracy with a Gun author and veteran international journalist Fumio Matsuo, moderated by CBS White House Correspondent Bill Plante.

"Voice of the Author Series"
The Japan Information and Culture Center
Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C.
Wednesday, November 7th

Copies of Democracy with a Gun: America and the Policy of Force will be available for purchase.
More info (PDF)

“The Japanese have long been fascinated by what Americans think of Japan, but what do the Japanese think of America? Fumio Matsuo, a veteran journalist, provides one answer in Democracy with a Gun. Matsuo comments on everything from U.S. history to the Iraq conflict, blending sincere admiration with honest critique.”
—Steven Vogel, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Frederik L. Schodt to Speak at the Japan Society

Make your reservations today for a very special evening at the Japan Society of Northern California with The Astro Boy Essays author Frederik L. Schodt!

"Frederik L. Schodt on Osamu Tezuka: The Astro Boy Essays"

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Japan Society

500 Washington Street, Suite 500, San Francisco

5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Program
7:00 pm Book Signing

Free for Members / $5 Non Members

More info/reservations

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New Donald Richie Book Previewed in the WaterBridge Review

The latest issue of the WaterBridge Review, an online magazine run by the same great folks behind the Kiriyama Prize, features a review of Travels in the East, a remarkable new collection of travel essays by Donald Richie, coming this December from Stone Bridge Press (don't forget, Richie's new A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics is out now!). James D. Rosenthal writes about Travels in the East:

Fortunately for us, Richie has not limited his attention to Japan. He has also been an inveterate traveler around the rest of Asia and beyond. Travels in the East, his latest slender volume, includes several essays and articles on his various destinations over the past 10 years. This is not a guidebook, though Richie's descriptions of what he sees and hears are eminently perceptive and useful to any traveler. Rather, his writings focus on the travel experience per se—the atmosphere, the overall "feeling" of a place, and above all how it affects him personally and inwardly. His unusual insight offers the reader a new and different perspective on what it means to be a traveler.
(read the review)

Yoga Poems in the Pacific Rim Review of Books

The Summer 2007 issue of The Pacific Rim Review of Books features a review of Yoga Poems by Leza Lowitz. Christina Morita Clancy, a yoga teacher at Cove Yoga in Victoria, BC, writes:

Lowitz hangs her poems on a frame work of Patanjali's eight limbs -- eight essential steps on the yogi's path....Any reader will recognize the moment when challenges are viewed as an opportunity to learn and grow.
(purchase the issue)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Brian Camp to Present at MoCCA on Monday, October 22nd

What's more fun than watching awesome anime? Watching it while learning about it from Anime Classics Zettai! co-author Brian Camp! Camp will be giving a special visual presentation at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City next week, and we hope you can make it:

Monday, October 22nd, 2007
6:30 p.m.
MoCCA, 594 Broadway (map)
Anime Adaptations of Manga Classics
There's always been a special relationship between comics and animation in Japan. Speaker Brian Camp (Anime Classics Zettai! 100 Must-See Japanese Animation Masterpieces) discusses the special challenges animators face in their adaptations -- including introduction of cinematic techniques and fidelity to the original manga work -- in this visual lecture. (event info)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Stone Bridge Press Thrives at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Stone Bridge Press editor and publisher Peter Goodman reports back on the overall Frankfurt Book Fair experience:

My first Frankfurt Book Fair in 26 years was a stimulating and exhausting experience. So many books, so little time! Being in the midst of publishers of every size and from every country forces one to wonder: Where do we fit in? Does the world need more books? The need to communicate seems biologically driven, and the Book Fair thus represents a physical expression of our most basic needs. One gets the sense almost that we would still be making books even if there were no readers for them (some folks believe we are already there!).

But according to some fairgoers, this year had lower attendance and less energy, an indication that Frankfurt is in decline, and with it the book publishing industry. E-media are to blame, of course. With digitalization of books we can save trees, petroleum, labor.

I've been hearing this gloomy prognosis for years, and I don't think we're any closer to it now. Electronic media are just another format to invigorate content. Big encyclopedias and dictionaries and travel guides may indeed migrate to digital form, but books will always be the best way to create self-contained worlds of imagination, opinion, and personal expression. In fact, next to the bland stew of infinitely malleable and assemblable digital content, books are almost a radical innovation: finite, focused, personal. I look forward to making more of them.

I've uploaded some photos from the Frankfurt trip. You can judge the size of Hall 8, for English-language publishers. There were 3 (or more?) other halls of this size devoted to other languages, children's publishing, comics, etc. No way to see it all. Somewhere (row N, stand 935 to be exact) the Stone Bridge Press booth had its home. There was a constant hum of traffic. We answered lots of questions and gave out information. And we met with some of our key publishing partners, such as Angela Reynolds (our agent in Barcelona) and (in a surprise visit) Julie Schaper of Consortium. There was also much serendipity, which may or may not turn into new SBP projects down the road.

And in the huh? category was a full-size Japanese torii arch in the middle of nowhere, glimpsed from the access corridor that leads from the parking lot to Hall 8. Some Friendship Committee is responsible no doubt. There is always a shrine building somewhere near the arch, which I guess makes Hall 8 the logical choice, books being made of 'kami' and . . . oh forget it. Dumb joke.

Jonathan Clements to Present on Erotic Anime at SAND 2007

Anime Encyclopedia co-author Jonathan Clements is returning to the Swansea Animation Days (SAND 2007) in Wales (UK) next month to give a lecture on the history and development of Japanese animated erotica. The week-long animation conference also features speakers from Pixar and Double Negative, and screenings of the anime Paprika, 5cm and Tekkonkinkreet. Clements' presentation will take place on Nov. 30th.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Peter Goodman at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Stone Bridge Press editor and publisher Peter Goodman is having a great time at the Frankfurt Book Fair! We are excited to share his recent update:

Spent my first day at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 26 years, and much has changed. Not the size of the fair, however. The only thing larger than the Frankfurt Book Fair is the size of the platter of potatoes, sauerkraut, and sausages you can buy for lunch. We had some nice meetings with the friendly Yohan staff and with a number of our distributors and customers. Sonja Merz, our Far East sales agent, reports that our books continue to receive great interest in Singapore and across southern Asia.

Our new
Shikosha design titles are a big hit: people love the look, the feel, and especially the very reasonable $16.95 price.

I had a chance to sit in the booth and observe the passing scene. Frankfurt seems to be as much about renewing contacts as it is about buying and selling. Yes, people come with business objectives in mind, but I am told that even after people retire from the industry they are inexorably drawn to Frankfurter just to wander the halls and say hi to old friends. I certainly saw a lot of that on the floor: one person stopped dead in her tracks as she recognized another and then reached for a big hug. Now, if only they could practice not doing that sort of thing in the crowded aisles!

Oh, and note to self: Next year, be sure to order tables, chairs, and lights to avoid what happened this year: standing in line at the furniture counter and then dashing out to the ATM to grab hundreds of euros to pay the charges for last-minute rentals (no credit cards accepted).

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Astro Boy Essays in Foreword

The new issue of Foreword includes a review of Frederik L. Schodt's The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution. Reviewer Lance Eaton looks at Schodt's take on the "God of Manga":

Schodt explores Osamu [Tezuka] and one of his earliest commercial successes, providing readers with an in-depth look at the man and how he conceptualized, created, loved, and hated the series in all its different manifestations. ...He succeeds in this synthesis of pop culture, biography, and history. [more]

Friday, October 05, 2007

New Astro Boy Website Features Frederik L. Schodt and The Astro Boy Essays

Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment have launched, the official Web site celebrating Osamu Tezuka’s groundbreaking 1963 ASTRO BOY anime series.

At, visitors can view the trailer of this fan favorite, download Astro Boy wallpapers and avatars, and listen to an exclusive interview with Frederik L. Schodt, author of The Astro Boy Essays, about the significance of Dr. Tezuka’s works worldwide, the differences between the Astro Boy manga and its anime adaptations, and Tezuka’s love-hate relationship with his best-known creation.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Animation Insider Interviews Frederik L. Schodt

Cool banner designed by Cody Silfies!

Animation Insider has posted one of the most extensive interviews yet with Japan expert Frederik L. Schodt, author of The Astro Boy Essays. With Osamu Tezuka, Japan's "God of Manga," gaining more and more popularity in the West, the timing for this interview with one of Tezuka's main translators couldn't be better. In the interview, Schodt says:

Tezuka had a real gift for being able to communicate with people on an equal level. When I worked with him, I was always struck by the way he could communicate with small children--and adults too--from what seemed to be all walks of life. I think that he was genuinely interested in people, and that made them feel comfortable. They probably didn't realize it, of course, but when they were talking to Tezuka, he was also sucking ideas out of their brains for future stories.
(read more...)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Robotech News

We are pleased to report great news on the Robotech front, related to the gorgeous, glossy release The Art of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles:

Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles will be showing at a theater near you on September 19th as a part of the Anime Bento Festival!
(more info)

Also, Warner Bros. is going to make a live action Robotech feature, produced by Tobey Maguire through Maguire Entertainment!
(more info)

The Astro Boy Essays in Frames Per Second

Aaron H. Bynum reviews Frederik L. Schodt's The Astro Boy Essays in the insightful animation magazine, Frames Per Second, writing:

Schodt accurately documents the knowledge, experiences, and inspirations of a Japanese artist whose personal meditations have largely been out of the reach of Western readers....With engaging examples, meaningful analysis and excellent research, Fred Schodt offers readers a 360-degree perspective on the man whose nation calls him the God of Manga...
(read more)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

September issue of Animation Magazine highlights The Art of Robotech and The Astro Boy Essays

The Art of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles and The Astro Boy Essays both get prime treatment from reviewer Ramin Zahed in the September issue of Animation Magazine.

On The Art of Robotech:
A visually arresting collection....Packed in the glossy 140-plus pages of [The Art of Robotech] are numerous images and insightful essays on the evolution of the show and the anime world over the past three decades.

On The Astro Boy Essays:
We're lucky to have Frederik L. Schodt, a long-time American friend and translator guide us to the world of Tezuka and his creation in [this] charming volume....Schodt's essays take us through the exquisite, beautifully crafted world of Astro and reveal the people, events and beliefs that shaped the Japanese master's world.

Animetion dubs Anime Encyclopedia "the single most essential anime reference book on the market"

Animetion recently posted a glowing review of The Anime Encyclopedia, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy:

When I reviewed the
Anime Encyclopedia last year I commented on how it was very good, but in serious need of an update. Well, now that update is here.

The additions and revisions serve to turn an extremely useful reference book into the single most essential anime reference book on the market.
(read more)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Abe to Step Down

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that he will resign after less than a year in power.

Struggling with understanding modern Japan? Trying to make sense of news stories like this? We can't recommend Astro Boy Essays author Frederik L. Schodt's America and the Four Japans highly enough.

Buy it from Cody's.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

International Taiko Festival a KQED Spark TV Pick!

We were excited to see that KQED's Spark TV has made the upcoming International Taiko Festival an event pick! Heidi Varian, author of The Way of Taiko, will be there and Seiichi Tanaka, who wrote the foreword, will be signing copies of the book live! Come for the booksigning and stay for the completely amazing taiko performances...

International Taiko Festival
The (39th annual) International Taiko Festival showcases the thundering power of taiko musicians from around the world. Under the guidance of Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, The San Francisco Taiko Dojo along with special guests, will perform traditional and contemporary drum rhythms, dance and martial arts.
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., San Francisco
When: September 15 at 2pm & 7:00pm and September 16 at 2pm
Phone: (415) 978-2787
Cost: $42 & $36, senior & student discounts available

Also, Heidi Varian's appearance on the radio show "Pacific Time" is now online!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Frederik L. Schodt on The Four Immigrants Manga, Thursday, September 13th in San Francisco

Frederik L. Schodt On Henry Kiyama’s The Four Immigrants Manga: A San Francisco Japanese Experience 1904-1924

When: Thursday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.Free
But Reservations Required at

or call (415) 565-0201 extension 12

Where: Hotel Tomo ( wheelchair accessible) 1800 Sutter Street at Buchanan (Japantown), San Francisco

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What: Manga authority and The Astro Boy Essays author Frederik L. Schodt has translated one of America’s first comic books, published in San Francisco. Henry “Yoshitaka” Kiyama lived at 1901 Sutter Street for nearly 20 years before returning to Japan. Hear Schodt speak on this immigrant’s take on the U.S. and S.F. in the stunning environment of the newly renovated J-Pop Hotel Tomo.

The Four Immigrants Manga will be for sale at this event.

Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Nihonmachi Little Friends, and Hotel Tomo

Teachers and others who enjoy the talk are encouraged to download the Four Immigrants Manga Study Guide (PDF) for free!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Astro Boy Essays in the East Bay Express

In this week's East Bay Express, Anneli Rufus reviews Frederik L. Schodt's The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution. Rufus applauds the inclusion of "cool slick color prints" that "evoke classic episodes," also noting that "Tezuka crusaded against racism and social injustice, Schodt argues, by using robots as the feared and mistreated 'other.' "
(read more...)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Indonesian folktales books in School Library Journal

The August issue of School Library Journal includes a review of two Heian titles in the delightful Asian Folktales Retold series: Indonesian Fables of Feats and Fortunes and Indonesian Tales of Treasures and Brides, both edited by Kuniko Sugiura. In the review, Janet S. Thompson of the Chicago Public Library writes that "these books will provide good source material for storytellers and read-alouds, and will make a worthy addition to comparative folktale collections."

read more here
(scroll down to SUGIURA under Nonfiction)