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Book Review: ‘Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan’ by Vasudev Murthy

Sherlock Holmes The Missing Years Japan

An iconic character like Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes often generates knockoffs—some terrible, some fair. 'The Missing Years' starts with some promise, but ends up more like a fake Rolex. Read More »

Interview: Lars Martinson, Author and Artist of Graphic Novel ‘Tonoharu’

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I think sometimes fiction actually allows you to be more honest than autobiography, because it gives you plausible deniability. Read More »

Interview: Grace Mineta, the Texan in Tokyo (‘My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy’)

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The Texan behind the popular 'Texan in Tokyo' blog and author of 'My Japanse Husband Thinks I'm Crazy' talks about how she got started, and the costs of 'making it big.' Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Tokyo Karaoke Murder’ by Fran Pickering

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Japanphiles and crime lovers alike will love this introduction to the Josie Clark in Japan series. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Hunting Gun,’ ‘Bullfight,’ and ‘Life of a Counterfeiter’ by Yasushi Inoue

Yaushi Inoue

Inoue's early works cast a light upon a period of Japanese history, the post-World War Two period, that is little known to most English-speaking readers. They also reveal why he is as venerated as he is. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Cherry Blossom Murder’ by Fran Pickering

The Cherry Blossom Murder - Fran Pickering

The first in a series of "Josie Clark in Japan" mysteries proves a promising debut. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘Doodu Boy’ by Stefhen Bryan

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Author Stefhen Bryan's performance piece chronicling his triumphs over childhood abuse and sexual addiction comes off more opportunistic than inspirational. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Basil Twist’s ‘Dogugaeshi’

Dogugaeshi, pictured Yumiko Tanaka (c) Richard Termine, courtesy of Tandem Otter Productions

Most shows have backdrops. But what happens when the backdrops are the show? Read More »

Book Review: ‘How to Lose a War at Sea: Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders,’ edited by Bill Fawcett

Book Review How to Lose a War at Sea Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders edited by Bill Fawcett

Errors spanning the centuries: from the days of the Spanish Armada to naval blunders from the 1960s. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Virus: The Day of Resurrection’ by Sakyo Komatsu

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Virus would have made a good low budget science fiction movie. At 300 pages of dull prose, it’s a terribly hard slog of a cautionary tale. Read More »