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May/June 2018: New and Exciting Asian Fiction

Welcome to our new bi-monthly run down of the newest books coming out of Asia. There are some really great books out soon and we’re excited to share them with you. Full reviews of several of the novels below will be coming out shortly so sign up at the bottom for notifications and be the first to receive the July/August list. The Last Children of Tokyo Japanese...

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Lost Japan: An Exploration of Tradition and Culture

Translated by: Bodhi Fishman Japan Today Wherever you were born and raised, you know that World War II changed everything. You may not have been alive before WWII to know this first hand, but you studied history and you spoke to your grandparents who likely lived through a recession, and possibly a subsequent economic boom depending on where you are from. You know...

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Cycle Osaka: Explore Japan Like a Local

Osaka is a wonderful city. Full of things to do for the foodie, the nerd, the history buff, and the culture seeker. I’ve never experienced a vibe quite like the one I did in Osaka. Osaka is also great for day trips, making it a convenient hub to explore other parts of Japan, see my friend Amanda’s amazing itinerary of things you can get up to in Osaka...

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Japan’s Best Book Hostels: Book and Bed

Why stay there? Books, travelling, and sleeping are my three favourite things. And Japan is my favourite country. So when we discovered that there exists in Tokyo a beautiful hostel with bunks tucked between the bookshelves, a book on every pillow, and walls plastered with vintage newspapers, I lost my mind a little bit. Book And Bed is a perfect hostel experience...

Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen: In Love and in Death

Banana Yoshimoto Translated by Megan Backus Every great novelist has pinned a theme to a punching bag and attempted to tackle it. And every theme has been tackled numerous times. ‘The lengths we go to for love’ as a theme, for example, has been thoroughly exhausted; this dead horse has been beaten black and blue by Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, William Shakespeare, and...

Five Best Book Cafes around East Asia

I like nothing better than sitting in a cafe with a book, and one of the first things I do in a new city is scope out the best and most unique cafes to visit. From quirky to stylish, snug to spacious, I love them all. Here are a few special ones I’ve found so far on my travels. Tranquil Books, Hanoi This is a fantastic little place in Hanoi. Towards the end of...