SBP Blog

Announcing: The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 20, 2018

A remarkable cross-cultural history that rescues the swastika, an ancient Buddhist symbol, from its deployment by the forces of hate. Read More

Tracy Franz on her new book and continuing Zen practice

Michael Palmer - Monday, June 04, 2018

Tracy Franz's new book My Year of Dirt and Water is making waves. Check out her interview with Sumeru Press on her book and her continued life in Zen practice. Read More

Foreword Reviews on 'My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan' by Tracy Franz

Intern Intern - Friday, May 04, 2018

Our good friends at Foreword Reviews just wrote an illuminating book review of one of our upcoming titles, My Year of Dirt and Water by Tracy Franz, a memoir that "offers the singular pleasure of a story that obscures but is not obscured." Read the full review below.  Read More

The Japanese Poetic Tradition of Haibun in Basho's 'Narrow Road to the Interior'

Intern Intern - Friday, April 27, 2018

Although his name has become synonymous with haiku mastery, Edo era poet Matsuo Bashō’s exalted status in Japanese literature is equally indebted to the prose compositions he wrote throughout his lifetime. However, poetry and prose were not mutually exclusive for Bashō, with some of his finest work dabbling in and fusing both forms of written expression. Read More

Authors Karen Maezen Miller and John Keeble on 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Intern Intern - Monday, April 02, 2018

Slated to hit bookstores this summer, Tracy Franz's memoir My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk’s Wife in Japan is already making quite a splash amongst writers and critics. Here's a taste of what this book is all about from two great authors: Read More

Like our blog? Please share it!


Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

Easy and Fun Katakana

Learn the second key Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples.

Exploring Kyoto

This revised and updated edition of the Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples and features expanded information on new museums and gardens now open year-round for viewing.

My Year of Dirt and Water

Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery.

Tag Cloud

polite matcha stone bridge cafe monk wife classic japanese literature in the woods of memory buddhist swastika publishing journal' monks wife graphic novels swastika japanese bath Tokyo Olympics student teacher center of east asian studies michael emmerich mark gibeau books japan today reviews the japan times pottery Japanese holidays Japan washington dc new books monk Children's Books eastern and western philosophy japanese travel japanese drunk book tour takuma sminkey danica davidson japan memoir shun medoruma Asian Studies japanese culture expat Japanese literature china history asia holocaust literary prize how to order in japan eating in japan book publicity purification Basho manners monks wife tokyo comics asian review of books bookstore tourist Chinese history nara four immigrants book hoarding Okinawan literature japan etiquette guide The Colorado Review Alexandra Johnson kyoto PEN AWARD yukio mishima Spring Festival buddhist book signing min kahng the fourth string japan restaurant non-fiction fred schodt classic japan custom no longer human musical Chinese culture tea UCLA WWII peace illustration Coming of Age Day literary review stone bridge press hooked cross leonard koren author japanese etiquette tea garden japan food Japanese aesthetics AAS kansuke naka zen etiquette huffpost henry kiyama jing liu comic history wife damian flanagan World War Two janet pocorobba Poetry japanese classic Translation japanese people ningen shikkaku journal of a zen monks wife in japan author signing anime huffington post book blurb literature donald keene buddhism tracy franz Basho's Narrow Road hiroaki sato Anime/Manga/Comics university of chicago world literature today william f sibley astrology frederik schodt drinking in japan japanese otakuusa verticle shamisen Olympics osamu tezuka gaijin pot Language Art/Design Korea photography disney Children's Literature the hidden writer the silver spoon the buddhist swastika author event 1960s Korea suicide Culture History gaijinpot Ukiyo-e how to travel in japan religion Interview japanese customs review memoir haibun ritual announcement China t.k. nakagaki haiku rachel manley how to Year of the Dog visitor japan guide Christianity giajin amy chavez green tea award Chiune Sugihara japan travel politics and prose my year of dirt and water memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist author tour osaka zazen poetry of consciousness what do in japan zen monk a shameful life book review Second World War gratitude in japan Spirituality hitler osamu dazai World War II 2020 Olympics Nikolas Bunton travel to japan Travel 1960's Japan seppuku publicity tricycle magazine Japanese art jared cook tk nakagaki chinese comics travel Japan bowing in japan Chinese New Year journal photography blurb japanese book Shoah Chinese Astrology internment understandind china through comics VIZ Korea sensei diary manga suehiro maruo Christianity in Japan amys guide to best behavior in japan book behavior new york nazi dark horse koun