Underground by Haruki Murakami

Since the war ended, Japan’s economy has grown rapidly to the point where we’ve lost any sense of crisis and material things are all that matters. The idea that it’s wrong to harm others has gradually disappeared. It’s been said before, I know, but this really brought it home to me. What happens if you raiseContinue reading “Underground by Haruki Murakami”

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino Book Review

What an absolutely boring ride! I got attracted by the idea of a police investigation book set in Japan and the “Over 2 Million Sold!” sticker made me think that it couldn’t be that bad. This is one of the worst buys I’ve made this year as the suspense was not in the who’d doneContinue reading “The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino Book Review”

Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden (1998)

I remember the first time I watched Memoirs of a Gheisha close to 14 years ago. And the second time. And the third time. And the fascination I’ve developed for anything Japanese. Kimonos, tea ceremony, hair styles, even those silly flip flops. So you’re probably wondering – if I liked it this much, how come IContinue reading “Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden (1998)”

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro Book Review

Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, sometimes it’s so dreadfully boring that you contemplate starting a fire with the book and warming yourself up a little. Indeed, I sometimes got the impression she was unable properly to breathe anything other than the air surrounding the most distinguished persons. “When we were Orphans”  follows Christopher Banks, anContinue reading “When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro Book Review”

Suicide Forest (World’s Scariest Places #1) by Jeremy Bates

SUICIDE forest is real. the Japanese call it Aokigahara Jukai, which means “Sea of Trees.” Each year local authorities remove from it more than one hundred bodies, most found hanging from tree branches and in various states of decay. Abandoned tents, moldy sleeping bags, dirty daypacks, and miles of ribbon litter the forest floor. ItContinue reading “Suicide Forest (World’s Scariest Places #1) by Jeremy Bates”

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” sold more than one million copies in its first month of publication in Japan in April 2013. I can totally see why! While going through my growing Murakami book collection, I decided to read this interestingly titled story next. One heart is not connected to another throughContinue reading “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami”

Autumn Moonlight Haiku and the works of Matsuo Basho

Autumn moonlight– a worm digs silently into the chestnut. Who was Matsuo Basho? It is believed that he was born in 1644 at or near Ueno in Iga Province, about thirty miles southeast of Kyoto and two hundred miles west of Edo. He was called Kinsaku and several other names as a child; he hadContinue reading “Autumn Moonlight Haiku and the works of Matsuo Basho”

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Musashi gives timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant that will resonate with both martial artists and everyone else interested in skillfully dealing with conflict. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was a mastery of the mind rather than simply technicalContinue reading “The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi”