Premodern Japan: Beautifully Comprehensive & Concise

After many months of searching, I finally found a history book about Japan that is co-authored by a Japanese individual, and I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. This is a very comprehensive telling of Japanese history from ancient times right up to the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, and thus the…

Japanese Tales: Marvellous Mythos & Folklore

“Stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends—these tales reflect the Japanese worldview during a classic period in Japanese civilization.” Japanese Tales is a marvellous compilation of mythology, folklore, and fables depicting the early cultural, political, and social norms for Japan during the 12th through 14th centuries. I read this alongside a history…

Review: The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks

The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks written by Igort is a graphic novel that tells two distinct stories. The first one is of a forced famine in Ukraine that was shepherded by the USSR between 1931 and 1932. The reason behind such a course of action was due in part to the people of Ukraine not…