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  1. Dharma delight

    Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide to Buddhism and Zen
    Buddhism and Zen are the subjects of Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat’s colourful new book, Dharma Delight. I’m a lover of Zen (and Buddhism to an extent), and I’m a practicing artist, so really is up my alley. JREF thought I would feel comfortable reviewing it. I was apprehensive upon flipping through the book. Still, the introduction won me over quite a lot with two points: He talks of being in Japan and asking about Zen to Japanese friends, and they couldn’t answer. While Zen is still...
  2. Japan Journeys

    I love this book. End of review. No, I should write a little more than that. I do love it though. Japan Journeys is a collection of ukiyo-e (the Japanese term for woodblock prints pre-20th century) themed around travel in Japan. I’m not an expert on ukiyo-e, but I’m quite familiar with the subject. I got my first book on woodblock prints 20 years ago, got a few more after that, and have attended a few exhibitions on them while traveling in Japan. At this point, I’ve stopped buying...
  3. Tokyo: Capital of Cool

    Tokyo is a difficult city to get a handle on. I’ve personally only spent a matter of weeks there, and I didn’t even scratch the surface of it. It’s a world class destination, and for Westerners in particular, it has a magic aura. Talking to friends at home in Canada, I’ve been told so many times, “I’d love to go to Tokyo.” From that point of view, I can clearly see the general appeal of a book like this. Author Rob Goss has done his research and uses his knowledge of the city to give it...
  4. Cool Japan Guide

    This full-color graphic novel Japan guidebook is the first of it's kind exploring Japanese culture from a cartoonist's perspective. Cool Japan Guide
    Cute. That’s the word for this book. Upon opening it, I quickly realised I was not a member of the target audience. Not because it’s cute (I like cute stuff), but because I have experience traveling, experience in Japan, and I don’t have rose-coloured glasses when viewing Japan. On top of that, I found it graphically unsophisticated, and the colouring gaudy. That isn’t to say there isn’t a market for it, and that some wouldn’t love this book. I think there is, and some will. It just...
  5. Roger Dahl's Comic Japan

    Roger Dahl's Zero Gravity cartoon strip has been a popular feature of Japan's leading English-language daily newspaper, The Japan Times, since 1991.
    Roger Dahl's Comic Japan: Best of Zero Gravity Cartoons from The Japan Times-The Lighter Side of Tokyo Life is a collection of humour strips by Roger Dahl that originally appeared in the Japan Times. As such, it reads much like other collections of newspaper strips that most should be familiar with. The strip’s format is like that of many weekly strips, closer to Sunday funny size than the three or four panel daily strip, but in black and white. Dahl has definitely lived in Japan. I...
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