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An epic saga: ‘Pachinko’ book review

An epic saga: ‘Pachinko’ book review


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is a rare find. It’s an epic family saga, enlightening historical novel, tragic love story, exploration of identity and so much more. Not to mention, how beautiful is the cover? Pachinko traces the life, joys, struggles and misfortunes of an immigrant Korean family in Japan. It begins in a rural Korean … Continue reading

Reading ‘Slow Boat’ by Hideo Furukawa

Reading ‘Slow Boat’ by Hideo Furukawa


Japanese literature fans may already be aware that Pushkin Press has been releasing a series of Japanese novellas this year. The latest of these releases is Hideo Furukawa’s Slow Boat, a story of a man trapped in Tokyo. Slow Boat flits between the present, as our narrator Boku wanders a deserted Tokyo on Christmas Eve, and the … Continue reading

Reading ‘Tokyo’ by Nicholas Hogg

Reading ‘Tokyo’ by Nicholas Hogg


I recently won several books in a competition held by Love Japan Magazine, which is basically the best kind of prize I could ever win (next to an actual trip to Japan). I was spoiled for choice with some great books but Nicholas Hogg’s Tokyo was the first I picked up because its plot had me immediately … Continue reading

Reading ‘Japan – Culture Smart!’

Reading ‘Japan – Culture Smart!’


It won’t come as a shock to anyone reading this blog that Japanese culture is very different to British – or western – culture. The importance of bowing, the unspoken rules of gift giving, the importance of religious observation for even the coolest of teenagers, the attitude towards women in the workplace and private life… … Continue reading

Book review: Silence

Book review: Silence


You will likely have seen trailers and posters for Martin Scorcese’s latest film, Silence, which was released in the UK at the beginning of this year. Unfortunately, I missed the film because I was determined to read the novel it was based on first and subsequently missed the screenings. So, my review of Shusaku Endo’s … Continue reading