By Ryu Murakami.
Ryu Murakami has often been called the Japanese Brett Easton Ellis, his novels filled with sex, drugs, crime and the Japanese underworld. Sixty-Nine is his third novel, first published in 1987. The novel a coming-of-age story with autobiographical elements.
Through Another Europe: An Anthology on Travel Writing on the Balkans
Edited by Andrew Hammond.
The Balkans is an area where I haven’t travelled a lot, but which I would love to visit. I have only been in the Balkans twice. Five years ago, in August 2010, I visited Dubrovnik, earlier this year I visited Sarajevo. I loved both places and soon I have to return to the Balkans for a longer visit.
Traveller’s History of Japan
By Richard Tames
A Traveller’s History of Japan gives a quick overview of Japan’s history. From the myths and legend still being told today, the Jomon Culture, the influence fron China and Korea, the Meiji restoration through to the Second Wotld War and the Japanese miracle after the war.
Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan
By Robert Whiting
Tokyo Underworld tells the strange and interesting story about Nick Zappetti, a native New Yorker who moved to Japan as part of the invasion forces after the Second World War. In time he became known as ‘the Mafia boss of Tokyo’.
Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath
By Paul Ham
In August 1945, two nuclear bombs, Little Boy and Fat Man, was dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Never before and never after has a nuclear bomb been used in a war.
The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice by Trevor Corson.
In The Story of Sushi, Trevor Corson follows a group of students at the California Sushi Academy. He stays with the class throughout their whole education, and through their classes and experiences manages to tell not only their story, but also the story of Sushi, both in Japan and in the US.
Video Night in Kathmandu
By Pico Iyer
Asia, the far east. The Orient. A culture so different from the Western world. Different food, different customs, different ways of looking at life. Or is it?
Video Night in Kathmandu looks at how America and the Western world slowly is seeping into Asia. Taking over their culture, fast-food chains outcompeting the local restaurants, American movies being remade in Bollywood.