The Japan Times has a nice piece by Roger Pulvers on the great early Soviet writer Boris Pilnyak (I wrote about him here, and I see I promised to write about his masterpiece, The Naked Year, which I still haven't done). The Pulvers piece focuses on his visit to Japan and the book he wrote about it, ????? ????????? ?????? (Roots of the Japanese sun), which I've been wanting to read ever since Sashura told me his Japanese professor had recommended it.
Two years ago I wrote about it in a long piece for the Telegraph magazine. Earlier this year The Telegraph produced an extraordinary piece of longform digital journalism analysing the extent of the problem. Both could be written off... Read Post
I missed this column from earlier in the week, but writer Kenichi Ohmae has a nice piece in the FT on the three stages to expect in the current credit crisis. He models it on what happened to Japan during its crisis, pointing out re... Read Post
In The Japan Times Roger Pulvers finds Twin tours de force offer insights into Japan not lost in translation, as he maintains: The year 2010 may come to be seen as a landmark in terms of literature written in English that draws on J... Read Post