August 01, 2017

Book Review: Kill the Shogun By Dale Furutani











Author:        Dale Furutani  
Publisher:    Harper Collins, New York.USA.2000.
                        ISBN:          0-688-15819-6       
                      Pages:          230

Daily life in Edo (Tokyo) in 1603

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Dale Furutani writes about Edo (modern day Tokyo) in 1603 when the Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa ruled and was building Edo castle.

A historical samurai story about a ronin (a master less samurai) Kaze Matsuyama who lost his lord in the great battle of Sekigahara a major turning point in Japanese history.

We find him seeking to avenge his lord and lords wifes death and to find and take care of their young daughter who has been taken away by strangers.

Action and waiting were a natural balance, like breathing in and breathing out p201

The story takes us along the dusty streets, wooden houses, theatres and gambling dens of the sprawling Edo where we gain insights into politics, daily life, military rule. He particularly draws us to the many special things that made Edo great, for example: street vendors, entertainers, bath houses and the people.

A very insightful look into an important historical period with an entertaining view of the people, lifestyle, relationships and loyalties.














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July 01, 2017

Book Review: After the quake by Haruki Murakami












Author:                  Haruki Murakami
Translated by:       Jay Rubin  
Publisher:              The Harvill Press, UK. 2002
                ISBN:                     1860469671 
                Pages:                   132

Six short stories linked to the Kobe Earthquake

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A collection of fictional short stories
that are fun, light, personal, warm and engaging that share a wide range of views from Japanese society including love, relationships, pain, superstition, anxiety, & loneliness.

We get to indulge with six unique stories that take you away from the everyday and allow you to engage with the characters, places and settings of each story.

All the stories are linked to the tragedy of the Kobe earthquake.






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