Category Archives: Japan

Talking Roses and the Superhero’s Secretary – Ichigoman & Funny Kuromi-chan, Part 3

This post is the last in my series covering “Ichigoman” (イチゴマン) and “Funny Kuromi-chan” (おかしなクロミちゃん) at Sanrio’s website, though the comics look like they are still being published. I think they started publishing them last year, and they were publishing … Continue reading

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Dark Grape Man and the Mold Zombies – Ichigoman & Funny Kuromi-chan, Part 2

That post title sounds like a good name for a local garage band, doesn’t it?  Today I’m going to continue reading the new Sanrio webcomics “Ichigoman” (イチゴマン) and “Funny Kuromi-chan” (おかしなクロミちゃん).  The webpage the manga are published on is still … Continue reading

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A Kitty Mecha and A Cake-Loving Biker Bunny Go Wild – Ichigoman & Funny Kuromi-chan, Part 1

Sanrio published a new manga of its reboot of Hello Kitty called “Ichigoman,” or “Strawberry Man,” so I want to review some of that along with their new webcomic, “Funny Kuromi-chan.”  Here is the link: http://comip.jp/15/ They actually have more … Continue reading

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Spring Schedule of Author Appearances

As spring kicks into high gear, I will be speaking and appearing at a few upcoming events around town. First up, on May 24th at 7PM, I will be giving my presentation “‘Godzilla, Monster Movies, and Toho Studios” at the … Continue reading

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A Video Book Reading of Noir-Magical Girl Novella Kumori and the Lucky Cat!

  I finally got around to preparing some videos of me reading my 2016 noir-magical girl novella Kumori and the Lucky Cat.  This time I was able to learn more about how to use the recording software, so the audio … Continue reading

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Join My Sobs to the Fading Toll of the Bell – Tale of Genji, Part 6

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for since the beginning of the year, the final post in my series on The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shibiku.  If you’ve made it here with me and read all 1,200 … Continue reading

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Reactions in the Man-Malo Chatroom and the Murderer Revealed – The Snow White Murder Case, Part 3

Let’s finish our series on Kanae Minato’s The Snow White Murder Case (湊かなえの「白ゆき姫殺人事件」) and end it with a bang.  Picking up where we left off with chapter 4 “Local Residents,” journalist Akahoshi continues to interview about six or more people … Continue reading

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The Hagoromo Cosmetic Stone and Company Birthday Cakes – The Snow White Murder Case, Part 2

This time we’re continuing with our series on The Snow White Murder Case (湊かなえの「白ゆき姫殺人事件」). Chapter two, titled “Colleagues 2,” has three sections, each with a different co-worker of Shirono’s speaking. Section one is told from the perspective of Emi Mitsushima, … Continue reading

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As Smoke I Shall Rise Uncertainly to the Heavens – Tale of Genji, Part 4

For the Literati Corner 2016, I have been reading The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shibiku as part of a year-long reading program – details are in my Literati Corner Guide for 2016, please see the menu bar at the … Continue reading

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The Old One’s Gaze Rests Long on the Seedling Pine –– Tale of Genji, Part 3

This time for the Literati Corner, we continue our look at the Japanese classic novel, The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shibiku.  I really have to say I liked this section of the book best so far.  While the first … Continue reading

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