“Stranger in the Shogun’s City” by Amy Stanley

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Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Anyone who reads and researches a lot about Japan knows that there isn’t much tangible social history about those outwith the nobility. This book seeks to shine some light onto a life of an “ordinary” Japanese woman coming of age in the early 19th century. This was a time of huge political and social change in Japan and it was still largely closed off from the wider world and the social and cultural influences of the time. I say “ordinary” because Tsuneno was still rather privileged by the standards of the time, at the beginning of her life at least.

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“The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn” by Waki Yamato

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Thanks to Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

A bit of a Japanese theme on my blog this week. I used to read a huge amount of manga before physical space and bank account constraints put an end to most of my habit, but I still pick the odd one up if it seems intriguing. I’ve always been a fan of the Tale of Genji, written in the 11th century by Murasaki Shikibu arguably the first novel ever written, and by a woman no less.

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