Translated Fiction

The Travelling Cat Chronicles: A Cat and his Man in Modern Japan

Hiro Arikawa Translated by Philip Gabriel While writers writing about writers is certainly not exclusive to Japan (Stephen King has created at least three characters that I can think of who are authors themselves, and Grant Morrison has even written himself into his own comics), it is nonetheless a noticeable trend. Japanese authors often enjoy… Read More The Travelling Cat Chronicles: A Cat and his Man in Modern Japan

Travel Tips

Mourning and Celebrating Nanjing’s Past: Visiting the Nanjing Massacre and Zheng He Memorials

Where is Nanjing? Nanjing is home to more than 7 million people, a modest population by Chinese standards. But with its proximity to the mountains and the Yangtze river, the city can feel like a cozy town compared to the all-pervasive presence of people and concrete in Shanghai. Which is ridiculous, because “cozy town” has… Read More Mourning and Celebrating Nanjing’s Past: Visiting the Nanjing Massacre and Zheng He Memorials

Translated Fiction

Strange Weather in Tokyo: a Clash of Culture and Modern and Weathered Dating Methods

Hiromi Kawakami Translated by Allison Markin Powell The twentieth century, and the end of World War II, saw a shift in culture, technology, and economics never before experienced on a global scale. One of the places hit hardest by this was Japan, which previously had one of the most vibrant and fascinating ancient cultures, brimming… Read More Strange Weather in Tokyo: a Clash of Culture and Modern and Weathered Dating Methods

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3 Days in Moganshan: Where Stressed Shanghai-Dwellers Can Find Peace

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee My birthday wish this year was simple: to escape the suffocating crowds of Shanghai and bask in the fresh air, blue skies and wide-open spaces of the Chinese countryside. Fortunately for me,… Read More 3 Days in Moganshan: Where Stressed Shanghai-Dwellers Can Find Peace