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 […]

Pratchett, Terry

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites is the third Discworld novel and my first Terry Pratchett. Normally I would never ever read a book out of series order, but after hearing over and over from people that The Colour of Magic, the first Discworld novel, is not the ideal place to start since it’s not by all means the […]

Yokota, Shigeru and Sakie

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 […]

Kundera, Milan

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Prior to reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being I was never quite sure what the book was about. It seemed to be one of those books that is hard to summarize. I would describe it as a book on relationships and sexual escapades with the backdrop of Czech politics. Main characters are Tomas the womanizer […]

Mori, Ōgai

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 […]