Every time best-selling author Haruki Murakami puts out a book, his international fans cannot wait to have his latest work translated to English. And once it is finally in English form, it starts a whole new wave of interest in the acclaimed writer once again. He owes his international success to his loyal team of translators, and bringing his work to life in English isn't always an easy task.
Best-selling author Haruki Murakami, in a very rare public appearance, talked about his new book "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage" at a special event at Kyoto University on Monday. He says his latest novel, which has sold more than a million copies a week since it launched last month, is a reflection of his deep interest in people and their relationships with each other.
As the World War II U.S. atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are quite inseparable from their legacies, Clifton Truman Daniel – President Harry Truman's grandson – said on Thursday that he plans to make good on his desire to write a book about A-bomb survivors in Japan. Daniel said that he is planning to travel to Japan with his son in June to interview and record the survivors' stories in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Thinking of writing the next great Pulitzer prize-winning novel? There's an app for that! The Yaritori Book Store app for iPhone can collect your emails with your friends, turn it into a book, and you can even have it printed and bound like a real tome.
In Yamagata City, elderly people who survived attacks by U.S. fighter planes during World War II are putting together the recollections of their survival events and publishing it in a book, concentrating on an aerial attack in the Kazama pastoral district of the city that claimed two lives.
In another bid to finally shake off his iconic Harry Potter character, Daniel Radcliffe is starring in the screen adaptation of Tokyo Vice, a thriller set in Japan and based on the memoirs of American reporter Jake Adelstein who worked the crime beat in Tokyo. The movie is to be helmed by first time feature film director Anthony Mandler, more known for directing music videos for Rihanna, Jay-Z and Lana Del Ray.
The book set “Fishes of Japan with Pictorial Keys to the Species” published by the Tokai University Press, and of which Emperor Akihito is a co-author, is probably as close to an encyclopedic authority on all Japanese fish species as anyone can get. The three-volume ichthyological opus is on its third edition already, a landmark that was celebrated by the Japanese emperor and his co-authors in an event held in Tokyo's Kasumigaseki district on Monday, April 22.
The "sacred book" on seal art is a rare calligraphy treasure that people did not know existed, until the granddaughter of the man who collected the book announced it in 2003. But the book that would have been worth more than $1 million now, may now forever be lost or languishing somewhere in the house of the person who stole them.
Aside from acclaimed author Haruki Murakami, his Japanese publisher must be over the moon as his latest novel, Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi ("Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage") is on its way to become one of the fastest selling Japanese novels of the past few years. Bungeishunju Ltd. said that they have ordered one million print copies of the book that went on sale just last April 12.
The Yaesu Book Center, a Tokyo bookstore and affiliate of construction firm Kajima Corp., has started its very own beekeeping area on the rooftop of its building near the Tokyo Station in a bid to raise awareness about biodiversity and environmental protection in the city.