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    Narrative scrolls, emaki-mono, are the historical foundation of Japanese literature[UPDATED: 10-4-2019]

    Historically, Japanese literature began life as a unique blend of painting and prose, which generally took the form of narrative scrolls, known as emaki-mono in Japanese. For thousands of years these handscrolls have been used to record and share stories in Japan. An extremely famous and… Read more »
    Narrative scrolls, emaki-mono, are the historical foundation of Japanese literature Posted by Richard Nathan
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    Japan’s first rugby book published in 1909 criticised baseball, arguing that rugby was the superior sport[UPDATED: 9-11-2019]

    Japan’s first book on rugby, Ragubi Shiki Futoboru (Rugby-Style Football), was published in 1909, a digital copy of which can be accessed online at Japan’s National Diet Library. The book not only introduced the game and its rules to Japanese readers for the first time, but it… Read more »
    Japan’s first rugby book published in 1909 criticised baseball, arguing that rugby was the superior sport Posted by Richard Nathan
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    Kafka a popular author and name amongst Japan’s creatives[UPDATED: 8-28-2019]

    Kafka is a popular author and name amongst creatives in Japan. In 2007, an animated version of Franz Kafka’s (1883-1924) 1917 short story A Country Doctor was produced by Koji Yamamura and the author’s name also famously appeared in Haruki Murakami’s bestselling 2002 book titled: Kafka on… Read more »
    Kafka a popular author and name amongst Japan’s creatives Posted by Richard Nathan
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    Japan’s oldest surviving cookbook was published in 1643[UPDATED: 8-26-2019]

    According to historians, Japan’s first modern cookbook Ryori Monogatari, Accounts of Cooking, was published just as the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa (1543-1616), came to power in 1603, and Japan’s Edo Period began (1603-1863). Tokugawa was a supporter of publishing and in particular books that provided… Read more »
    Japan’s oldest surviving cookbook was published in 1643 Posted by Richard Nathan
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