Posts Tagged "Japanese"

13.Mar.2011 Incoming Non Fictions

In the midst of my non fiction binge, I succumbed to the world wide web and acquired these babies. I have since started on a new novel, so I may have passed that unusual phase. But really, I have all the intention to get to them in near future. My libraries don’t stock any of […]

13.Feb.2011 Oishinbo: Vegetables by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki

In this volume of Oishinbo the topic of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizer is very prevalent throughout. Organic grown vegetables is the way to go. Which is all nice and everything, but I’m not sure if it’d change my grocery shopping habit. I find it hard to justify the double or triple price of organic food […]

26.Dec.2010 Oishinbo: Japanese Cuisine by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki

Oishinbo (美味しんぼ, lit. “The Gourmet”) is a long-running cooking manga published between 1983 and 2008, but only in 2009 it is published in English in thematic compilation volumes (7 volumes so far), which means they contain “best of the best” and do not follow the original manga chronological order. There are a few minor storylines […]

30.Nov.2010 A Japan Meme

Hello Japan! November mini-challenge: a Japan meme (Talking about last minute!) My favourite Japanese food is sashimi because raw fish can be surprisingly YUMMY. The best Japanese book I’ve bought this year is Breaking into Japanese Literature: Seven Modern Classics in Parallel Text by Giles Murray. (I haven’t read it but I flipped through it […]

21.Nov.2010 Megumi: Documentary Manga on Abductions by North Korea

Before Megumi I never knew about the existence of “Documentary Manga” so I took the book out of the Japanese Foundation Library shelf with high curiosity. As what the title says, the manga is a true account of the abductions of Japanese people by the North Korea. Revolves around Megumi Yokota (横田めぐみ) who is one […]

04.Nov.2010 Mori Ōgai and Gyogenki

When I saw The Classics Circuit was having a tour on Meiji-Era Japanese Classics, I was intrigued. However apart from Natsume Sōseki and Ryunosuke Akutagawa, I had a big WHO? moment. I had not heard the rest of the people on the list. One name did ring a bell, and I checked the books I […]

29.Sep.2010 The Directors of Ghibli

When you hear about Studio Ghibli, the first that comes to mind for most people would be Hayao Miyazaki. You recognize his works from Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and many others. He’s THE Director of Ghibli, a personification of the biggest the most famous Japanese movie studio in the […]

18.Jul.2010 The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

This must be the bleakest graphic novel/manga I have ever read. I was intrigued when I saw this copy at Sydney Japanese Foundation Library. The book is designed and edited by Adrian Tomine (whose Shortcomings I have yet to read), and includes Tomine’s introduction. Yoshihiro Tatsumi is known as “the grandfather of Japanese alternative comics”. […]

27.Jun.2010 Talking About Manga

I don’t read manga that often anymore, only a few books a year if I’m up for it. But once upon a time, my whole life revolved around manga. Growing up in a country where translated or foreign books weren’t readily available, there was a point when I finished reading the whole kids library and […]

16.May.2010 Short Sunday: Sleep by Haruki Murakami

Back in my high school days, I was so into mountain hiking and camping it drove my parents crazy. It wasn’t so much about the activities, more about how unsafe it was for a bunch of teenagers to hike faraway mountains considering how wild these places are in Indonesia. There isn’t much organization or safety […]

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