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Japan! Anderson International Festival 2014

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Paperback) by Yukio Mishima (Author) John Nathan (Translator). After reading this, I wondered what kind of mind could think of this, and started reading more of Mishima Yukio's works and studied Japanese literature.

I love Japanese literature. I was attracted to this book as I heard Tanizaki was a good writer (he was), plus this edition had a beautiful cover. The image is taken from a vintage kimono pattern.

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?

Japanese Literature

Murasaki Shikibu: "The Tale of Genji" A beautiful story in this classic work of Japanese literature written by the Japanese noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century

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."

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.

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.

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.