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12 Feb 20
Spark by Matayoshi Naoki

Spark by Matayoshi Naoki

Review by Laurence Green

Spark is a story about art and friendship, about countless bizarre drunken conversations and how far it’s acceptable to go for a laugh. A novel about comedy that’s as moving and thoughtful as it is funny, it’s already been a sensation in Japan.

22 Jan 20
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Review by Azmina Sohail

Julie Otsuka’s novel of the immigrant experience is beautifully written. Its powerful narrative encapsulates the lives of a forgotten people still alive in the memories of Japan. It confronts the issue of immigrant integration head-on, holding up a mirror to contemporary society and its treatment of displaced populations.

17 Dec 19
Forty Seven Samurai : A Tale of Vengeance and Death in Haiku and Letters

Forty Seven Samurai : A Tale of Vengeance and Death in Haiku and Letters

Review by Trevor Skingle

Hiroaki Sato’s examination is a close, comprehensive look at the Ako Incident through the context of its times, portraits of the main protagonists, and its literary legacy in the haiku of the avengers.

Yasuke. The True Story of the Legendary African Samurai

Yasuke. The True Story of the Legendary African Samurai

Review by Laurence Green

A tale of the life of Yasuke, the African mercenary-turned-samurai who found himself, against all odds, immersed in the very heart of political and military power in 16th century Japan, thousands of miles from his birthplace.

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