Category: Books

Interview: Marcus Bird’s new Book – “Naked as the Day”

This is a fast, big city story with interesting characters and vivid conversations. It is a book for people that like something different and unexpected. This is also a book for people who know about wanting to, or took a step towards self-actualization in the face of an uncertain future

— Marcus Bird on his new book, entitled “Naked As The Day”

Some of you may know Marcus Bird from his online adventures around the world, with his web series Jamaican in Japan or Jamaican in Egypt. He is no stranger to Japan, having lived there for two years, and in particular, Tokyo. The former Tokyo socialite...


Tokyo on Foot – Book Review


I have reviewed some great Japan related books over the years but “Tokyo on Foot” may be my favourite Tokyo related book ever. I like this book so much because it is very unique, showcases they artistic skill of the author and offers a genuine...


A Samurai Never Fears Death – Book Review


The fifth book in the Samurai Mysteries series by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler is called “A Samurai Never Fears Death” and follows up on the first four in the series Ghost in the Tokaido Inn, Demon in the Teahouse, In Darkness, Death and The Sword that Cut the Burning Grass....


Japanese Covers for Game of Thrones books


I am a big fan of the Game of Thrones series that premiered on HBO earlier this year. Being a epic fantasy geek I was looking for a excuse to blog about the series and I have just found it. George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of...


Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

While going some digging in my room recently I unearthed a long lost book I bought over a year ago when I acquired Drainspotting, The Sword that Cut the Burning Grass and the book I am currently reading A Samurai Never Fears Death. I remember putting it...


The Sword that Cut the Burning Grass – Book Review

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The forth book in the Samurai Mysteries series by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler is called The Sword that Cut the Burning Grass. I have already read the first 3 books in the series Ghost in the Tokaido Inn, Demon in the Teahouse and In Darkness, Death which all had...


In Darkness, Death – Book Review


In Darkness, Death is the award wining third installment of Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler’s Samurai Mysteries series. I described the first book Ghost in the Tokaido Inn as eerie and the second book Demon in the Teahouse as unpredictable and it seems that this book...


Drainspotting: Japan’s Artistic Manhole Covers


There are many things to like about Japan. Anime, temples, samurai and electronics are some of the usual things that come to mind right away. However, there is something that is not so normal that I have been intrigued by about Japan since I first...


The Demon in the Teahouse – Book Review


The second book in the Samurai Mysteries series is The Demon in the Teahouse. It picks up right after the exciting happenings of the first book which I reviewed called The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn. After enjoying the first book so much I was...