Finding Japanese Mystery Fiction

Finding Japanese Mystery Fiction

Sometimes you choose a project. Other times it chooses you. My first major translation project was Kirino Natsuo’s Grotesque. I came about the translation in a circuitous fashion. A Japanese Studies scholar in Canada wrote to tell me about an agent in the US who was...
IKKO’s Kimono Transbeauty

IKKO’s Kimono Transbeauty

Today’s post is provided by Dr. Jan Bardsley, Professor Emerita, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Jan is well known for her captivating studies of Japanese women, from beauty queens to housewives and now, most recently, to maiko. Her forthcoming monograph,...
It’s Just a Cup of Tea

It’s Just a Cup of Tea

For part one of this story, see previous post, My first—and only—Omiai. And you thought omiai were just for fictional characters in Japanese novels! It was April 1977.  I had a dance recital in the large auditorium of a fancy hotel across from Hakata Station.  I had...