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. . . on Tuesday, July 14 for Shinya Tsukamoto’s grisly, gripping masterpiece, Fires on the Plain, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker-star. In this 70th anniversary year of WWII’s end, fiercely independent, iconoclastic filmmaker Tsukamoto has refused to buckle to the white-washers of history. His provocative new adaptation of Shohei Ooka’s 1951 novel Nobi only slightly exceeds Kon Ichikawa’s 1959 film in its brutality and hell-on-earth savagery. Both draw directly from the horrific source material — but Tsukamoto’s is a perfect reinterpretation for our time; an intensely visceral reminder of the utter obscenity of war: Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten. This is absolutely essential viewing, not only for those too young to remember Ichikawa’s film, but for everyone who believes that Japan can best honor its Pacific War veterans by refusing to turn away from the truth of their experiences. (Japan, 2014; 87 minutes; Japanese/Filipino with English subtitles)

— Karen Severns





Mirai o tsukuru kigyoka (Insights to the Japanese Entrepreneurial Mind: 20 Japanese Startups and Their Journeys to Success)

Casey Wahl

Cross Media Publishing

Gift from Casey Wahl


Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy

Eri Hotta

Alfred A. Knopf

Gift from Eri Hotta


Changing the Conversation: The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution

Dana Caspersen

Penguin Books


The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self, and Home on the Far Side of the World

Tracy Slater

Putnam Adult


Working Skin: Making Leather, Making a Multicultural Japan

Joseph D. Hankin

University of California Press


Fragrant Orchid: The Story of My Early Life

Yamaguchi Yoshiko, Fujiwara Sakuya ; translated by Chia-ning Chang

University of Hawaii Press



Published in: July 2015

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