Tagged with Book review

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

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: 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