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Five Best Book Cafes around East Asia

Explore East Asia’s Amazing Book Cafes For so many of us, there’s nothing more soothing and warming than relaxing in a cosy cafe, nursing a coffee, and losing hours to a thrilling novel. There’s something about a cafe atmosphere that enhances the experience of reading, making a memory of the experience. And that goes double …

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Review: The Hole by Hye-young Pyun

Here is, perhaps, a new kind of frightening. We’re living in a new golden age of horror films right now, and, if Hye-young Pyun’s books are any indication, a parallel golden age of horror writing as well. The modern master of American horror, Stephen King, famously delineated three kinds of ‘scary’: Gross-out: something bloody or …

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The Best Place to Stay in Tokyo – Book and Bed

Why stay at Book and Bed Hostel? Claiming this is the best place to stay in Tokyo is a bold one. yes, this is a city brimming with world-class accommodation but Book and Bed certainly belongs up there with the best. Books, travelling, and sleeping are my three favourite things. And Japan is my favourite …

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So You Want to Date an Oppa? Guide to Dating in Korea

Everything You Need to Know About Dating a Korean Man With the rise of tour sites like Oh my Oppa and the huge surge in the popularity of Kdramas, the idea of dating a Korean has become idealised. However, it’s handy to know that there are some key differences in dating styles between North America and Korea. …

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12 Excellent Books and Comics by Asian Women in Translation (2020)

August is Women in Translation Month, a time to celebrate as loudly and proudly as you can the incredible women writers from around the world who have been translated into English for us to enjoy. Across Asia, women writers are changing the literary landscape by pointing a finger at the patriarchy, by writing clever and …

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Review: The New Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

‘All roads used to lead to Rome. Today, they lead to Beijing.’ The subject of history is one that concerns politics, economics, and philosophy. Lessons from the past teach us how to proceed into the future. And yet, for so long, books on history have been simply that. Recently, however, a trend has emerged amongst …

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Easy Day Trip to Kamakura, Japan: Things to Do and See

Kamakura Guide – An Easy Day trip from Tokyo Kamakura is a small, historically-rich, quaint little town that sits an hour south of Tokyo, on the other side of Yokohama. It is one of the most popular day-trip destinations for residents of Tokyo (see our other favourite day trips here) and tourists hoping to see …

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Autumn List of Must-Read Translated Books

It’s that time again. Here is our latest list of upcoming East Asian books (both fiction and non-fiction) that we’re excited for this Autumn. There are some fantastic and truly moving reads this time around; enjoy! All you Can Ever Know  Nicole Chung If there’s one book on this list you decide to give a …

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Interview: Oh Kimono | Modern Kimono Fashion

For a long time now, I’ve had a passion for unique and elegant fashion pieces. In the past that meant having a wardrobe full of vintage pieces that I’d pair with high street finds, but these days my priorities have changed somewhat. Thrift store or vintage store shopping has never been a particularly popular choice …

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Review: The Last Children of Tokyo (The Emissary) by Yoko Tawada

Dystopian fiction is arguably the most impactful, clever, and chilling kind of storytelling we have, but it has dipped in quality in recent years. That is until now, as we get a glimpse into the very near future with Yoko Tawada’s The Last Children of Tokyo or The Emissary in the US. It can take …

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