Tag: Japan

Our Migrant World

Within the rhetorical toolbox of contemporary political discourse, the language used to characterize international migration, refugee crises, and border crossings might fairly be called impoverished ...

Hirado, the End of the World

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery.   The journey from Tokyo to the island of Hirado, just off the coast of Nagasaki ...

Murakami on Friendship

It might be fair to say that Haruki Murakami has had two narrative modes in his novels and short stories. Works like Norwegian Wood (1987) illustrate his “normal” mode, in which he recounts a ...

What Makes a “True Novel”?

Minae Mizumura’s A True Novel is an utterly absorbing love story set against the broad backdrop of pre- and postwar Japan. It tells the story of Taro Azuma, who grows up as an orphan in grinding ...

Japanese on Montagu Street

This is the latest installment of Public Streets, a biweekly urban observations series curated by Ellis Avery.   “My colleagues think I’m going to come back with this crazy haircut,” says the ...

Edible Comics

Comics and food have a longstanding relationship, most spectacularly in a unique genre known in Japan, its country of origin, as ryôri manga, or cooking comics. These are comics entirely devoted to ...

Notes on a Reading

We asked novelist and Public Books contributor Ellis Avery to tell us about the Public Books event she recently hosted at Three Lives Books in Manhattan’s West Village with Ruth Ozeki, the author of ...

For Now and for Nao

Both of the protagonists in Ruth Ozeki’s new novel, A Tale for the Time Being, set out to tell one story and wind up telling another. “Ruth”—like the book’s author a novelist living on an island in ...

A Heike for the Ages

The Tale of the Heike (Heike monogatari), often referred to as Japan’s “epic,” is the subject of a lively new translation by Royall Tyler, the preeminent translator of Japanese classics. A work on ...