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With the sponsorship of Tuttle Publishing, Cultural News will give away each copy of the following Tuttle books to paid readers of monthly Cultural News newspaper including past and future subscribers.
Please send your entry including your choice of the book, and your postal mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 24. Only winners will be notified by receiving the book.
Shige Higashi, Editor & Publisher
Clueless in Tokyo: An Explorer’s Sketchbook of Weird and Wonderful Things in Japan
By Betty Reynolds
A perfect introduction to Japan and Japanese culture, this edition contains many new illustrations as well as the Japanese script for key words and phrases.
Adult students and travelers alike will embrace Clueless in Tokyo as a charming and insightful souvenir to be treasured.
Whether it’s fashion, food, sport, transport, seasonal rituals, or Japanese pastimes, each vibrant sketch is a delight, and Reynolds’ witty hand-lettered captions in both Japanese and English provide an entertaining resource for beginning learners of Japanese.
Introduction to Japanese Culture
By Daniel Sosnoski; Photography by Narumi Yasuda
In Introduction to Japanese Culture, you’ll read an overview, through sixty-eight original and informative essays, of Japan’s most notable cultural achievements, including:
Religion, Zen Buddhism, arranged marriages and Bushido
Drama and Art—from pottery, painting and calligraphy to haiku, kabuki and karate
Cuisine—everything from rice to raw fish
Home and Recreation, from board games such as Go to origami, kimonos and Japanese gardens
The Sushi Lover’s Cookbook: Easy to Prepare Sushi for Every Occasion
By Yumi Umemura; Photography by Noboru Murata
In The Sushi Lover’s Cookbook, Japanese cooking expert Yumi Umemura offers eighty-five recipes that combine sushi rice with ingredients ranging from its time-honored partners to unexpectedly delicious ingredients—such as Thai fish sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, cooked meats like roast beef or chicken and French ratatouille—that infuse sushi with an unexpected and international flair.
Sushi fans will love Umemura’s traditional instructions for making Inside-Out Rolls, Nigiri Sushi, Hand Rolls, and Inari Sushi, and her exciting and innovative recipes for Thai Shrimp Sushi Parcels, Taco Sushi, and Korean Kimchi Sushi Rolls.
Kansai Cool: A Journey into the Cultural Heartland of Japan
By Christal Whelan
In Kansai Cool, anthropologist, writer and filmmaker Christal Whelan offers deep insights into the clash of old and new, traditional and modern that plays out on a daily basis in Japan’s ancient heartland.
In this unique collection of 25 essays, Whelan dives beneath the surface of Japan to let readers experience how art, science, faith and history mesh in the Kansai region to produce a singular wellspring of traditional and modern Japanese culture.
A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony
By Hector Garcia
For every fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, smart and concise guide to the land that is their source.
Comprehensive and well informed, it covers a wide array of topics in short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of Japan.
Designed to appeal to the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, manga and video games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the culture guide for readers in the Internet age.
Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories: Anniversary Edition
For 60 years, generations of English-speaking children around the world have been enchanted by Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories—and for good reason.
With such titles as “The Toothpick Warriors” and “The Rabbit Who Crossed the Sea”, these 20 stories offer age-old lessons in kindness and goodness that are still riveting to children and parents alike. This 60th Anniversary Tuttle edition is proof that good stories never wear out.
More Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories: Anniversary Edition
Instill a love of reading and books in your children with this delightful companion volume, More Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories.
In these sixteen entertaining stories, you’ll meet a delicate princess, a flying farmer, and a dragon along with many other characters who will thrill, charm, and delight your children.
Each story contains a shushin, or moral that will teach your child about respecting and helping others. Through imaginative, enchanting tales, More Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories brings all the flavor and wonder of Japan to a new generation of English-speaking readers.