The Research Institute for Japanese Studies at Kanda University of International Studies has just published Japan Guidebook, the second edition. (You can find the official press release here.)
The guidebook consists of 20 parts with more than 100 short, dictionary-like entries that cover a variety of topics and themes, from basic information about the geographical characteristics of the country to articles focusing on history, art, literature, education, economy, politics, popular culture, etc. It also includes 20 one-page essays that present the topics from a more general, comprehensive perspective. All the entries and essays are bilingual (Japanese / English).
The book is the result of a collective effort – all the researchers associated with the Institute contributed – not only articles, but also time, ideas, and energy. It was not always easy, and we still think of the book as a “pilot” project, as we know there is a lot of room for improvement. So we are looking forward to getting feedback and incorporating it into the next edition.
I wrote 15 entries and one essay and what can I say… it was a difficult job, but I had fun doing it, and it’s exciting to finally be able to hold in my hands. Oh, the smell of fresh ink…
You can find the book on Amazon, and in major bookstores in Japan. Get it and let us know what you think!