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Book review: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

Book review: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders


With Sherlock back to grace our TV screens this month, there’s no better time to discover another detective book series. The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada, published in 1981, introduces the reader to the eccentric astrologer-cum-detective Kiyoshi Mitarai and his younger colleague Kazumi Ishioka as they try to crack the mystery behind a grotesque series of murders … Continue reading

Book review: Stormdancer

Book review: Stormdancer


I could probably just write the words “Japan, fantasy, steampunk” and be done with this book review, because that would be enough to make a lot of you reading this blog to go and pick up Stormdancer. Then again, this book deserves more than three words for its review. Stormdancer, by Australian author Jay Kristoff, is set … Continue reading

Book review: Botchan

Book review: Botchan


Anyone who loves Japanese literature will tell you that Natsume Soseki is one of those authors whose works you really need to read. I’m ashamed to admit that the likes of Kokoro and I am a Cat (how have I not read that one?) have been on my ‘to read’ list for far too long, … Continue reading

Book Review: Spring Snow

Book Review: Spring Snow


I realise we’re still in the first week of January, but I’m going to say it: we have an early contender for the book’s blog of the year 2016! As with all my book reviews, I will keep detail on the plot brief so you can discover the magic for yourself. Spring Snow is a … Continue reading

Book review: Number 9 Dream

Book review: Number 9 Dream


Number 9 Dream is the second novel from David Mitchell, he of Cloud Atlas fame. He spent a few years travelling around Japan before he became a published writer, and you can see he got a lot of his inspiration from his time in the country. Number 9 Dream is a fairly trippy story set in … Continue reading

Book of the month: KAI

Book of the month: KAI


When I got an email in my inbox from the delightful Mr Derek Vasconi asking ‘Would you be interested in reviewing my Japanese horror fiction book?’, I immediately said “yes!” because it was a high time I branched out into a genre that normally keeps me hidden behind the sofa all evening. If, like me, you steer … Continue reading

Book review: Sushi and Beyond

Book review: Sushi and Beyond


If you think you know ‘pretty much everything’ about Japanese food, and you aren’t actually a Japanese chef, you probably haven’t read Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese know about cooking by Michael Booth. You might be familiar with your sushi, don and okonomiyaki, but what about chanko nabe, nagashi somen, sogi giri or the secret to … Continue reading

Book review: The Good Shufu

Book review: The Good Shufu


Can love be strong enough to pass a different language, country and entirely different culture? Is there part of you that secretly thinks, ‘I wish I could meet Mr or Ms Right, preferably in Japan so I have an excuse to move there?’ If either of these questions pique your interest, I highly recommend The … Continue reading