books

Should Japanese schools stop making kids write book reports? Twitter debates

Teacher says book reports just make kids hate books, but some say they’re vital to developing important lifelong skills.

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New Studio Ghibli anime coming this winter is first CG feature planned by Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki has read British novel inspiration “cover-to-cover five times,” will once again team up with son as director.

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New Weathering With You art book comes with free anime backgrounds for video conference calls

Long-awaited collection of background art includes official merchandise for use in both the real and virtual worlds.

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A talk with the man who helped bring Studio Ghibli to the west, Steve Alpert【Interview】

An inside look at Studio Ghibli at a crucial time in its history.

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How to resurrect a water-damaged book: Japanese bath fan’s freezer life hack

”Return by Death.”

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Hideo Kojima thinks there’s a better way to spend your coronavirus free time than playing games

Director of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding recommends putting down the analog sticks in order to do something else as you hunker down at home.

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Can you guess which world children’s literature stars these awesome “anime” characters are?

From The Chronicles of Narnia to Anne of Green Gables, Japanese children’s book publisher’s artwork shines.

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Oldest manuscript of the world’s oldest novel, The Tale of Genji, found in Tokyo【Photos】

Hand-written by a master calligrapher, the manuscript is approximately 800 years old.

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3 rules to make you a more productive writer, from Japanese novelist who wrote 25 books in 8 years

Oh, and he did it all while also being a practicing doctor.

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Why this American can’t stand Japanese bookstores

There’s something about local bookshops that irks even Japanese people

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Japanese parent finds a quick and easy way to get your kids to love reading from an early age

A small investment pays quick dividends as elementary schoolers’ grades jump to the top of the class.

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Kyoto Animation suspends Kyoto Animation Awards in aftermath of deadly arson attack

Novel-writing contest, which accused arsonist was a failed entrant to, has been held since 2010.

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“We just wanna offer a menu on a tits image with love,” explains publisher.

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Anime-style isekai story is actually an English-learning textbook from Japan’s public broadcaster

Ordinary schoolgirl sets out to save fantasy world from an evil dragon while readers set out on the path to learn English.

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What’s in a genre: do you think a novel can be “shonen?”

Is “shonen” for manga/anime only, or can books join the battle too?

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Poop Campus now accepting students to learn Japanese kanji through steaming piles of fun

The Internet just got a whole lot crappier.

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Studying kids from a Japanese publishing logo break free, go on adventure by reading books

Shogakukan’s studying children leap out of their logo and find an endless fantasy world waiting for them. Get reading, kids!

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Japanese bookstores harassed by people making them say title “My Husband’s D**k Doesn’t Go In”

Sometimes a risque book title results in unintended victims.

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Final Fantasy’s designer drew a Cinderella picture book, and it’s amazing【Photos】

A gorgeous take on the character that’s worlds apart from the Disney version, and can be read in English or Japanese.

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