Book: The sailor who fell from grace with the sea

This book has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while. It’s actually my dad’s and we unearthed it (along with a variety of other books) one day while packing. The title sounded pretty interesting and Yukio Mishima is a reputable Japanese author. On hindsight, I had no idea what I was getting into. … Continue reading

Book: Japanese Short Stories – The Spider’s Thread

Only 6 pages long, it won’t take you more than 15 minute to get through. The Spider’s Thread tells the story of Kandata and exactly how evil he is. Even after being thrown a lifeline out of hell, he continues to think only of himself which naturally leads to his downfall (quite literally). The story … Continue reading

Book: Japanese Short Stories – The Hell Screen

  One of the great japanese classics. It was really painful to read. But I think that’s most likely a translation issue. I did manage to get through the entire story and enjoy it though. It reminded me very much of Vathek. It’s the mixture of supernatural and tragedy with strange plots afoot. What really … Continue reading

Book: Japanese Short Stories

Ryunosuke Akutagawa is lauded as the father of short stories in Japan. I’ve heard a good deal about a number of his stories, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to read them. In this collection that I read, majority of the stories took characters from popular folklore or famous people in … Continue reading

Book: Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination

My fascination with Japan is not limited to anime and manga. I absolutely love the food, the culture and fashion, the country itself and more recently the books. I have yet to learn Japanese, although years of anime watching has given me a basic understanding of certain often used words. Still, to be able to read … Continue reading