The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell. My Rating: 4/5 In this collection, Campbell has created a set of twisted fairytales. She looks at issues that affect our society, like has the myth of an everlasting perfect love story warped our minds? Why is disfigurement always associated with … Continue reading The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

Japonisme: Ikigai, Forest Bathing, Wabi-sabi and more by Erin Niimi Longhurst

My Rating: 4.5/5 Erin Niimi Longhurst's Japonisme is a stunning book with a unique insight into Japanese culture. Longhurst draws on her experience as a half-Japanese woman who has lived most of her life in the West, while keeping strong roots in the East, to share Japanese wisdom in a way that is accessible and … Continue reading Japonisme: Ikigai, Forest Bathing, Wabi-sabi and more by Erin Niimi Longhurst

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami

My Rating: 5/5 Underground was my first dip into Murakami's non-fiction work, but it certainly won't be my last! I thought I would miss the traditional Murakami-ism's, but the writing stood up on its own and I was impressed with the way he took each survivors account and crafted it into a poignant, short story. … Continue reading Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami

The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan by Alan Booth

My Rating: 4.5/5 The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan is a wonderful travelogue on a side of Japan rarely seen by outsiders. As I started reading I couldn't help but compare Booth with Abroad in Japan YouTuber Chris Broad. Both show us the country they love with honesty, wit, and a sense of … Continue reading The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan by Alan Booth