our friends and colleagues never fail to mention: "There is not
enough time in the day." That's what we commonly hear when trying
to elicit discussion on a work of Japan-based fiction, thought-provoking
non-fiction or stranger still: "non-fictional fiction."
The book review seems to be a dying art in the English-speaking
world. Book reviewers frequently insult the intelligence of their
readers by resorting to book jacket blurbs and mind-numbing hagiolatry
rather than engaging the reader in an honest discussion of the substance
(or lack thereof). Other reviews simply revert to the third-grade
book report format: "I like this book and it was about [x]." Full
What insights can be drawn from a rubber-stamped title? Good question.
The answer is "not much," of course. The act alone can just as easily
turn the general reader off as if you had not said anything at all.
We therefore believe that books (especially good ones) deserve an
honest assessment; with even the most provocative and outrageous
thesis having some merit if it elicits genuine dialogue, furthers
our insight or better still—forces us to re-examine our basic
beliefs. Having the opportunity to write for some major newspapers
and journals on the subject gave us the chance to indulge our Japan-related
backgrounds and puts this theory to work. From there it was just
one small step to the internet and voilà—JapanReview.Net
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movies, television—all things Japanese. We sometimes fail.
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