Anderson International Festival 2014-Japan
Japanese folktales for kids. List and reviews of great picture books to read aloud. May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
16 Japanese Folktales for Kids - What Do We Do All Day?
Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami
The Book Cover Archive: Norwegian Wood, design by John Gall
Highly recommended: a personal matter by one of my favorite authors, Kenzaburo Oe. I was a Japanese literature major in college - go figure...
Brown Bag Book Club Selection, February 26: When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered during renovations at Seattle's Panama Hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a personal quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment and of Keiko, a Japanese girl whose love transcended cultures and generations.
As part of the festival, our nonfiction book club, the Bookmarkers, is discussing Haruki Murakami's "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" on Feb 3!
As part of the AIF celebration of Japan, come to the Belton Library to see "Legend of the Millennium Dragon". From IMDb: "A 15-year-old boy goes 1200 years back in time to find his unlikely destiny as the savior to end the war between humans and demons."
The Belton Branch is showing Kiki's Delivery Service on Jan. 18th!
With a determined plan to reunite his mother and father, the 10-year-old boy named Wataru knowingly enters a fantasy realm inhabited by a goddess who has the power to change destiny. With the help of the Lizard Boy, the Cat Girl, and the Fire-breathing Dragon, Wataru faces a series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. One way or another, the young hero must reach the Tower of Destiny and bring his mother and father back together again.
Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. But she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting.
It tells the tale of a young woman who moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to get over her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. She finds herself spending too much time staring out her window, though ... until she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a young man across the street staring out his window, too.
Written in the eleventh century, this portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world's first novel. The Tale of Genji is a very long romance, running to fifty-four chapters and describing the court life of Heian Japan, from the tenth century into the eleventh.
"When Ruth finds a piece of debris washed up on a beach on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest she discovers the diary of sixteen-year-old Nao, living in Tokyo, who decides that death is the only escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century."
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace--and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.
Written by a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself.
Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.
Runaway Horses (The Sea of Fertility #2) by Yukio Mishima, Michael Gallagher (Translator) 4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 · rating details · 1,348 ratings · 74 reviews Isao is a young, engaging patriot, and a fanatical believer in the ancient samurai ethos. He turns terrorist, organising a violent plot against the new industrialists, who he believes are threatening the integrity of Japan and usurping the Emperor’s rightful power. As the conspiracy unfolds and unravels, Mishima brilliantly chronicles
Isao is a young, engaging patriot, and a fanatical believer in the ancient samurai ethos. He turns terrorist, organising a violent plot against the new industrialists, who he believes are threatening the integrity of Japan and usurping the Emperor’s rightful power. As the conspiracy unfolds and unravels, Mishima brilliantly chronicles the conflicts of a decade that saw the fabric of Japanese life torn apart.
After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit. But when he attempts to leave the next morning, he quickly discovers that the locals have other plans. Held captive with seemingly no chance of escape, he is tasked with shoveling back the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to destroy the village. His only companion is an odd young woman.