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Hiroshima – melted people

Hiroshima by: John Hershey pub: Penguin In January I visited Hiroshima. I’m not sure I wanted to. I was going there on a recommendation of a friend to see bugaku at Miyajima shrine near Hiroshima. I was afraid Hiroshima would … Continue reading

26. March 2008 by ロバート
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The Teahouse Fire

The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery published by Vintage Originals This is a very interesting debut novel by Ellis Avery. What struck me most about it is the author had obviously learnt Japanese and learnt it in some depth. Usually … Continue reading

11. March 2008 by ロバート
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Social Histories of Japan 2 – Autobiography of a Geisha

Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda pub: Vintage Second in my short series about social histories of Japan. Usually when you think of geisha you have an image of elegance in Kyoto. And geisha are adamant about how their … Continue reading

05. March 2008 by ロバート
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Social Histories of Japan 1 – Confessions of a Yakuza

Confessions of a Yakuza by Dr Junichi Saga pub: Kodansha International Press History books are so often about generals and leaders and battles and wars. The majority of histories of Japan seem to be about either World War 2 (variously … Continue reading

05. March 2008 by ロバート
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