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Book At A Setagaya Coffee Shop

Por kirai el 16 de April de 2015 en Books

The other day I was taking one of my aimless strolls around Setagaya, a residential area in Tokyo with many green areas. I like to get lost around the alleys of the neighbourhood in which Akira Kurosawa lived, and I always enjoy finding new places in town. I went into a random coffee shop to […]

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Jet Black and the Ninja Wind

Por kirai el 16 de January de 2014 en Books

Jet Black and the Ninja Wind is one of the best novels where the action is based in Japan I’ve ever read. It is a young Adult novel about the last living female ninja and her quest to save her tribe and her own life. Action, Japanese culture and history (learning a lot about Japanese […]

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Loco in Yokohama – Baye McNeil’s new book

Por kirai el 29 de October de 2013 en Books

Loco in Yokohama is Baye McNeil’s newest book. Known by the foreigner community in Japan by his blog Loco in yokohama he writes books relating his experiences in Japan in first person. If I try to “explain” Japan in my book “A Geek in Japan”, Baye McNeil’s just talks with his heart and sometimes you […]

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Neuromancer – Japanese Vocabulary

Por kirai el 29 de August de 2013 en Books,Japanese

During the 80s the United States started to see that unavoidably Japan would soon become the largest economy in the world. Japan was seen in the 60s and 70s as a country that was only able to produce cheap imitation gadgets but in the 80s Japan had turned into a country able to produce cutting […]

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South of the Border, West of the Sun

Por kirai el 11 de July de 2013 en Books

Not long ago I re-read the novel South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami and I realized that I still hadn’t written about this fabulous love story in this blog. Sometimes Japanese literary critics criticize Haruki Murakami for being a Japanese author that “is barely Japanese” and for being too influenced […]

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Edogawa Rampo Coffee Shop

Por kirai el 16 de June de 2013 en Books

Last month we were walking around Sendagi and Nippori and we ended up in a coffee shop where the writer Edogawa Rampo used to go. We went into the coffee shop and a woman served us a bad and expensive coffee. But I found that the decoration, which reminded me of the mysterious narrative of […]

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Por kirai el 29 de April de 2013 en Books

I already have in my hands the new novel by Haruki Murakami, as of now only available in Japanese, with the title “色彩を持たない多崎つくると、彼の巡礼の年” that would translate as “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”. It seems like when Murakami started writing the story he was thinking about writing a short story but he ended […]

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Jim Rogers in Tokyo

Por kirai el 22 de February de 2013 en Books

I had been reading about Jim Rogers for some years but up until now I hadn’t read any of his books. In “Invesment Biker, Around the World with Jim Rogers” he tells us about his ride around the world on a motorcycle with a hot blonde half his age at the end of the 80s […]

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